Prostate & Male Cancer Support Group: Constantiaberg MediClinic
The diagnosis of any form of cancer comes as a shock to any man, as well as his partner and members of his family. In the weeks that follow, difficult decisions have to be made concerning the most appropriate form of treatment and the side effects of the various treatments need to be fully understood.
Support groups help those suffering from cancer to recover psychologically and physically – talking about your illness can be a powerful tool.
The Prostate Support Action Group was started at the Wynberg Hospital in Main Road, Wynberg, Cape Town in July 2000, initially under the auspices of Isla Muhl, and later, of Gill Faris. Both these ladies as facilitators did much towards the success of the Group. Until Wynberg Hospital closed some years later, the hospital provided venues and snacks for the group.
This Group is now open to prostate and other male cancer patients and meets at 17h45 for 18h00 on the third Tuesday of each month (December excluded) and is a valuable source of information, support and comfort. The group is very grateful to many experts in their field who have kindly agreed to be guest speakers at group meetings, covering a variety of subjects, including new developments and therapies.
On evenings with no guest speaker, the group holds open discussions attended by men and their spouses and/or carers, to share experiences, and discuss side effects and how they are handling them etc.
The MediClinic, Constantiaberg, deserves a big thank you from the Group for being willing to continue their support with venue, projection facilities, and refreshments.
For more details on how to join the Group, contact: Can-Sir: 079 315 8627 or People Living With Cancer 021 565 0039
Can-Sir malecare: National
Malecare USA, founded in 1997 created the worlds first heterosexual and gay men’s prostate cancer support group, which has expanded into a global network of in-person and online support for all men of all sexual identities and genders. In March 2013 Can-Sir became a malecare partner and will expanded this program in South Africa and its programs will include services regarding the effects of cancer on Heterosexual, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.
Can-Sir malecare support Forum addresses erectile dysfunction for gay and straight men through consultations with our partnered oncologists, psychologists and social workers. Can-Sir malecare will be facilitating support groups and health care programs, free and open to the public. Many of Can-Sir malecare’s volunteers are themselves survivors diagnosed with cancer. Can-Sir malecare will establish national workshops, lectures and support groups facilitating health education to men, their loved ones and their families.
Cancer Buddies Support Groups: National
Established in 2002, Cancer Buddies is the peer-to-peer support project of People Living with Cancer (PLWC). This volunteer support project is aligned with international protocols, and is now one of the most established volunteer psycho-social projects in the country. The buddy support network allows cancer patients to interact with and receive advice and support from cancer survivors who have a similar profile, disease and treatment protocol.
Cancer Buddies has established branches in the Western Cape, Pretoria Johannesburg and George. All our volunteers and caregivers are cancer survivors and have been through the cancer journey themselves. Our aim is to provide support to newly diagnosed cancer patients when treatment starts, to assist with the initial adjustment to the process. This service ensures that cancer patients and their caregivers have access to support services near their treatment units. Cancer Buddies aims to develop a national support network for those who have been diagnosed with cancer. Assistance is provided to cancer patients and their families individually or within groups, in dealing with:
- their diagnosis and treatment;
- emotional and psychological issues;
- legal and social issues;
- living with and beyond the treatment of cancer.
CanSurvive Cancer Support Groups: Johannesburg
CanSurvive started in October 2009. The aim of CanSurvive cancer support groups is to provide support for cancer patients, caregivers and friends at various levels – no matter what type of cancer they are affected by and no matter where they receive their treatment. Support is provided for all types of cancer and patients. Caregivers and friends are welcome at the meetings.
During the year we have a variety of very interesting speakers. Our drumming and laughter sessions are a hit and our members attended sports meetings and wellness days around Johannesburg to inform people about cancer. CanSurvive is part of the Cancer Buddies support network where cancer patients can interact with and receive advice and support from cancer survivors who often have a similar profile, disease and treatment protocol. Buddy support can be provided via telephone, by one-on-one meetings, or even via email or Skype, depending on your needs.