Cancer Support Community Offers Free Prostate Cancer Seminar and Groups
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to take advantage of the free support programs offered by the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara (CSCVVSB).
Prostate Cancer is the second most common cancer affecting American men, with one in six being diagnosed during his lifetime. If you or a loved one are dealing with this disease, the Cancer Support Community offers friendship, support, and information at no cost to you.
Dr. Robert Princenthal of Rolling Oaks Radiology will be at CSCVVSB on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to discuss advances in prostate MRI, detection and staging, and answer questions. This event is part of CSCVVSB’s Prostate Cancer Networking Group, which meets on the third Saturday of each month. Patients, survivors, and family members are welcome. The guest speaker for Saturday, Oct. 20 will be Dr. Tanya Dorff of USC Norris Cancer Hospital.
CSCVVSB also offers a prostate cancer support group for men only, on Wednesday, Sept. 19 and on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month thereafter, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. All groups meet at the Cancer Support Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village, 91361.
Kevin Axelrad, Ph.D facilitates the groups and has been working with prostate cancer patients and their families for nearly 20 years. “The networking group provides helpful information and lasting connections, and the support group is a more intimate setting where men can share their concerns and feelings,” says Dr. Axelrad.
Phil Dipaola, a two-year survivor of prostate cancer, is an active member of the networking group along with his wife. He is also a founding member of the support group. He credits the groups with providing information, connections, and camaraderie. “It helps to know that there are people I can talk to if I have questions or need to find a source for some information,” says Dipaola, a marriage and family therapist. He adds, “The support group is a place to get to know each other on a deeper level because you’re talking about common concerns and the impact of prostate cancer on your life.”
The Cancer Support Community offers support groups for people with any type of cancer and their caregivers and family, mind/body programs, creative classes, stress management, Spanish language services and programs for children affected by cancer. Services are FREE of charge. For information call (805) 379-4777 or visit www.cancersupportvvsb.org.