Friends of Prostate Sufferers - Prostate Cancer Support Group

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Welcome to The FOPS

The FOPS (Friends of Prostate Sufferers) is a support group based in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire. Established in 2009, the FOPS are a friendly group who have experienced most of the various Prostate cancer treatments that combat both Prostate Cancer and BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia). The group share their experiences and answer questions you may have in a relaxed environment. We also have a two eminent Urologists who attend our monthly support group meetings. The FOPS are led by former teacher, Bob Arthy who was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2008.

In addition to our support group meetings we also offer regular PSA tests and host some fantastic fund-raising events throughout the year. To learn more about us please click the About Us menu for more information.

Our Support Group

Next Meeting: Wed March 14th
From 7.30pm to 9.30pm at The Junction, Christ Church, Chorleywood

At the FOPS Support Group we all have at least one thing in common - most of us have or have had a serious prostate problem or know someone who has. We exist to help men, their partners and their families at a time when they are worried about prostate cancer.

When you first discover that you have prostate cancer it can be a huge shock to you and your family. It's a time when you will probably feel reluctant to talk, however, you could get a lot of comfort from talking somone who has treatment and been cured. Our first priority is to provide support and comfort, based on personal experiences, to men who have been recently diagnosed with or have had prostate cancer. We aim to raise awareness of the consequences of prostate cancer and, just as importantly, to encourage partners and families to appreciate how necessary it is that they support men in seeking advice.

FOPS are able to reassure, console and share experiences with anyone anywhere who finds themselves concerned about, or suffering from, any form of prostatic malfunctioning.

Prostate Cancer Support Group

Our team treat everything you talk about in the strictest confidence and you can have as much or as little contact with our group as you wish. Wherever you live, if you would like a quick chat with someone who's 'been there' and will be able to provide a shoulder to lean on feel free to 'Contact Us'. Within our group we have Health Care Professionals and links with other specialist charities too.

Phone us, talk to us on a one to one basis or come along for a coffee at one of our monthly meetings.

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Latest News

A conversation between Mr Mark Dalloway, a new FOPS member, and Mr Alvan Pope, Urologist and FOPS medical advisor... photographAP (Alvin Pope): I am talking to Mark Dalloway, a 53 year old police officer, who was diagnosed with a locally advanced and high grade prostate cancer, just two to three months ago in November. We are going to talk about his interesting story and his treatment so far, and how this is impacting on his life and family. The FOPS can help in bringing people like Mark together and giving them mutual support and encouragement. Mark, this starts as a BRCA2 story, can you tell us a little bit about wha[...]

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2017 - A year to celebrate

20th December 2017
As 2017 comes to an end we have so much to celebrate, from the increasingly popular Monthly Support Group Meetings at the Junction to our annual 6th PSA Testing Roadshow which had a audience that filled Christ Church who listened to and interacted with Mr Julian Shah and Mr Alvan Pope our talented Medical Advisors, before almost seventy men gave bloods for the PSA Test. On a lighter note our November Celebration Lunch filled the Bedford Arms Restaurant with happy chatting smiling faces who enjo[...]

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The FOPS Celebration Lunch

20th December 2017
The FOPS Celebration Lunch photographThe four splendidly prepared wooden tables looked magnificent as the chosen thirty one souls took their places in the regal Bedford Arms Restaurant. They had come to celebrate the nine years since former prostate sufferers David, Jim, Phil, Trevor, Derek and Bob vowed to alert all mid aged men to monitor their prostates by forming the Friends of Prostate Sufferers (FOPS). Soon everyone was deep in conversation with their neighbours and then Grace was said and the scrumptious watercress soup was[...]

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Autumn Luncheon - The Bedford Arms (November 18th 2017) photographCome dine and meet the FOPS for a fun lunch at the Bedford Arms. A three course meal will be served at the Autumn Lunch, followed by a few songs and Maximum 200 second speeches and maybe autres choses... To book a place - make a £20 meal choice of either Venison Pie or Vegetarian. Contact Bob directly on: 07799 475199.

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Our Aims

The FOPS greatest accomplishment is that, working together, we have helped, and will keep on helping, men affected by Prostate Cancer (also known as 'Tiger Cancer') turn themselves away from their personal precipices and get their lives back together. Learn more...

About the FOPS

Personal Stories

Jim's Story It was quite a shock to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2008. I had been to the Doctors with a waterworks problem as many men do. I got up a lot at night but had had this problem a long time. I had various tests but no improvement on my water works. So at 71 years of age I decided to h... Read more...
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Make a Donation

We can't do it without your Support! - You can make a donation to The FOPS at one of our events or support groups. Alternativly, please contact our team to arrange a donation via cheque or bank transfer.

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