Reading Prostate Cancer Support Group Chairman: Chris Addison

Phone RPCSG Support on 0118 357 0482

Email RPCSG Nurse Support at

Royal Berkshire Hospital - Nursing Support 0118 322 5111


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Covid-19 Update: 14/07/2020

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, all live meetings, social events, and awareness events are cancelled until further notice. However we are holding our LIVE coffee mornings and walks! All walks and coffee mornings are held following current Covid-19 guidelines.

We are continuing to hold our monthly meeting online by Zoom meeting. Normally Times and Zoom login details will be included in your email invitation. If you have not received an invitation and would like to attend, please send an email to, or contact any committee member - see our contacts page.

If you need any help you can call us on our new phone number: 0118 357 0482. You will be put through to one of our support team. For more information, see our Contacts/Support page. We will update this information if anything changes, so please check here again from time to time.

A new email address has been created by Beverley Skelton, the groups nurse support. She is aware that the CNS team are being redeployed onto wards and it can be harder to contact them so has set up this address for anyone who has questions. This is NOT to be used for urgent information as she is working on the wards and will hope to check it daily but this may not be possible. It can be used for information requests of a non urgent nature. Please ensure you give your name and a little information so she can give advice.

PCUK FAQ on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and prostate cancer

Prostate Cancer UK provide a very useful FAQ on Covid-19 and prostate cancer Prostate Cancer UK FAQ on Coronavirus which is being updated very frequently with the questions that the PCUK specialist nurses are being asked. Even if you looked a while back, you might want to check it again if you have some new questions.

Monthly Meeting - November 6th 2020: Mark Little (Consultant Radiologist)

Title to be confirmed

RPCSG Coffee Morning 20th October

The next RPCSG social coffee morning has been arranged and is on a different day to that suggested in the September newsletter.

The RPCSG will hold a coffee social morning on Tuesday 20th October from 11:00 a.m. at the Flower Pot in Aston. The garden of this pub is a very suitable location for us and enables us to observe the social distancing rules.

There is a road closure leading to the Flower Pot so this time we will have to take a different route. Due to gas works until the 8th November, Aston Lane is closed between the A4130 and The Flower Pot. The best way to arrive now is to go via Remenham. Take the turn into Remenham Lane at its junction with the A4130, which is close to Henley bridge and The Little Angel pub is at this junction. Continue along Remenham Lane for about two miles and The Flower Pot is on the left.

There are two car parking options, both free of charge.

* About 40 yards before The Flower Pot there is a left turn into an overflow car park.

* Just after the Flower Pot there is a car parking area on the right.

I hope to see you and partners at the coffee morning. If you have any queries you can call Richard Brown on 07973 662925.

Tackle Newsletter

To see the latest Tackle Newsletter please see our Links page. Please do have a look as it contains a lot of interesting and useful information.

Macmillan Info Centre Newsletter

We are now making available the latest Macmillan Info Centre Newsletter, you will find a link on our Links page. Please do have a look as it contains a lot of interesting and useful information.

What are PSA, Gleason scores, T1,T2,T3,T4, M & N?

Confused by all the jargon? Have a look at this introductory leaflet by Prostate Cancer UK. Click here to see the article.

Macmillan Toilet Cards

As a result of having Prostate Cancer, or due to the treatment you have received, you may from time to time have an urgent need to use a toilet. Macmillan have produces a card that you can show and hopefully be allowed to use a staff toilet in a shop or elsewhere. We have a limited number of these cards which we can post to you. Please email

The Reading Prostate Cancer Support Group provides support for men suffering from prostate cancer, and for their wives and partners. We achieve this by offering information, support, help, 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 cannot offer medical advice.

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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