Prostate Cancer Events & Support Groups
The Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center hosts events and classes to promote wellbeing and a sense of community for patients, families, and community members connected by their experiences with cancer.
The Comprehensive Prostate Program at Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center hosts various community outreach, education and support services for patients throughout the year.
We are home to one of the most active and longest running prostate support groups in the state. Our group has been meeting for over 16 years, and provides ongoing support for patients and families, as well as educational programs related to prostate cancer treatment and support services.
The program also sponsors community events related to prostate cancer screening, medical services for the underserved, and events for prostate cancer survivors.
The fourth annual Men’s Health Event was held April 26, 2014, at the Church of The Holy Trinity, in Middletown. This annual event provides essential medical services, for underserved and uninsured men, and gives us a great opportunity to work together with members of the community to give back, by meeting the needs of the most vulnerable men in our town.
This year the men were able to obtain services from physicians specializing in podiatry, urology, and general medicine. In addition they were able to access dental cleanings, information on mental health and addiction services, blood pressure screening, smoking cessation, lung cancer screening, and cancer detection and prevention from Middlesex Hospital staff. Information on access to care was also provided by Community Health Services.
In addition to the Cancer Center’s annual Survivors Day, this year we hosted the third annual event specifically for prostate cancer survivors.
Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown was the setting for “It Had to Be You,” an evening of education and celebration for prostate cancer survivors. The semi-formal event took place on September 17th, and was attended by over 80, patients, their family members and staff. The event featured a gourmet sit down dinner, during which a physician speaker presented information on the “Changes Along the Journey of Life.” The highlight of the evening was music provided by Dr. Stephen Lipman, “The Singin Dentist,” and his band, which delighted the crowd by performing songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, and other singers of his era. Couples had the opportunity to learn more about prostate cancer, enjoy a fine meal, and dance in the elegant surroundings of the Wadsworth. As stated by one of the wives of a prostate cancer survivor, “So little is done to recognize prostate cancer patients. This event allowed us to enjoy dinner, make new friends, and feel pampered.”