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Past Events 2024

Professor Francesco Crea of the Open University invited us to the OU to update us on his work on Prostate Cancer.

Monday 10th June 2024 1pm to 2.30pm.


We were pleased to be joined by some members of the Solihull PCS group for this meeting, which was introduced by Aidan Adkins, Co-Chair of Tackle and chairman of the Solihull Group.


The meeting was very well attended and it was good to renew our past association with Francesco, who updated us on the latest research of his department into prostate cancer and how this work integrates with other national and international research efforts.

The visit included a tour of the labs which was very interesting.


Let’s talk about surgery

Monday 13th May 2024 at 7:30pm 


Malcolm Carpenter led a discussion about our collective experience of surgery as a treatment option for prostate cancer in the light of his own experiences. Following routine tests a slightly higher than average PSA in early 2022 initiated investigations by MKUH. Early stage prostate cancer was initially assessed and following various scans early Stage 2 was diagnosed in the summer. Following discussions with the oncology team it was decided surgery was the preferred next steps. Radical prostatectomy was undertaken in October 2022.


PSA Testing Event

Sunday 12th May 2024  10.30am - 1pm  Abbey Hill Golf Course

153 men were tested. Subsequently, ten men received Red letters and five received Yellow letters.

Photographs here.

Let’s talk support

Wednesday 10th April 2024 at 7.30pm  

We discussed how family and friends can support through diagnosis and treatment, as well as what support they need for themselves


Proposed afternoon meeting

Monday 11th March 2024 at 1:30pm - 5:00pm 


Let us chat about radiotherapy.

Monday 12th February 2024 at 7:30pm

Chris Monk,  one of our committee members,  spoke of his experiences undergoing radiotherapy.

Chris' presentation was well received and provoked a lively debate where people added their own radiotherapy experiences.  Discussions continued after tea and biscuits and included an appeal for members to consider presenting something about their own treatment pathway, to a future meeting.


General Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle

Monday 8th January 2024 at 7:30pm

Dr Edward (Eddy) Diget is a Personal Trainer and rehab specialist. He has been a surgeon in the Royal Navy, a martial arts competitor and stuntman. He has also been diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Eddy gave a well received presentation on the importance of exercise and hosted a lively discussion.

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