Responding to calls for more support for prostate cancer patients in the Manning Valley, a new prostate cancer support group has formed.
Until now, men wishing to obtain support through and beyond a cancer journey have needed to travel to Forster to attend a locally based group.
To determine the level of interest in the Manning Valley for a Support Group, a preliminary meeting was held at the Mayo Hospital on May 29 hosted by representatives of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and the Forster Prostate Support Group.
The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Cancer Council NSW and the Manning Base Hospital.
The level of attendance and the interest from community members indicated there was a significant need for a Taree Prostate Support Group to be established to address the needs of men in the Manning Valley.
Peter Lindwall, Taree Prostate Cancer Support Group member and volunteer facilitator says that the Group will aim to encourage more discussion and support for those affected by prostate cancer.
“Until we get further evidence, men aged 50 and over who live in regional and rural areas should have a discussion with their GP about risk factors for prostate cancer and the pro’s and con’s of testing.
"Men who have already been diagnosed or treated for prostate cancer should ensure they regularly see their specialist and GP about follow-up care,” Ms Smith said.
The Manning Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group will meet on the fourth Thursday of every month, 2pm at Club Taree.
The next meeting will be held Thursday June 26.
Prostate Cancer patients, survivors and partners are all welcome.
For further information please contact Brenna Smith, Community Engagement Manager, Lower Mid North Coast, Cancer Council NSW, Tel. 6659 8400 Mob. 0417 673 995 or email Brenna on firstname.lastname@example.org