We are a group of men and women from the Geelong region whose lives have been affected by prostate disease. Our members are often either dealing with a current diagnosis of cancer or are survivors of cancer.
We are affiliated with the Victorian Chapter of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and Cancer Council Victoria (CCV), and work cooperatively to inform, advise, and assist anyone who has an interest in or concern about prostate health. Our eighty or so members have combined experiences in a wide range of treatments for prostate related illness, including surgery, radiotherapy, robotic surgery, hormone treatment, chemotherapy, TURP, and complementary therapies.
Finding out you have cancer is very confronting. We have people in our support group who are here to listen, empathise, provide hope, relate and share their experiences. We welcome anyone who would like to join us whether it be for support or as someone who is a survivor wishing to give back to those needing support. We meet on a regular basis in a friendly environment to help and support each other and learn more about the disease and how to manage it. Partners are welcome to attend and play a vital role in drawing out the implications for families and carers. At a typical meeting we might have 25 to 30 men attending and another 5 to 10 partners of members.
If you are unsure about coming along to a meeting and would like to talk to someone, please phone one of our members listed on the Contact us page.
We invite guest speakers such as nurses, doctors, physiotherapists and other health professionals to provide our members with more information about emerging developments in prostate cancer treatment options, side-effects and the strategies for dealing with them.
We are based in Geelong, Victoria. If you are considering joining a support group and this location is not convenient for you, the PCFA has affiliated support groups in every state and territory for men and their families affected by prostate cancer. You can use the PCFA website to find a group near you.
Our group was formed in 2003, and is run by a volunteer group of facilitators. We are not a fund raising group, although from time to time we do receive donations from local organisations and individuals.
Our Group Purpose and Group Agreement statement sets out the guidelines to be followed during our meetings and discussions, to ensure that member expectations are met and conflicts are avoided. All people attending the meetings undertake to protect personal information shared by other participants. The full statement is available here.