Prostate Cancer Support Group

12/10/13

Prostate Support Group Celebrates 20 Years at Winchester Hospital

Twenty years ago, Dan Hritzay and Peter Tiffany, MD, a urologist at Winchester Hospital, along with community members Bill Whitmore and Diane Saparoff started a prostate cancer support group for residents in Middlesex County. Prostate                                        

“They found out there was a gap in this area and they knew the importance support groups can have on the healing process,” said Gary Halvorsen, patient coordinator of the Winchester Hospital prostate cancer support group.

Recently, members of the support group were honored by Winchester Hospital for their years of commitment to helping others struggling with prostate cancer. For more than 20 years, the support group has brought patients together in order for them to communicate with each other about their disease, offering each other support and guidance.

“Cancer is a scary diagnosis,” said Dr. Tiffany. “It turns your world upside down. You need an excellent support system if you’re going to get through it and that’s what these support groups provide.”

State Rep. Jim Miceli (D-Wilmington) had his office present a citation honoring the work of the group, and State Rep. Jason Lewis (D-Winchester) praised the group’s commitment and longevity in helping cancer patients.

“This is another way Winchester Hospital helps to care for its patients,” said Lewis. “It’s an important part of a patient’s care and another reason why this hospital is such a gem in our community.”

The group is designed for men with prostate cancer and their families. It meets the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. in the first floor conference room at the Winchester Hospital Center for Cancer Care, 620 Washington St. in Winchester. For more information, please call 781-756-4700.

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.