Your reference to the men conversations is spot on.
At the various support groups I go to, and on a Prostate Peddlers cycle ride, men have conversations of an unbelievably personal nature which just don't happen anywhere else as far as I know (except possibly here), things like semen consistency, what orgasms feel like after treatment, etc. I've got very used to it. Actually, I have to be careful not to accidentally drop down to this very personal level of information when I'm not in the company of PCa patients - I slipped up once early on and realised I'd embarrassed someone with too much information.
The other place that's great for this is the radiotherapy waiting room. Probably half the people in there are PCa patients, but there are also breast, bowel, bladder, cervical, and every type of palliative cancer patients, and the conversations are just beyond this world. A week back, a conversation about who'd wet themselves on the table morphed into what type of incontinence pants we're each using, and then into where the men's ones are found (usually in the Feminine Products section of a shop). The waiting rooms have the aircon temp set low, which I'm sure is for all the men sitting out their hot flushes, but the women are usually freezing in there. Fantastic conversations between the men and women comparing menopause and HT side effects, tamoxifen side effects, etc. I've only got one RT session left, and I'm really going to miss the waiting rooms.
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