For some men, talking to others who are going through the same experience of prostate cancer can be a relief. Here are some places to connect with others who know the challenges of prostate cancer:
The Peer Support Service connects people living with cancer to trained volunteers who listen, provide hope, offer encouragement and share ideas for coping – all from their unique perspective as someone who’s been there. Call 1-888-939-3333 or email email@example.com and a staff member will register you with the service.14
The Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN) works to connect patients, survivors and other stakeholder groups with decision makers and the wider community to engage in discussion and to act on evidence-based best practices to alleviate the medical, emotional, financial and social costs of cancer and encourage research on ways to overcome barriers to optimal cancer care and follow-up for survivors in Canada.
Founded in 2003, PROCURE's mission is to provide science and humanity with the means to help prevent and cure prostate cancer. It is the only charitable organization in Quebec to be devoted entirely to the fight against this form of cancer. PROCURE’s biobank – created in 2007 in collaboration with the four Quebec University-based hospital systems (CHUM, CHUS, CHUQ and MUHC) - aims to accelerate breakthroughs in prostate cancer research. PROCURE offers the public and healthcare professionals a comprehensive bilingual website (www.PROCURE.ca) and contributes to supporting patients and their caregivers by providing the services of a urology nurse upon request, a provincial Prostate Cancer Support & Awareness Network as well as information and awareness campaigns.
Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) is dedicated to the elimination of the disease through research, education, support and awareness. Prostate Cancer Canada's goals are twofold - to fund research that will uncover better diagnostic and treatment options and to provide comprehensive support services for those living with the disease. Their website offers a variety of resources for anyone who is affected by prostate cancer, including treatment options and disease information, webinars, expert videos and details on funded research. You can also view videos from Prostate Cancer Canada on their YouTube Channel:
The Prostate Cancer Canada Network (PCCN) is a network of support groups run by prostate cancer survivors, designed to help men and their families diagnosed with the disease. Regular meetings are held in local communities across the country for both patients and their loved ones.13
Wellspring offers free social, emotional, psychological, rehabilitative, and information programs and support for people coping with the everyday realities of cancer. Check their website to find a Wellspring location near you.15