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Support for prostate cancer survivors

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A new group is being formed to assist those who have fought prostate cancer.

The Estevan Prostate Cancer Support Group will have its first public meeting on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, starting at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Hospital.

An organizational session has already taken place.

Local prostate cancer survivor Dave Saxon said it's a group that will assemble and share their experiences from their cancer fight.

“We'll put our heads together and ask each other what's going on in our lives,” said Saxon.

It always helps to have someone to talk to when fighting cancer, he said.

Saxon has attended a group in Regina to see how it functions. He noted that women attended the group in Regina, and often helped to initiate conversations. Prostate cancer survivors will be allowed to bring their wives to the gathering in Estevan.

He hopes that people in Estevan's support group will feel comfortable to ask questions. The group hasn't booked any speakers yet, but they would be pleased to have someone address the group.

It'll also be a place where people can offer ideas and suggestions, but Saxon said nobody will be told what to do.

There was a support group in Estevan at one time, Saxon said, but it hasn't been meeting for a few years.

“We all needed help (during our treatment), and we phoned up survivors (for advice),” said Saxon. “But there's nothing like being face-to-face.”

 


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