Prostate Support Group
of the Treasure Coast

 

Blue Ribbon

 

Held on the 1st Thursday of each month
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
at the

Robert & Carol Weissman Cancer Center
At Martin Hospital North
501 E. Osceola Street
2nd Floor Conference Room
Stuart, FL 34994

Light refreshments

 

Blue Ribbon

 

Guest Speaker - Thursday - June 4, 2014

Crystal Stokes, Acupuncturist

 

Our heartfelt thanks to the following physicians for the donation of their time and service to our community.
The following physicians participated in the Prostate Cancer Screening at Martin Hospital on February 25, 2014.

Michael E. Lustgarten M.D., Chairman
Vincent P. Miraglia, M.D.
David M. Rodin, M.D.

 

Past Guest Speakers

Our sincere thanks to our guest speakers.
The giving of their time to our group has provided invaluable help and support to our members.

June 4, 2014 - Crystal Stokes, acupuncturist. Crystal will discuss how acupuncture can relieve many of the symptoms associated with cancer.

May 1, 2014 - Dr.Abesada is board certified in medical oncology. Dr. Abesada will discuss the medical treatment of prostate cancer. (Chemotherapy)

September 5, 2013 - Steven Lofton, M.D.  Dr. Lofton is a pathologist at Martin Hospital. He will explain to our group in detail, everything you ever wanted to know about the pathology of prostate cancer. He is also very knowledgeable on the different approaches to prostate cancer treatments.
 
April 4, 2013 - Our guest speaker was urologist, Dr. Michael Lustgarten. Dr. Lustgarten discussed in detail the various surgical treatments for prostate cancer. Members of the group were able to ask questions pertaining to their personal issues which was not only helpful to the member asking the question, but to the entire group.

 

       Map to our meeting location

 

 

 

Notice

As of August 31, 2013, the American Cancer Society (ACS) will no longer sponsor the Man to Man support groups.  The name of our support group will change to the "Prostate Support Group of the Treasure Coast" and we will continue to provide support, education and encouragement to all men as we have done in the past.  Our monthly meetings will continue to be held at the Robert & Carol Weissman Cancer Center at Martin Hospital North.

All men, spouses or significant others are welcome.  Our goal is to reach and provide support to all men who are concerned about their prostate health, looking for information, or those diagnosed with prostate cancer.  Our members are willing to share their experiences, or to help those seeking information on treatment options.  Each person makes their own decisions based on personal experiences and needs.  We are here to support your decisions, answer your questions and provide information.

We extend a hand of friendship to those that could benefit from our experiences and welcome you to join us. 

If you would like to be on our e-mail or mailing list, please submit your contact information, including e-mail address, to David Shore - bd-shore@comcast.net  Your name and contact information will be held in the strictest confidence and is not shared. 

If you would like more information about our group, you may contact me at:

Contact: B. David Shore 
(772)283-9777
bd-shore@comcast.net

 

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This is an article from the National Institute of Health.

Man to Man prostate cancer support groups.
Coreil J, Behal R.
 

Source
College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA.
Abstract
 

PURPOSE
In this report, the authors describe Man to Man prostate cancer support group characteristics and functioning to identify ways to strengthen the program as it expands nationally and internationally.
 

DESCRIPTION OF STUDY
A mail survey of 38 groups in Florida collected data on group meeting practices, facilitator background, training, and perceived needs, and on participant characteristics and satisfaction with the group. Descriptive statistics and bivariate analyses of survey data were performed.
 

RESULTS
Typical groups included both survivors and significant others, met on a monthly basis, and followed a format that combined educational content with sharing of personal experiences. Facilitators and participants alike were typically retired white men in their 60s and 70s from well-educated professional backgrounds, who joined the groups after undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. High levels of satisfaction with the program's organization and functioning were reported. Perceived needs were in the areas of increasing access to support services, achieving a more diverse membership, and better outreach to newly diagnosed patients.
 

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS

Healthcare professionals can play a key role in informing newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients about the availability of support groups in their communities. Earlier referral to support groups would enhance patients' access to shared experiences and resources for guidance in treatment decisions. Greater attention to psychosocial issues in Man to Man support groups might better meet the emotional needs of patients and families.