Regular monthly meetings are normally held at 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm on the third Wednesday of each month, except in December when there is no meeting. However, because of measures being taken to limit the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), our monthly meetings have been suspended until further notice.
Meetings are normally held in Room 22, Building 1, Pearce Community Centre, 3 Collett Place, Pearce, ACT 2607. The meeting location is shown here.
Meetings generally last for about two hours, including tea and coffee at the end of the meeting. All men and women are welcome to attend our meetings ― members, non-members, carers, friends, ‘just interested’, etc. There is no need to ask about attending – simply turn up!
Our next monthly meeting
As noted above, our normal monthly meetings have been suspended at this time, but we are hoping that we will be able to resume these in the very near future as COVID-19 restrictions are eased further.
If you want to talk to someone in the meantime, please contact our President or Secretary.
What happens at our meetings
At our meetings, a wide range of topics is discussed in an informal, friendly atmosphere. Those present include men who have undergone the most common treatments for prostate cancer and their partners. They are willing to discuss their experiences and views with you and to offer support during the diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation phases.
About 20 to 30 people attend each meeting and include women as well as men. No invitation is required; anyone is welcome to simply turn up.
Discussion covers a wide range of topics including:
- risk factors for prostate cancer
- indicators and detection of prostate cancer (e.g. through PSA testing, DRE, biopsy)
- treatment options and their availability
- pre-treatment preparation
- post-treatment care and rehabilitation
- management and remediation of any post-treatment side effects (e.g. incontinence or erectile dysfunction)
- possibility and likelihood of recurrence of prostate cancer after treatment
At most meetings, people who have special expertise in a matter of interest are invited to address the meeting. Such people include urologists, radiologists, medical oncologists, physiotherapists, prostate cancer nurses, exercise specialists and others. We thank the very many health professionals who contribute their valuable time to our meetings.
In addition to our monthly meetings, we also normally organise regular informal coffee and chat mornings. These have been suspended until COVID-19 restrictions have been eased, but we have been holding ‘virtual’ (i.e. by videoconference) coffee mornings in the meantime.
Our coffee mornings normally take place at 10:00 am on the second Tuesday of each month (except January).
Our next coffee morning
Details of our July coffee morning at 10 am on Tuesday 14 July will be provided as soon as possible.