Support Services

We know that living with prostate cancer affects not just you but also your spouse and your entire family. A solid source of support can make a tremendous difference when you or someone you love is going through or recovering from cancer treatment. Join us on the first Tuesday of each month at the OHSU Center for Health & Healing to share experiences and resources with others on a similar journey.

Men’s Writing Group

The Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University is pleased to offer a free creative writing group to all men who have been diagnosed with cancer. Each group session engages participants with 2 or 3 timed writing exercises, dealing with a mixture of fiction and non-fiction prompts. Individuals are strongly encouraged to share their writing with the group but are not required to do so. Those who do choose to share will receive positive feedback only, and everything discussed is completely confidential. Writing groups meet weekly on Friday afternoons for 2 hours at a 2nd floor conference room at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building on South Waterfront. Feel free to email Ryan at for more information. 

Prostate Cancer Support Group

Our prostate cancer support group meets monthly and is very active in the community through our prostate cancer advocacy group. We are here to give you the information and emotional support you need. We can also help you create a support plan that meets your needs. We provide counseling and emotional support for prostate cancer patients and their families.

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at:
OHSU Center for Health & Healing
3303 S.W. Bond Avenue
3rd Floor Conference Center, Room 1A & 1B
Portland, OR 97239

Meetings are facilitated by Peter Bennett, M.S.W., oncology social worker; Rachel Slotke, clinical research project manager for prostate cancer research; and Justina Lynch, R.N., nurse coordinator for the multidisciplinary prostate cancer clinic.

Each meeting begins with brief introductions and announcements. Then an expert speaks for about 45 minutes on a relevant topic, saving time for questions. The last 30 minutes are reserved for informal check-in and discussion. Following the meeting, you are welcome to use the comfortable furniture and visit informally in the first-floor lobby.

For more information please contact Peter Bennett at 503 418-3544 or at

Tuesday, September 5th at 5:00 p.m.
Dr. Tomasz Beer—The State of the Art in Prostate Cancer Care 
We will hear from Dr. Tomasz M. Beer, M.D., Grover C. Bagby Endowed Chair for Prostate Cancer Research Director, OHSU Knight Prostate Cancer Research Program. 

Tuesday, October 3rd at 5:00 p.m.
Ryan Voelker, facilitator of the Men’s Writing Group
Ryan will share about OHSU’s Men’s Writing Group and lead the group in a writing exercise which includes an opportunity to share what we write with the group, then have others provide feedback on what they enjoyed about the writing.

Tuesday, November 7th at 5:00 p.m.
  Dr Joshi Alumkal—Research on Genetics in the Treatment of Prostate Cancer
Dr. Alumkal will speak about his study understanding resistance to the drug enzalutamide in patients with advanced prostate cancer. Read more about Dr. Alumkal's research lab

Tuesday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m. 
Discussion focus: open discussion with breakout session for spouses and significant others. 

More classes for people with cancer

Upcoming Meetings

Our prostate cancer advocacy group meets as needed.
This patient group works to increase prostate cancer research and treatment awareness across Oregon.
To get involved call 503 494-4393

Our friend-to-friend telephone program helps connect prostate cancer patients who may have had similar experiences with patients who volunteer their time to listen and support you. To be connected with a volunteer call 503 494-4393

Check the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute calendar for more upcoming meetings.