What is the peer support service?
Our peer support service offers anyone confronted with prostate
cancer the opportunity to talk with a trained support volunteer.
Many people find talking with someone who has been there really
helpful. We have more than 80 trained volunteers who can listen to
concerns and share their own personal experience to support others
in a similar situation.
How do I get in touch with someone?
Call our specialist nurses on 0800 074 8383
(Text relay prefix - 18001) to ask to speak to a Peer Support
Volunteer or fill in our form.
Are you a diagnosed man?
Our male volunteers can offer support to men who have been
diagnosed with prostate cancer by sharing their experience of the
- Active surveillance
- Open surgery
- Keyhole surgery
- Robotic surgery
- Brachytherapy (permanent seed)
- Radiotherapy as second or salvage treatment
- High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound (HIFU) as a first or primary
- Cryotherapy as a primary or salvage treatment
- Hormone therapy
They can also talk about their experience of the impact of
prostate cancer on relationships, sex life, side effects of
treatment and issues around getting back to work.
Are you a partner, friend or family member?
We also have volunteers who are partners of men diagnosed with
prostate cancer. They can offer support to other partners, friends
and family in the following areas:
- Supporting a man with early stage prostate cancer
- Supporting a man with advanced disease
- The impact of prostate cancer on their relationship and sex
- Losing someone to prostate cancer
What people have said about our service
"I greatly benefited from speaking to the
volunteers. It was helpful to hear their personal experience as it
was directly related to my situation. I feel better informed about
what to expect, because they have actually been through the
treatments themselves and know what its like."
"My husband initially shut me out; it was his way
of coping. Talking to another wife was enormously helpful and a
real support for me."
If you would like to speak to one of our trained volunteers, our
specialist nurses will ask for a few details from you to pass onto
the volunteer. These details will be stored on our confidential
database. Anything you discuss with our trained volunteers will