Kidderminster and Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Group, Autumn Open Meeting
Once again the quarterly meeting was very well attended by both members and guests, with over 100 attending. We were privildged to hear a most inspiring presentation on recent developments for Prostate Cancer and Recurring Prostate Cancer given by Prashant Patel from the QE in Birmingham. He gave an insight into the most recent treatments and the trend for longer life expectancy post Prostate Cancer
For the future and earlier diagnosis,the QE are introducing the concept of a Mens Van which may well be attending an area near you in the not too distant future. The chart shown gives a projection of trends for improvements in life expectancy for those of us with PC
Dr Patel also explained that The QE is a leader in treatment for Prostate Cancer. For the Quality of Patient Care, for the Novel Researches undertaken, the Pioneering Trials completed, for all these aspects the QE is known as a World Leader.
Looking to the very near future Dr Patel introduced the Man Van Project , brain child of the Q.E and funded initially by the QEHD charity. The Man Van will be out and about in the community soon. It will enable Men to seek advice on Mens Health and Prostate Issues. It will enable Men to seek advice in a freindly and less daunting environment where access will be normal and easy.
We hope to enable a download of Dr Patels full presentation in our download section in the next few days.
Prashant Patel qualified in 1993 from India and then trained to qualify as a General Surgeon with special interest in pelvic surgery. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Birmingham whilst training as a Urologist. His research explored gene and immunotherapy for prostate cancer.
Then, Paul Merkall introduced the formation of a Mens Shed as a community based project for Worcestershire Men.The Shed will welcome members on a regular basis for the purpose of communication, social well being and learning some new skills. Please check our next blog for more information . The first meeting will be on the 20 th November where our ideas will be formulated and transmitted to members straight away.
There was a presentation of a cheque for £ 500.00 raised for our cause by Penny Aldred on behalf of her father who suffered from PC. An incredible fund raising effort for our cause was made by Tracy Aldred, Land Lady of Bellbroughton WMC. Her father has sufferred from Prostate Cancer, over a short period of time she rented the WMC in Bellbroughton and organised many events including; A Raffle, A Casino Eve,Tombola and even a Peaky Blinder Night. This was a truly remarkable effort and a cheque was duly presented to Paul Brothwell from Janice Boswell on Tracey’s behalf. Many thanks again to Tracy on an astonishing effort.