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.

Your Questions Answered

Have Your Concerns addressed during the Coronavirus Quarantine Period

Our resident Consultant Urologists have suggested that FOPS friends may contact them with any concerns during the Coronavirus quarantine period.

Please read about our Three FOPS Consultants by accessing The Medical Team page then email the Consultant of your choice and give him your telephone number so he can phone you and you can then discuss your concerns with your Consultant.

Alvan Pope - alvan.pope1@nhs.net
Julian Shah - pjrshah@hotmail.com
Vimo - v.arumuham@nhs.net

We would like to thank Alvan Pope, Julian Shah and Vimoshan Arumuham for allowing us to offer this level of support during this difficult time for all, not least those suffering from Prostate Cancer.

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Our Support Group

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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.

For more information about our support group, click here.

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Latest News

PSA Testing Roadshow postponed until November 2020 photographOwing to the Covid 19 epidemic the 10th FOPS PSA Testing Roadshow on Monday 1st June has been postponed until an evening in November 2020. We will keep everyone updated. Please come back for further details. Venue: The Junction, Christchurch, Chorleywood, WD3 5SG 6.00pm until 9.00pm (Sometime in November TBC)

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Join the FOPS today! Now join us online! photographWe are pleased to announce the launch of a new section to on The FOPS website - a 'Join Us' page. During these unprecedented times - we wanted to ensure potential new members (together with wives/partners) are able to quickly and easily register to join The FOPS. To complete the form online - please visit https://www.thefops.org.uk/join - alternatively, we do have paper versions too. Either way, you will be contacted by a FOPS member after we receive your completed form. As a member, we will[...]

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Have your concerns addressed during the Coronavirus quarantine period photographOur resident Consultant Urologists have suggested that FOPS friends may contact them with any concerns during the Coronavirus quarantine period. Please read about our Three FOPS Consultants by accessing The Medical Team page then email the Consultant of your choice and give him your telephone number so he can phone you and you can then discuss your concerns with your Consultant. Alvan Pope - alvan.pope1@nhs.net Julian Shah - pjrshah@hoitmail.com Vimo - v.arumuham@nhs.net We would like to than[...]

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The Funeral of Roger Wotton

22nd November 2019
The Funeral of Roger Wotton photographMembers of the FOPS and I were both very sorry to hear that Roger had passed away. Roger was widely admired and we FOPS will all miss Roger’s advice, guidance and wisdom that he gave to us at our Council Meetings which he often attended. Roger’s Funeral will be held on Wednesday 11th December at 12.30 in St Bartholomews Church, Wigginton, Tring, HP23 6DZ. Afterwards you are invited to attend Pendley Manor, Cow Lane, Tring, HP23 5QY. Many Thanks, Bob

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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...

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Personal Stories

Roger's Story It was late 2008 when I ventured to my GP mentioning having to get up more frequently at night. So, the first PSA test, which at the age of 60 came back at 4.5. There followed 4 more PSA tests over two years with the last one being 6. With my GP retiring I was allocated a new doctor, who just happen... 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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