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Virginia Hospital Center Highlights Man to Man Support Group as Part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Day

Today, Virginia Hospital Center recognizes Prostate Cancer Awareness Day as part of National Men's Health Week, by encouraging those battling with the disease to explore its Man to Man support group.

Nearly 300,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, and they need more than medical treatment. Man to Man is an American Cancer Society program designed to help men with prostate cancer by providing community-based education and support to patients and their family members. Virginia Hospital Center's Cancer Resource Center is currently the only facility in Arlington County that offers this type of support group.

"We want the men that come to our group to learn as much as they can about the disease so that they understand how best to fight it," says Admiral Mac Showers, director of Virginia Hospital Center's Man to Man support group. Showers, a prostate cancer survivor himself, started the Man to Man program ten years ago when Kathy Dorner, Director of the Cancer Resource, asked him to bring the support group that he ran out of his home to the Hospital.

One of the most valuable assets of the Man to Man support group is that it gives newly diagnosed patients the opportunity to get feedback from their peers about the pros and cons of different treatments. Since it is up to the individual to decide what treatment is best for him, being well-informed is crucial.

The Man to Man support group at Virginia Hospital Center meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 7:00PM to 8:30PM in the Cancer Resource Center. During the months of January, May and September support group participants can take part in special seminars that focus on a variety of issues such as treatment, nutrition and research. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 22 at 7:00PM. For more information please contact the Cancer Resource Center at 703.558.5555.


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