Thursday, 6 September

Oxfordshire Prostate Cancer Support Group

Newsletter September 2018


I’m delighted that we have been able to attract another high profile urology consultant to come and talk to OPCSG.  Steve Foley works at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Berkshire Independent Hospital in Reading.  His profile says: ‘In the past 5 years Steve Foley has been one of the pioneers of the surgical management of male incontinence (particularly the 'Male Sling' - following prostate cancer surgery). This is proving to be highly effective in selected men. He is now one of the most experienced Surgeons in the UK with this type of operation, and regularly trains other UK Surgeons how to perform it. He works closely with the Physiotherapy Department at The Berkshire Independent Hospital and the Berkshire Continence Service.’  Mr Foley will talk about treatments including the ‘sling’.  For any of our members who have experienced incontinence issues (and indeed for those who have been lucky enough not to), this will be a fascinating evening.

6.30 for 7 p.m. at Oxford Golf Club, Hill Top Road, OX4 1PF. Please bring a raffle prize if you can.


On Monday 16 July eighteen members of OPCSG accepted an invitation to visit the Rutherford Cancer Centre Thames Valley at Shinfield near Reading, described in Prof. Karol Sikora’s talk to the group in April.  They were very impressed by what they saw at this new, state of the art centre.  They viewed the facilities, which are still in development, and were interested to learn more about the proton beam facility which should become available later in the year.  They were made aware of alternatives to the type of treatment they may have experienced or been offered.  OPCSG is grateful to the Rutherford Centre for their hospitality and for providing transport to and from the site.


ll once again be attending this annual worldwide motor bike event to raise awareness of men’s health issues.  Come and join us at the Victoria Arms, Marston, from mid-morning on Sunday 30 September to see the array of smartly dressed men (and women, despite the title) and their impressive machines.  A day out to raise awareness, supported by the Movember Foundation.


OPCSG’s finances are currently on a firm footing, but we need to keep donations flowing to support all our activities.  If you know of any club or association which might like to support us, do contact them with the suggestion, or let us know so that we can send information.  If you collect any donations yourself, maybe to mark a special event or anniversary, the easiest way to donate to the Group is via our MyDonate site: (there is also a link on the home page of our website). There is a 15p charge per debit card donation, otherwise all the money goes direct to OPCSG, and you can add to it by claiming Gift Aid if appropriate.  Thank you in advance!


I am delighted to say that an excellent volunteer has come forward to take on the role of Secretary to OPCSG – details will be made public shortly when formal co-option by the Committee is complete.  Your Committee will soon begin to discuss plans for next year.  That includes the make-up of the Committee, subjects for group meetings, external awareness activities, social events and so on.  The Committee needs new blood in addition to the new Secretary: at least one Committee member will be leaving the area.   

Please get in touch if you can help, or if you have ideas for speakers, social activities or the general direction that OPCSG should take.

FUTURE MEETING at 6.30 for 7.00 p.m., Oxford Golf Club

Monday 29 October: Mark Hunter (OPCSG member) on his life as a lighthouse keeper.  If like me you have often wondered what it’s like to spend weeks isolated at the top of a lighthouse surrounded by rough seas, now is your chance to hear from one who’s done it!  NB  DATE CHANGED FROM ORIGINAL DATE LISTED.

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John Grundy                                                           

Chairman, OPCSG