PCaSO Eastern Sussex Group

PCaSO Eastern Sussex Group

The New Eastern Sussex Group from 2024 will be co-ordinated by:

Lorna Earl, Macmillan Counselling Service Lead, ESHT
Lisa Hollands, Macmillan Cancer Support Worker, ESHT
Clive
Hancocks, PCaSO Eastern Sussex Group Organiser
Brian Holden, Chair, PCaSO

Meetings start at 7pm all are welcome including wives/partners

Meeting dates for 2024:

Tuesday 26th March 24
Speakers Ed Calleja, Speciality Doctor, Nicola Milton, Urology/ERAS Specialist Survivorship Nurse and Gabby Sullivan, Lead ERAS Nurse talk on ‘ESHT Urology discuss enhanced recovery, robotic prostatectomy procedure and living with and beyond cancer (survivorship)’

Tuesday 25th June 24
Speaker Sam Bentley, Engagement Officer, One You East Sussex talk on Support in East Sussex for physical activity and wellbeing.

Tuesday 24th September 24
Speaker Sally Sawyer, Lead Uro-Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist talk on Prostate cancer treatments in general including managing side effects.

Tuesday 17th December 24
Speaker Rebecca Rushton, Specialist Urology Diagnostic Nurse talk on Managing the diagnostic pathways.

Group Organiser:  Clive Hancocks, Email Clive

Our meetings are open to anyone who has an interest in prostate cancer.  This includes men with prostate cancer, their partners, family members, carers and friends.  We meet four times in the year, usually on a Thursday, at 7.00 pm in the Education Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital.

The Education Centre is on the first floor of the hospital and can be easily accessed by stairs near the 53.3 degree North coffee shop to the right of the main entrance.  You will see PCaSO signs to direct you to the venue.  You can use the lift to access this floor as well.  Please contact us if you need further information about using the lift.  Meetings are normally concluded by 8.30 – 8.45 pm.

The meetings usually comprise a talk from a guest speaker with time for questions either during the presentation or afterwards.  We then have refreshments and a raffle which allows time for more informal discussion with other members and the guest speaker.  Speakers are normally health care professionals or people connected with prostate cancer in their work role.  Occasionally, we have an open forum meeting but it is up to you how little or much you want to say about your experience of prostate cancer.  The emphasis and purpose of the meetings is to share information and learn more about living with and beyond prostate cancer including the consequences of and side effects of treatment, for example, improving bone health, coping with weight gain.

If you drive to the meetings, you are entitled to free car parking tokens at Eastbourne DGH as you are attending a cancer support group. Please collect your token from the Car Parking office near the car park entry barriers. The barrier is usually raised by the time we finish our meetings, so it is not normally a concern.