Prostate Cancer Support Groups

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, who recently announced his prostate cancer diagnosis, was invited to attend a local Scranton prostate cancer support group.  Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago (PCFC) commends Governor Wolf for drawing attention to prostate cancer and the need for screening.

PCFC would like to extend a similar invitation to all area men diagnosed with prostate cancer, their spouses, and caregivers who seek additional information about treatment options, or anyone interested in prostate cancer, to attend a meeting of PCFC Prostate Cancer Support Group.

We would also like to welcome individuals who may have attended the nearby prostate cancer support group chapter of US Too, International, which recently discontinued meeting at its Lombard location.  All are welcome to benefit from discussions, sharing, and learning at PCFC Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings, held the first Wednesday of each month.

Why attend a support group meeting? A recent Canadian study of the value of prostate cancer support groups demonstrated preliminary data when primary care physicians were positive about patient support groups, their referred patients, in turn, had positive experiences.  Previous research on support groups cited reassurance, reduced anxiety, improved positive outlook and the perception of being more involved in treatment decisions. The recent study found face-to-face support group attendance could begin with participation in web-based patient support forums, which may also be especially useful in rural areas.

But as one advocate of traditional support groups—a participant in Scranton’s Man to Man prostate cancer support group—stated “Every time you walk away, you’re going to learn something, you’re going to share something with somebody, and if you can help one person, that’s I think the best thing that we can do.”  Many of PCFC’s long-time Patient Support Group members echo this outlook, and share they would not miss a meeting for the chance to give back to other men facing prostate cancer.

For more information visit Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago, or contact Michelle Braccioforte, MPH, Director of Education and Research at 630-654-2515.  PCFC is also available to provide prostate cancer wellness educational presentations for your employee wellness program or at meetings of your community, church, or other organization.


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