Reading Prostate Cancer Support Group Chairman: Chris Addison

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

 

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Covid-19 Update: 19/05/2020

Due to the escalation of the spread of the Covid-19 virus, all meetings, social events, walks, and awareness events are cancelled until further notice. However we are please to announce that we are holding our monthly meeting online by Zoom meeting starting on the 1st May 2020. Normally meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. and you can log-in at any time after 6:15 p.m, but please check the meeting details below in case this changes. If you have not received an invidation and would like to attend, please send an email to chairman@rpcsg.org.uk, or contact any committee member - see our contacts page.

We are please to announce that we are starting online RPCSG Friday Coffee Evenings. In these days of lockdown, it's difficult to talk with friends you might meet at our support meetings, coffee mornings, and walks. On Friday evening, we're going to try a Zoom Coffee evening. There's no agenda, no presentation, just the opportunity to chat, and please do bring your partners along too. You will need to provide your own refreshments and snacks, and being unable to sample each others' delicacies, we'll make do with showing them over Zoom. So, have your refreshments and snacks ready at 6:30pm on Friday 22nd May 2020, and call into Zoom. Details on how to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed to members beforehand. If you are not yet a member and wish to join the meeting, please contact the chairman by email - 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 rpcsgmedical@outlook.com 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 - July 3rd 2020: Diane Wootton - Physio for Prostates

Diane will be giving us one of her excellent talks. As before, this will be a Zoom meeting and details on how to join the meeting will be emailed to members beforehand. If you are not yet a member and wish to join the meeting, please contact the chairman by email - see our contacts page.


Macmillan Info Centre Newsletter

We are now making available the latest Macmillan Info Centre Newsletter, you will find a link on our Information 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 will be available at the next meeting.

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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