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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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The May 31st Support Group Meeting photographOur 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[...]

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Tackle AGM June 2017

17th June 2017
Tackle AGM June 2017 photographLast 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[...]

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XK Club Round Britain Coastal Drive photographOne 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[...]

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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. Th[...]

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Itinerary for the FOPS 6th Annual Roadshow photographThe 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:

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The Spring Fever Dance - Rave of the Year photographThe 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.

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Upcoming Events

14Mar 2018

March FOPS Support Group Meeting (Wed 14th March 2018)

Wednesday 14th March 2018

At the FOPS Support Group we all have at least one thing in common - we've all had prostate cancer a... Read more...

16Apr 2018

7th FOPS Prostate Roadshow

Monday 16th April 2018

Free PSA Test - Donations Welcome Venue: The Junction, Christchurch, Chorleywood, WD3 5SG. Monday ... Read more...

18Apr 2018

April FOPS Support Group Meeting (Wed 18th April 2018)

Wednesday 18th April 2018

At the FOPS Support Group we all have at least one thing in common - we've all had prostate cancer a... Read more...

30May 2018

May FOPS Support Group Meeting (Wed 30th May 2018)

Wednesday 30th May 2018

At the FOPS Support Group we all have at least one thing in common - we've all had prostate cancer a... Read more...

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Personal Stories

Phil's Story I have worked for myself for the majority of my working career and have kept myself fairly fit. On looking back on the 2 years before I was diagnosed with P.C. I was getting very tired in the late afternoons, but put this down to business pressure and old age. After having a healthy sex life, I was... Read more...

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