Prostate cancer support groups can help men navigate a prostate cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. And while we know men aren’t the first people to raise their hand and say they need help – there are lots of different ways to connect with people and find support. Outlined below are several different ways men can find prostate cancer support.
Us TOO has more than 200 Support Groups and Chapters in the U.S. and abroad.
These groups meet up in person to talk about experiences and share information related to prostate cancer. Prostate cancer survivors who attend meetings gain insights from the perspectives other prostate cancer survivors who have “been there – done that.” The format of most support group meetings is very interactive and serves as an educational forum to facilitate conversation, exchange information among group members.
They even have specific groups for men with low risk disease and those with advanced or metastatic disease. Men can easily search on the UsTOO website and find a support group near them or work with Us TOO to start a group in their area if there isn’t one. Click here to visit their site and learn more.
Cancer Support Community’s TOLL-FREE Cancer Support Helpline is for anyone affected by cancer.
Men diagnosed with prostate cancer can call the Cancer Support Community toll free helpline at 1-888-793-9355 to find support Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET. The Cancer Support Helpline is staffed by counselors and resource specialists who have over 170 years of combined experience helping people affected by cancer. They are available to provide emotional support as well as information and referral to local, regional and national resources to anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Cancer Support Community offers other types of support like online community discussion boards and MyLifeLine a way for patients to easily connect with friends and family to regain control and receive social, emotional, and practical support throughout your cancer journey.
CancerCare’s Prostate Cancer Support Groups are Online
In partnership with the National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions (NASPCC), CancerCare is offering a 15-week online support group is for people diagnosed with prostate cancer who are currently receiving treatment. In this group led by an oncology social worker, patients give support to each other and share resources and information. To learn more visit their website here.
Attend Prostate Cancer Research Institute Patient Convention
The annual PCRI Conference is the largest and most comprehensive educational event for prostate cancer patients and caregivers. The conference, moderated by Mark Moyad, MD, consists of keynote presentations and live Q+A’s from leading doctors, and extensive breakout sessions and support groups which cover every major prostate cancer topic. Attendees can expect to find the latest information about their disease and become empowered to make the best decisions for their health.
Join a Support Group On Facebook
Facebook has lots of private groups that people can join related to specific health topics or diagnosis. These are called closed groups, and typically to join you must answer a few quick questions about your diagnosis or why you want to join the group. Then, after the Administrator or Moderator or the group approves you, you can post questions, respond to comments or just ready about other people’s prostate cancer experiences. Just do a quick search in Facebook for “Prostate Cancer Support Groups” or click here to find one to join.
This is just a small sampling of the different ways men can find support if they only take a few minutes to seek it out. Please contact us at HIFU Prostate Services for resources available in your area.