Last chance for prostate cancer sufferers

Free PROACTIVE courses available to anyone diagnosed with prostate cancer

Sussex men living with prostate cancer are being offered free support but they need to sign up soon!

The free PROACTIVE courses, available to anyone who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, whether they are in remission or currently undergoing treatment, start next week.

The 12-week courses, supported by Prostate Cancer UK and Movember Foundation, will be held at Freedom Leisure Hailsham from Tuesday 21st April, Worthing Leisure Centre from Wednesday 22nd April and Withdean Sports Complex in Brighton from Thursday 23rd April.

To secure your place either call 01903 660072 or visit!sign-up/c1q8g where you can sign up directly.

Each 90-minute session is taught by specialist instructors and is divided into discussion and non-compulsory gentle physical activity. Discussion topics relate to health, happiness, diet and physical activity focusing on setting goals and implementing lifestyle and behaviour changes.

The courses have been developed by Dr. Tim Anstiss, a leading authority on behaviour change, and cover positive psychology, happiness and wellbeing, as well as gradually increasing fitness levels and offering tips for managing weight – all presented in accessible ‘bite sized’ chunks.

Dr Anstiss commented: “Cancer affects people in many ways including anxiety and depression, weight loss or gain, as well as sleep disturbance, all of which can effect relationships.

“The PROACTIVE course is based on the emerging science of wellbeing and positive psychology, which includes research into the nature of resilience, quality of life and positive emotional states. Lifestyle and psychological factors often make a real difference to quality of life.

“The course includes information about a whole range of things participants can do to protect and improve their health and wellbeing, encouraging and supporting them to make one or two small changes each week.

“Crucially, the course is entirely voluntary: people participate as much or as little as they want.  It’s a group programme and designed to be relaxed and fun, with lots of opportunities for friendly chat and support.”

Catherine Winsor, Community Support Services Manager at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Prostate cancer is on track to become the most common cancer over all by 2030 and there are currently over 300,000 men living with or after the disease in the UK.

“Dealing with the aftermath of a prostate cancer diagnosis or adjusting to living with the side effects of treatment, can be unbelievably tough for men and their families.

“This course is a great opportunity for men to take a step back and focus on their overall health and wellbeing through exercise and positive psychology, so that they are in a better frame of mind to deal with blows that living with prostate cancer can often involve.”

Registrations can also be made through your GP, healthcare professional.