Finding out what works
A holistic support programme was set up for men with prostate cancer, which included weekly holistic support sessions over a period of six weeks. Primarily the team looked to promote the importance of physical activity, provide support around healthy lifestyles and manage any side effects of treatment.
The service hosted a different speaker each week, covering several topics including symptom management, healthy living and nutrition, relationships and complementary therapies. Each session lasted a whole afternoon and comprised of; an education section on the week’s theme, some time to talk with other attendees on an informal basis and an exercise class. The physiotherapist-led exercise classes included a circuit of activities that men are also able to do at home, which is a crucial aspect of the programme. To encourage this, participants are given a book of exercises, an exercise diary and a pedometer. During this time, carers were invited to attend a support group to share experiences and seek further advice on how best to support men with prostate cancer.