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Urology support groups

We currently have two patient support groups for bladder and prostate cancer patients. These meetings are run by the nurse specialists and allow patients with common problems to meet and share their stories. Please feel free to come along - you even get free tea and biscuits! We look forward to meeting you there.

Bladder cancer support group

  • When: first Thursday of every month, from 2pm
  • Where: urology centre, 1st floor Southwark Wing, Guy's Hospital

The bladder cancer support group has been running since April 2009. It meets once a month in the urology centre. All patients with a bladder cancer| diagnosis are welcome to attend, along with their partners or carers.

After introductions, the meeting sometimes starts with a short, informative session on an aspect of bladder cancer, or other health issue related to the disease or its treatment. On other occasions a more general discussion takes place to which anyone can contribute. Many patients find it useful to meet others with whom they can share their experiences and concerns.

For more information

The group is run by Sue Amery|, bladder cancer clinical nurse specialist. There is no need to book, you can just turn up.

Prostate cancer support group

  • When: last Friday of every month at 2pm
  • Where: urology centre, 1st floor Southwark Wing, Guy's Hospital

The prostate cancer support group has been set up to help prostate cancer| patients who have had or are having treatment for prostate cancer. Partners of patients are also welcome.

With an ever increasing turn-out, this group aims to help patients better understand the nature of their disease and the different treatments available.

Our group is co-ordinated by Netty Kinsellal| and Anna Ashfield|, who are both specialist prostate cancer nurses. We discuss matters that are of concern to all prostate cancer patients and carers. We welcome visiting health care professionals who talk about their particular areas of expertise such as surgical procedures, drug treatment, alternative therapies and the importance of diet.  Despite the subject-matter, our meetings are anything but gloomy and not without their funny moments.

No relevant subject is taboo. At first it was thought that members might not want to talk about such intensely personal problems as erectile dysfunction or incontinence, but in this sympathetic environment, the reverse proved to be true.

So, if you are affected in any way by prostate cancer, come along, hear the experiences of others and have your say too. Your input to the support group may help others and you may find it useful yourself.