Reading Prostate Cancer Support Group Chairman: Ted Goodhew

Royal Berkshire Hospital - Nursing Support (0118) 322-5111


READING PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP - RPCSG

To call for immediate support please go directly to the Contact/Support page

NEWS LINKS: Link here to our News & Leaflets page for events we support.

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Monthly meeting - 7th July 2017

Please note the following change to that meeting: Dr Paul Rogers is unable to give a presentation this month. Instead Christine Cowap from MacMillan Trust has kindly agreed to give us a talk.

She is the Macmillan Engagement Lead for Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. She works with support groups within the counties and will come and talk about her work and how the support group can benefit from her help and can in turn help her with the work in the county.


Woodley Awareness Event - 15th July

On Saturday 15th July 2017 we will hold an awareness session in Woodley, at The Stage (previously known as the Pagoda) in the main shopping area in Woodley. The objective of the day is to spread awareness of prostate cancer, which we do by handing out leaflets, mainly the older generation which is more susceptible to the disease, and to answer any questions that anyone may have.

We will man our stand from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., by way of four shifts each of two hours duration. We aim to have at least two people on each shift - the more the better! We will very greatly appreciate any volunteers to help to run the stand, and if you are willing please contact Chris Webb at this email address: web@rpcsg.org.uk.

Please let Chris know of which shift you could help at. The shifts are:

  • 09:00 - 11:00
  • 11:00 - 13:00
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • 15:00 - 17:00

Our aim is to provide a support group for men suffering from prostate cancer, and their wives and partners. We achieve this by offering information, support, help and advice, and a social setting in which group members can converse at regular group meetings and social functions.

The information that we - the RPCSG - have is based on the experiences and treatments of other members, but you should of course see a consultant for treatment specific to you.

We hold regular meetings and social functions, and events to promote awareness of prostate cancer in the community. We work closely with staff at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. Many of our members first attend a meeting after diagnosis and before treatment, and found advice and experience very helpful in this confusing time before treatment.

We warmly welcome new members - Please note that Membership is FREE - and their partners, who are invited to either attend one of the monthly meetings, or to contact a support member on the telephone numbers found on the Contacts/Support page.

We arrange several events during each year, and hold monthly group meetings, at which we have professional guest speakers who give presentations on topics relevant to prostate cancer. These meetings also give the opportunity of social interaction between members. A regular Newsletter is sent to members.

The Reading Prostate Cancer Support Group has been running since 2007 and has a membership of more than 120 male and female members, many of whom attend our meetings - often with their family. Our meetings are held in the early evening on the first Friday every month. The Committee work to ensure that we have the chance to hear presentations by well-respected professionals on topics of interest to the group.

Meetings are held next door to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, just a short walk for those receiving and providing treatment. Hence we attract many of the top professionals in Berkshire, some may even be treating you. In addition we make a point of inviting speakers from around the country together with specialist nursing professionals who often take a lead to get things known and shared.

Finally we take time to find where new treatments are heading so progress can be understood in layman's terms and the news shared by all as diagnosis and treatment awareness of prostate cancer continue to improve.

 

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