Did you know one in seven men in the US is estimated to develop prostate cancer during his lifetime, according to The American Cancer Society? Along with skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United States. There is an entire community of survivors who have all gone through the process and experienced the intense emotions attached to being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia (RCOG) differs from other treatment facilities in the fact that we care for patients from the moment they arrive to long after their treatment has come to an end.
From the moment a patient arrives in Atlanta for treatment, theProstRcision care team goes to work planning free social outings as well as support and educational programs designed to make the patient and his significant other feel at ease. From the Prostate Wives Club and nutritional counseling and massage services to the Tuesday Night Dinner and Lecture series, RCOG works to provide everyone involved with the support they need.
ProstRcision also provides spiritual support, and many patients have found comfort and strength thanks to the ministry of Bill and Margaret Frisbee. Bill, a retired minister and former ProstRcision patient, offers patients an important spiritual and social outlet when they arrive in Georgia. The Frisbees host bi-monthly dinners at their home and organize other dinners at local restaurants.
“The RCOG staff made me feel like home, a special family. The staff, alumni and fantastic doctors stand out most about my RCOG experience,” said former patient Joe K.
James is a patient advocate and has been a ProstRcision driver for the last 21 years, and continues to bring joy to patients and their loved ones during their “radiation vacations.” His mission has always been to help those who desperately need to smile again and give them a memorable experience. This high-touch communication comes from all staff members at RCOG, where patients have said they enjoyed knowing everyone honestly cared about their well-being.
“The RCOG staff makes you feel like you are the family member they love the most,” said former patient Will J.
Each spring, a four-day reunion occurs for former patients to meet and catch up. Events include, barbecues, themed dinners and dances, golf tournaments, physician lectures and seminars.
RCOG also welcomes friends, family and those diagnosed with cancer to attend free lunch and learns in their Life After Cancer Series. Past and present topics cover issues like: Learning how to combat fatigue and treatment side effects, coping with physical and/or emotional changes at home and in the workplace and learning how to manage stress, illness and pain to regain a sense of calm.
“What stands out most about my RCOG experience are the life-long friends that I made during treatment. I felt like family!” said former patient Ken C.
We know navigating a prostate cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for everyone involved. That’s why we created this comprehensive guide:Questions & Answers About Curing Prostate Cancer. Download the guide for free here to learn more, and feel free to contact us at no obligation to you. We are here to help men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.