Guest Speaker Report – MAY 2018

April Meeting

On Tuesday, April 10th we were unable to show the Stephen Fry and PCFA videos due to technical problems with the internet connection at Maryland.

However thanks to our Promotions Officer John Leeks we had his “member profile” available which described his Prostate Cancer journey thus far and enlightened us to his work experiences, interests and hobbies. John spoke openly about his medical history and answered questions from the floor. There were photographs of his snooker table (wasted youth!), shed (it’s big!) and his 1984 BMW 635, voted the “coolest car in Maitland” by the younger generation!

Further discussion followed when Terry Wheeler presented notes from a study concerning Advanced Prostate Cancer and it’s treatment options. There followed a good deal of interaction between members and this was very welcome.


Next Meeting.

On Tuesday 8th May we give a warm welcome to our Guest Speaker Hannah Perkins. Hannah is a Practitioner and Instructor in MBSR, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

In our case having a cancer diagnosis is itself a major cause of stress, which drains energy and undermines general health. The good news is that we can, through MBSR, learn how to focus on the positives leading to increased resilience and a better life after a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Hannah has recovered from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and in August will celebrate 5 years in remission. Hannah says that the practices of mindfulness and yoga have been incredibly helpful in learning to live with and accept ongoing anxiety and chronic pain as a result of life-sustaining surgery and chemotherapy treatment

A recent ABC News article about her cancer journey can be found at :


Hannah will bring with her supporting literature and details of various courses on offer including afternoon and evening sessions as well as extended courses and retreats. This talk will also be of interest to wives and partners so please come along to show your support.

Questions are always welcome and you can ask in person, leave a note in the Suggestion Box or contact a committee member as you wish.

Mike Seddon : On behalf of Guest Speakers.

Mobile : 0419 599 230

email : [email protected]


HPCS Group addresses Hunter Men’s Shed

Cluster Group Meeting


On 18 April 2018, this Group was asked to address the Hunter Men’s Shed Cluster Group Meeting which was the executive group that has representatives from all over the Hunter Region. This was in response to our Group identifying the men involved in the Men’s Shed Movement as important to know about the benefits and services we can provide for the movement’s members as well as for their family and friends.

Both Mike Seddon and John Leeks gave an outline of their own prostate cancer journeys and outlined the history of our Group and how being members of the Group has helped them learn about how others are coping with Prostate Cancer.

The talks were well received and we offered to give similar talks to individual Mens Sheds in the Hunter Region.



Your own local support group is calling for assistance to re-ignite the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle held in years past by the group.

The first date we have been able to secure is 2nd June 2018.

The Bunnings Sausage Sizzle is possibly one of the best opportunities to raise the profile of our group. The aim is to:

  • Reach a high proportion of the main demographic (adult men and their families) in a social environment
  • Raise much needed funds for the group to further promote awareness
  • Meet members who are otherwise unable to come to our regular meetings
  • Have fun and camaraderie of our fellow members outside of our regular monthly meetings

Please mark the date, 2nd June in your diaries and call Brendon as soon as possible on  0437 403 651 to advise if you are genuinely able to assist for just a few hours and assist your group. Please provide your mobile phone number in order to contact you on the day if necessary.

We would like to be able to provide teams of 4 or 5 members in three shifts –8:00am to 10:30am;  10:30am to 1:00pm;  1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Join in, support your friends, meet your fellow members…

NOTE: HPCSG Editor is not a health professional and bears no responsibility to any claims held within any publications and articles mentioned. Please discuss and seek advice from your own preferred health professional regarding any information or interest found in any article.


Gleason score for grading prostate cancer


Prostate cancer is also given a grade called a Gleason score. This score is based on how much the cancer looks like healthy tissue when viewed under a microscope. Less aggressive tumors generally look more like healthy tissue. Tumors that are more aggressive are likely to grow and spread to other parts of the body. They look less like healthy tissue.

The Gleason scoring system is the most common prostate cancer grading system used. The pathologist looks at how the cancer cells are arranged in the prostate and assigns a score on a scale of 3 to 5 from 2 different locations. Cancer cells that look similar to healthy cells receive a low score. Cancer cells that look less like healthy cells or look more aggressive receive a higher score. To assign the numbers, the pathologist determines the main pattern of cell growth, which is the area where the cancer is most obvious and looks for another area of growth. The doctor then gives each area a score from 3 to 5. The scores are added together to come up with an overall score between 6 and 10.

Gleason scores of 5 or lower are not used. The lowest Gleason score is 6, which is a low-grade cancer. A Gleason score of 7 is a medium-grade cancer, and a score of 8, 9, or 10 is a high-grade cancer. A lower-grade cancer grows more slowly and is less likely to spread than a high-grade cancer.

Doctors look at the Gleason score in addition to stage to help plan treatment. For example, active surveillance (see Treatment Options) may be an option for a patient with a small tumor, low PSA level, and a Gleason score of 6. Patients with a higher Gleason score may need treatment that is more intensive, even if the cancer is not large or has not spread.

  • Gleason X: The Gleason score cannot be determined.
  • Gleason 6 or lower: The cells are well differentiated, meaning they look similar to healthy cells.
  • Gleason 7: The cells are moderately differentiated, meaning they look somewhat similar to healthy cells.
  • Gleason 8, 9, or 10: The cells are poorly differentiated or undifferentiated, meaning they look very different from healthy cells.

Gleason scores are often grouped into simplified Grade Groups:

  • Grade Group 1 = Gleason 6Grade
  • Group 2 = Gleason 3 + 4 = 7
  • Grade Group 3 = Gleason 4 + 3 = 7
  • Gleason Group 4 = Gleason 8
  • Gleason Group 5 = Gleason 9 or 10

Further reading:

Save the Date


HPCSG Bunnings Sausage Sizzle!

When: 2nd June 9am – 4pm

Where: Bunnings Wallsend – More info in this issue


8th Annual Man-up Gala Dinner

When – 9th June 2018

Where – Brisbane Tattersall’s Club 215 Queen Street Brisbane 4000 3/14/8th-annual-manup-gala-dinner/



Outback 4WD Adventure

WHEN – 22-29 Sept 2018

WHERE – Cobar to Broken Hill via the Big Red outback of NSW/SA/QLD





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