Talk to Someone Who’s Been There
A Support Group is intended to offer a comfortable environment to ask questions and process your feelings with respect to your Prostate Cancer. You will benefit from shared practical experiences of how others dealt with their difficulties. We provide an opportunity ask questions and, as you come to trust your peers, to share your concerns and how you are feeling to assist in easing your stress. We are all open to sharing our stories, journeys and experiences in the hope that you can relate and feel supported in your situation.
Support groups demonstrate that you are not alone, and that others share similar experiences and concerns. Participating in a support group can include the following benefits:
- Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
- A clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation
- Gaining sense of empowerment and control
- Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
- Improved coping skills and adjustment
- Comparing notes about resources, such as doctors and alternative options
- An opportunity to talk openly and honestly about your feelings
- Learning about new medical research
- Reduction in distress, depression or anxiety
For Spouses and Partners
It is important spouses and partners learn about prostate cancer and its effects on their lives and relationships:
- So many men say that they could not have gotten through Prostate Cancer, its treatments and side-effects, without the love and support of wives or partners.
- Prostate Cancer is a “couples illness” in which the disease, as well as its treatments, affect relationships throughout the diagnosis, treatment and survival journey.
- Advice, personal experiences, and empathy from others who have gone through the same journey can help as you advocate for your loved one.
- We can provide links to valuable resources designed specifically for wives, partners and family members of Prostate Cancer patients.
- Alternatively, we can arrange for one-on-one discussions with other women who have gone through similar experiences.
Benefits of a Prostate Cancer Support Group
- Prostate cancer support groups have been reported as useful in mitigating the psychosocial aspects of cancer by conveying information, empowering men with PCa, enhancing and facilitating psychosocial adjustment, and helping men and their partners cope with life after a diagnosis and treatment of cancer
- Sharing experiences and emotional support were highlighted as the strongest factors positively influencing men’s adjustment to PCa