Support groups around the country exist to provide support to people affected by prostate cancer by providing an opportunity to share experiences and to pick up information. We know that many people find support groups very helpful. You can find a support group near you here.

If you do not have a local group, or would prefer not to attend a support group but would still like to make contact with other people affected by prostate cancer you can become part of our online community.

If you would be interested in taking part in real time 'chats' on the online community or video based support groups please contact ann.innes@prostatecanceruk.org as we are investigating other methods of providing group based support.

Group support for gay and bisexual men

We know that sometimes some of the experiences and issues which some gay and bisexual men want to talk about may not be the same as heterosexual men with prostate cancer so we are looking at a range of ways to increase access to relevant support.

If you identify as a gay or bisexual man, or a man who has sex with other men, and you are seeking to share experiences and ask questions of other men from the same communities. We have created a dedicated space in our online community where you may wish to post specific messages where other gay and bisexual men or MSM can respond.

Group support for younger men

We know that because the majority of men who have prostate cancer are diagnosed when they are over 60, that it can sometimes be harder for younger men with prostate cancer to find others at support groups who are currently sharing some of the same experiences e.g. concerns about your ability to continue to work after a cancer diagnosis, worries about supporting younger children or the impact of side effects such as erectile dysfunction on relationships.

We have created a dedicated space in our online community which may help younger men to connect with others with similar concerns or experiences.

Group support for African/African Caribbean men

We know that there are only a few support groups aimed specifically at men from the African/ African Caribbean community. While support groups welcome anyone affected by prostate cancer you may have specific questions or experiences about which you want support from other men from the African/ African Caribbean men so we are looking at ways to increase access to relevant support.

We have created a dedicated space aimed at African/ African Caribbean men in our online community which you may wish to post on.

Group support for transgender women

Support groups around the country provide support to people affected by prostate cancer by providing an opportunity to share experiences and pick up information. We know many experiences that transwomen with prostate cancer have will be different to men with prostate cancer and so existing support groups may not have the breadth of knowledge and experience to best match those of transgender women.

At the moment we are still trying to get a better understanding of the support needs of transwomen with prostate cancer so that we can develop appropriate resources or work with other organisations to ensure resources and support are available. We have created a dedicated space in our online community which may help you connect with others with similar concerns or experiences.

We are investigating other ways of providing group based support and will post more information as we develop these. Please contact Ann Innes if you have suggestions on group based support you would find useful.

I want to start my own support group

If you are interested in starting a support group, please contact us for information on how we can help.