The diagnosis of prostate cancer comes as a severe shock, not only to the man himself but also to his immediate family and particularly his wife or partner. Treatment decisions will have to be made and, initially lacking knowledge of the problem, he can feel very lonely and even despondent.
A Prostate Cancer Support Group can be of great assistance at this time, providing both consumer-level advice on various treatment options and encouragement to see that there is life after prostate cancer and treatment for it. To this end, we share experiences in a confidential setting. We do not provide medical advice.
The Eltham Prostate Cancer Information and Support Group is one of over 150 groups in Australia. We serve the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, meeting on the evening of the third Monday of every month from January to November. See "Meeting Details" and "Contact Us" for further information.
We also run an ongoing program to promote awareness of the need for older men to see their GP once a year for a routine prostate check. The earlier problems can be detected, the better the chances of successful treatment.