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The diagnosis of cancer is challenging for most people and the first reaction may be of confusion with a lack of understanding. We rely on expert advice from our doctors and nurses to make good decisions about our care. However there is a difference with prostate cancer as we often have to choose between two or three good treatment options; sometime the Cancer Specialist may even ask us “what do you want to do?

The newly diagnosed man (IF NEWLY DIAGNOSED CLICK HERE FOR HELP WITH TREATMENT DECISION) with prostate cancer therefore must absorb a lot of information from leaflets, websites and specialists in a very short period of time. There comes a point in this process of self-education when there is a burning need to talk to someone who has been through it all before and can pass on the benefit of their experience.

This support can be given at group meetings which are organised at Maggie’s Centre in Edinburgh and the West Lothian Ability Centre in Livingston. Guest speakers are invited to talk about varied aspects of cancer care (including treatment, research and diet) while the meetings are also an opportunity for members to share their knowledge and ideas.

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Rob Lester - Chairman

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