We know that cancer can be a very scary subject.

We also know that men are 16% more likely to receive a cancer diagnosis, yet women are far more likely to seek medical advice and support. It’s really important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer, and if you’re feeling stressed or worried about any changes to your body; it’s time to get back in control by taking action.

At Wessex Cancer Support, 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 someone close to you having 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 think you could gain some new skills to help you move on
  • You are helping a loved one who has cancer
  • You have recently lost someone close to you who had cancer
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 cancer 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
  • Hear from guest speakers who have expertise and opportunities for better health and wellbeing
  • The meeting will be made up of three parts; table conversations, hearing from a guest speaker followed by an open conversation.
When and where does the group meet?

When – in person: The first Thursday of the month between 7.00pm and 8.30pm
Where: Ambassador Suite, AFC Bournemouth Vitality Stadium, Kings Park, BH7 7EF
For more information please email bournemouth.centre@wessexcancer.org.uk or call 01202 315 824

When – on Zoom: Mondays and Fridays at 10am

We also have a Men’s Support Group based at our Waterside Cancer Support Centre

This group is facilitated by experienced counsellor, John Blease, and provides a safe and confidential place for men to talk about how cancer has impacted them. If you have a cancer diagnosis, are receiving treatment, in remission or are caring for a loved one with cancer, you can receive emotional support, assistance in coping and guidance on the grief process.

When: The third Thursday of the month
Timings: 6:30pm – Welcome cuppa
7:00 – 8:30pm – Meeting
Where: Wessex Cancer Support Waterside Cancer Support Centre, The Grove, 25 John’s Street, Hythe SO45 6BZ
For more information please call the Support Centre on 023 8178 0409 and leave a message for Peter.