METRO Walnut is a support group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people who have prostate cancer and their partners. Based in Greenwich, they're currently the only group offering this service in the London and South East area, but we hope this article will inspire others to set up even more groups.
The group was founded by Simon two years ago with the help of Macmillan and funding from Prostate Cancer UK, after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
'Our monthly group meetings allow participants to talk about the issues that concern them with others in an open, confidential and non- judgmental atmosphere,' says Simon. 'And we have a laugh or two. We also are open to those LGBT people who might have related sexuality function cancers, such as testicular, colon and bladder.'
One in eight men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives, making it the most common form of cancer in men in the UK. While there is no evidence that gay or bisexual men are more likely to get prostate cancer, METRO Walnut is a group that explicitly meets their needs.
Macmillan is dedicated to making sure everyone affected by cancer has the support they need. Helping groups like this is just another way to reach even more people.
To find out more about how Simon set up his group, or if you want advice on setting up your own support group, please drop him an email.
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