Today there are more prostate cancer support groups available for wives and partners than ever before and we strongly encourage you to take advantage of them.
Talking to someone who understands exactly what you are going through may help to relieve some of your greatest fears and worries. You can also learn what to expect after prostate cancer treatment.
Online prostate cancer support groups
There is a "Ladies Only" group that is a terrific forum for wives and partners. Once you become a member (membership is free), you can:
Whether your loved one was just diagnosed, or is suffering from end-stage disease, these women will all welcome you with open arms.
The New Prostate Cancer InfoLink runs a social network (kind of like a Facebook for people with prostate cancer) that has a dedicated group for wives and partners. They have a group for younger women, too.
You can view topics, but like the Ladies Only group, you need to become a member (membership is free) to be able to post questions or start discussions.
Yahoo Health has an e-mail list group that welcomes women in all stages from newly diagnosed to those dealing with advanced cancer and women whose husbands have "flown" (passed on).
This group strives to offer information regarding treatment options as well as support. This group does require approval to join by the list-owner.
On-site prostate cancer support groups
You can visit the Us TOO website or call them at 800-808-7866 to see if they have any meetings for wives/partners in your area. Us TOO is a grassroots organization that was started by prostate cancer survivors to help men, but they also have programs for:
Monthly meetings are usually open to both men and their wives/partners.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) offers a prostate cancer support group called Man to Man. Some of these groups are open to wives and partners. In some states, the wives and partners meet separately in their own group settings through a program called Side by Side.
You can find out about ACS meetings near you by calling 800-ACS-2345.
Women Against Prostate Cancer is a national organization working to unite the voices and provide support for the millions of women affected by prostate cancer, and their families.
You can contact them at 202-580-5730 to find out if there's a chapter in your area (or help them build one!).
We encourage you to visit these groups and find the ones that work best for you.
Always consult a medical professional.