The support group was started in May 2009 and is affiliated with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. The group's main focus is to offer support to members and information to the general public.
Our Support Group
A diagnosis of prostate cancer means men and their families are faced with daunting decisions about what to do next. Many men initially suffer shock and may feel angry, fearful or depressed. Most have very little knowledge of the disease, treatment options and possible results.
Men and their families who have been affected by prostate cancer can feel reassured by sharing in the experiences of those who have been through it themselves. To be able to talk about their situation in a relaxed, empathetic environment is very helpful. Members are usually surprised how much their attitude improves and confidence increases.
We strongly encourage partners to come along. They are very much part of the journey. They are also very much affected and can play a significant role in helping their men get through the physical and psychological impact of the disease by being involved and staying intimate.
Format of the meetings
Once visitors are welcomed and any official business is over, the meetings normally take the form of a DVD presentation on relevant topics, or we may have a guest speaker who specializes in their own relevant area, or one of our members may share their own personal journey with the group.
That will be followed by a group discussion time. New visitors will be invited to give us their stories and seek any information they might need. These conversations are informal and private.
Time is allocated lastly for tea/coffee and an opportunity for personal interaction and to arrange the follow-up of any specific needs.
We have a library of books, DVD’s and brochures on the many aspects of prostate cancer, its treatment options, side effects, and rehabilitation programs.
The third Monday of each month at 7.15pm. The venue is the Glyde-In Community Learning Centre, 42 Glyde St, East Fremantle.
Please check your local community newspaper the week before the meeting for details of any special topic or guest speaker, or contact one of the Co-Convenors listed above.
Location of Meeting
Glyde-In Community Learning Centre
42 Glyde St
East Fremantle 6158
Richard Flanagan Convenor
0418 858 003