At Wessex Cancer Trust, we understand that cancer can have a physical, emotional and practical impact on your life and the lives of those around you. Even if you have stopped treatment you might still have side effects, and worry about cancer coming back. We also understand that supporting someone close to you with cancer can be difficult but there are strategies and resources to help you through.


 Attending a support group can be helpful in many situations, including:

  • You have recently received a cancer diagnosis and you’re having treatment

  • You have finished cancer treatment but you are struggling to move on

  • You are supporting a loved one who has cancer

  • You have recently lost someone close to you who had cancer


Friends and Family support

You might already have your own support network. Talking to a partner, family member or friend can help take some of the pressure off you and talking is a great way to relieve concerns.  However, it can sometimes be hard to speak to those who are closest to you because you don’t want to upset them or share your feelings. Living with cancer can also have an effect on relationships and intimacy which might be difficult to discuss with those close to you.


Our MENtalk group

Our support group is a community of people with a similar diagnosis or situation coming together to share knowledge, encouragement, and experiences. Our male only support group could help you:

  • Get peer support. You will have people who understand what you are experiencing

  • Gain knowledge. The other participants may have suggestions about dealing with side effects, or suggestions for resources and providers

  • Learn coping skills and gain the tools necessary to deal with stress and to better adjust to your changing situation

  • Talk openly about your feelings and fears. It’s no secret that men often find it difficult to express themselves. A support group provides a safe environment to share.

Our group is facilitated by an experienced male counsellor who will provide practical coping skills and resources. Each group member will have the opportunity to talk openly and confidentially.


When and where does each group meet?

When: The second Thursday of each month between 7:00pm and 9:00pm.
Where: The Grove, 25 St John's Street, Hythe, SO45 6BZ
For more information please email [email protected] or call 023 8178 0409.

When: The Third Thursday of each month between 6:30pm and 8:30pm.
Where: Wessex Cancer Trust Cosham Support Centre, 77-79 High Street, Cosham, PO6 3AZ
For more information please email  [email protected] or call 023 9232 6511.

When: The first Thursday of the month between 7.00pm and 8.30pm starting on 5th December.
Where: Ambassador Suite, AFC Bournemouth Vitality Stadium, Kings Park, BH7 7EF
For more information please email [email protected] or call 01202 315 824.