AP (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[...]Read full story
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[...]Read full story
The 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[...]Read full story
Come 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 meeting on May 31st was one of our best to date. To have men and their partners tell us they "enjoyed" the evening is indeed gratifying, as a "Prostate Cancer Support Group Meeting" and "enjoy" are not exactly words you would think to link together. The thirteen new attendees were very much made to feel welcome. Alvan Pope, our Consultant Urologist, was his usual brilliant self, and certainly had a very busy evening dealing with so many questions, but somehow managed to address each new pers[...]Read full story
Last Tuesday the 13th June I (Bob Arthy) was privileged to attend with nearly a hundred others the AGM of Tackle which now represents 87 PSA Support Groups throughout the UK. The organisation of the AGM was superb, for instance we all received an Agenda which came with a detailed researched background to each item on the Agenda. Stand up Roger Wotton as we all salute your drive and enthusiasm not to mention your Chairmanship that is truly enervating this Nationwide Association of Prostate Cancer[...]Read full story
One hundred plus Jaguar XK models from the 1950’s are taking part in this Coast of Britain Drive from June 12th – 29th. Entrants are joining in for one day or as many as they are able between these dates.
FOPS founder member David Cottingham and his good pal Dr Ian Fyfe joined in for the start from Beaulieu on Monday June 12th and drove the first three stages in Ian’s 1953 Jaguar XK 120 FHC.
Cars were flagged away on the 12th June from the National Motor Museum by F1 moto[...]Read full story
The enthusiastic FOPS Welcoming Team did a wonderful job in meeting and greeting nearly one hundred men and ladies who had come for a PSA Test or just to take part in the Presentations of 'Trouble Down Below' and 'Something for the Ladies'.The FOPS Team, chatted and served coffees, helping men to complete their Consent Forms, and then leading them to Hitesh and Rajula our FOPS Chemists who had compiled the Consent forms and the Introductory leaflets and who oversaw the PSA Testing procedure.
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The itinerary for the FOPS 6th Annual Roadshow has been printed. But we have attached a copy ahead of the event on Monday 5th June. See below:Read full story
The Spring Fever Dance on Saturday evening April 29th at the Chorleywood Tennis Club attracted a full clubhouse of over seventy souls who danced the night away to the Mick Flinn Band who played such wonderfully rhythmical music.
What with Elaine's delicious finger food and Jimmy and Jules serenading us in the Interval it was a real night to remember as the Spring Fever Dance turned into the "Rave of the Year". Our thanks to the Tennis Club for hosting this most successful FOPS event.Read full story