Patient-led prostate cancer charity, Tackle, hosted its ‘Wellbeing’ conference at Twickenham Stadium yesterday, during Men’s Health Week, which unearthed some simple steps to help patients cope with diagnosis and symptoms. Falling near Father’s Day, the talks reminded patients that spending time with loved ones and practicing hobbies can help to mentally and physically deal with the disease.
Sandy Tyndale-Biscoe, Chairman of Tackle, commented: “When men are diagnosed with cancer they often mentally shut down and feel out of control. The conference explored techniques that we can share with members to help them deal with their disease and keep track of important symptom changes. Father’s Day can be a difficult time for some but it is important to be around loved ones, do things for other people and embrace what you enjoy, especially when dealing with cancer, and this conference has helped us focus on the positive.”
Members of Tackle, sponsors of the event Prostate Cancer UK and healthcare specialists listened to talks from healthcare professionals covering physical and mental wellbeing. Dr Stéphanie McArdle of Nottingham Trent University’s John van Geest Cancer Research Centre presented ‘Surviving prostate cancer through a positive mental attitude’. Here Dr McArdle showed how meditation, laughter and working in support groups like Tackle’s can help with positive mental attitude and aid recovery.
Director of Natural Therapies, Elaine Williams and Clinical Nutritionist, Weight & Health Coach, Stephanie Moore from the Grayshott Spa in Surrey, presented their holistic approach and techniques for wellbeing. The spa itself is renowned for an extensive range of natural therapies and lifestyle treatments. To mark its 50th anniversary, the Spa has donated £250,000 worth of stays to Tackle in addition to working on some exciting upcoming events and collaborations.
To get involved with Tackle’s Father’s Day conversation, post positive things about your #FathersDay to @Tackleprostate #TackleProstateCancer. For more information on Tackle or to join a support group visit www.tackleprostate.org or call the national help line on 0845 601 0766.