26 Feb 2013
In - Policy Events

Let's take immediate steps to make a difference to the lives of gay and bisexual men affected by prostate cancer - that's the recommendation of a report published today by Prostate Cancer UK and Stonewall.

Exploring the needs of gay and bisexual men dealing with prostate cancer [PDF] makes a number of specific short and long-term recommendations to meet the needs of gay and bisexual men.

Short-term recommendations include using diverse imagery on our website, leaflets and booklets and forming an internal working group to raise the profile of this work.

Longer-term goals include developing a specific information resource for gay and bisexual men; considering further training for health professionals; developing resources for support groups; helping men to set up their own groups; and sharing knowledge and good practice with other organisations.

Prostate Cancer UK and Stonewall will look for ways we can work together to put these ideas into practice.

The recommendations reflect the findings of a workshop which brought together health professionals, researchers, experts and gay men affected by prostate cancer - the event was the first of its kind in the UK. Presentations and discussions considered the gaps in information, in support and in health professional knowledge.

If you have any questions about this work, or would like to be involved in taking it forward, please contact the Information Team at info@prostatecanceruk.org.

New Manchester support group

We're working in partnership with The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) and Malecare to set up a prostate cancer support group in Manchester. If you are a gay or bisexual man dealing with prostate cancer, this support group will offer you a safe and confidential environment to discuss your concerns and experiences with other men dealing with the same issues. Email groups@lgf.org.uk to find out more.

The group is facilitated by Martin Wells, himself a long-term prostate cancer survivor. Martin talks about coming to terms with changes to his sex life in one of our videos about dealing with treatment side effects.

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