April 2018 Support Group Meeting

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Junaid Yousuf, BSc, MD, FRCPC, Radiation Oncologist & Adjunct Professor, Western University

Dr. Yousuf graduated from the University of Ottawa with his M.D. in 2005, and completed his residency in Radiation Oncology at Queen’s University in 2011. His practice includes the treatment of genitourinary, haematological, breast, lung, and skin cancers. His primary area of clinical research interest lies within genitourinary malignancies and focuses on the clinical aspects surrounding prostate HDR and LDR brachytherapy. Dr. Yousuf is also Assistant Professor with the Department of Oncology and Faculty of Medicine, Western University where he regularly lectures, teaches, and trains medical students as well as residents. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Windsor. He joined the Cancer Program at Windsor Regional Hospital in 2011.

September 2016 Meeting daVinci Robot Procedure of the Prostate Removal

 

 

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Stacey Dusik R.N. will provide update on DaVinci Robot at our September 13th Meeting.

 

Robotic Updates and the Prostate Removal Procedure.

 
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Stacey will be providing an update on the daVinci Robot Program at Windsor Regional Hospital.

She will also explain how the Complete Operation is performed using the daVince robot to Remove the Prostate.

 
Stacey’s Biography
In 1994, I graduated from the University of Western Ontario with my BScN. My career began at a private oral surgery office from 1994-2001. In 2001, I began working in the Operating Room at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. During my years at Henry Ford Hospital my focus of practice was Urological Surgeries. The Urologists at Henry Ford Hospital began working with the daVinci robot in 2001. I was able to be part of the daVinci team. In 2006, my role expanded to Registered Nurse First Assistant thus enabling me to be involved in over 4000 cases. As part of a dedicated team member, I was able to travel around the world teaching and educating others regarding robotic surgeries. The team traveled to countries such as Greece, Italy, India, Malaysia, France, South Korea and China performing surgeries and educating. In June 2014, I became the Clinical Practice Manager at Windsor Regional Hospital, Met Campus. I have the opportunity to be part of the team working and developing the daVinci robotic program in Windsor.

I’m SABR – a New and Better way to treat prostate cancer!

The Prostate Cure Foundation and Ride For Dad are co-sponsoring the trial in Canada, helped by generous donations from Astellas, Janssen and Astra Zeneca.I’m SABR – a New and Better way to treat prostate cancer!

New research evidence confirms the concept that for prostate cancer a high dose per day of radiation is more effective than standard doses and now makes 7-8 week courses of radiation a thing of the past! We’ve found prostate cancer’s “Achilles Heel”.

It also reaffirms the importance of taking this concept to the next level. Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) is a more precise external beam radiation technique that takes advantage of this “Achilles Heel” for prostate cancer. SABR is even more convenient and appears to be more effective than standard external beam radiation (Loblaw A et al, 2014). Patients only need 5 non-invasive treatments, compared to the usual 20-39 treatment course.

An international clinical trial called PACE (Prostate Advances in Comparative Evidence) opened on February 16, 2016 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dr. William Chu is the Canadian Lead for the study. Patients will be randomly assigned to standard radiation (the choice of 20 or 39 treatments) or SABR (5 treatments). Already 6 patients have been recruited to the study at Odette and 6 more are lined up to start.

The PACE trial is taking place at 14 cancer centres across Canada. Other centres include: CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg; Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton; Lakeridge Health, Oshawa; London Regional Cancer Centre, London; Jewish General, Rosemount and Central Sud Hospitals, Montreal; Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, Ottawa; Northeast Cancer Centre, Sudbury; Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto; Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary; Walker Family Health, St. Catherine’s; and Windsor Regional Cancer Centre, Windsor.

Men with favorable-risk prostate cancer who are interested in participating in the SABR Prostate Cancer Trial should contact their oncologist to see if they might qualify for the trial. For further information on the Prostate Cure Foundation and SABR, visit www.prostatecure.ca For further information on the Ride For Dad, visit www.RideForDad.ca

Cheque Presentation for Prostate Cancer

                                                            

3 on 3 Hockey Passing Competition

With approval from Principal Mr Dan Laporte, Tournament Organizers Johnny Ulicny 111 and Matt Maggio of Corpus Christi Middle / Brennan Centre of Excellence and Innovation School, held a 3 on 3 hockey passing competition. The competition ran at lunch time for several days on campus all proceeds going for local Prostate Cancer Awareness .

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Wayne Zimney, Ian Bentley and Jim Fair except a Cheque for $100 dollars towards our P.S.A. Testing clinics from Johnny and Matt.

Free PSA Testing

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Windsor Essex County Prostate Support Group

Free Prostate Specific Antigen Testing Clinic

( P.S.A. Test )

At

Leamington District Memorial Hospital

Saturday 7th November 2015

9-00 am to 12-00 noon

This Clinic was made possible by a generous donation
from the Stoney Point Lions Club

 

50th Procedure Performed.

 

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Drs Raj Goel and Tom Deklaj at Windsor Regional Hospital speaking at an event to mark the 50th procedure performed with DaVinci machine.

 

 

February 2016 Support Group Meeting

 

 

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                     Topic Prostate Cancer Research

 

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Dora Cavallo-Medved, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Windsor

Dora Cavallo-Medved received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Windsor in 2000. She was awarded a NSERC postdoctoral fellowship to study cancer progression and invasion at Wayne State University and Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan, where she was later appointed a Research Assistant Professor. She returned to the University of Windsor in 2008 as a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences. Her main research interest is on the development of 3-dimensional cellular models to study both the breast and prostate tumour microenvironment. In addition to her research, she has also developed a great interest and passion for Science Education. She currently teaches Introductory Biology for Science majors and mentors undergraduate Biology students. She has been awarded several pedagogical grants and recently published a Biology textbook for college and university students. She also founded the UWindsor Science Academy Program for top science students and is currently developing a Science Student Network. Dr. Cavallo-Medved is on the Executive Committee of the Windsor Cancer Research Group and the Chair of the Strategic Development and Public Outreach Committees. She is also a recipient of the Roger Thibert Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Science.

 

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Dr. Luis Rueda received his Bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of San Juan, Argentina, in 1993, and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Carleton University, Canada, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. He is currently a Full Professor within the School of Computer Science at the University of Windsor, Canada. His research interests are mainly focused on machine learning and bioinformatics in transcriptomics, interactomics and genomics. The main applications of his research are in detection of biomarkers associated with prostate cancer progression and breast cancer subtypes. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Seeds4Hope Grant for prostate cancer research. Dr. Luis Rueda holds three patents and has published more than 100 articles in prestigious journals and conferences in machine learning and bioinformatics. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a Member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Science Society, the International Society for Computational Biology and the Windsor Cancer Research Group.

December 2015 Support Group Meeting

Happy Holidays

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December 8th, 2015 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

We will be having the Hospice Band Quartet for our Meeting on December 8th.

All family and friends are welcome.

If you are able, please bring any Non Perishable goods for Hospice. This would be greatly appreciated.

Also, we will be having a Pot Luck this evening. Please join us in our Holiday Celebration, this is our final Support Group Meeting of 2015.

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November 2015 Support Group Meeting

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 November Speaker Gary Switzer

To speak on why the new hospital is needed in Windsor.

Biography

Gary Switzer, Chief Executive Officer
Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network

Gary Switzer joined the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) in August, 2005 as the inaugural CEO. As the first employee, he has built the organization to oversee the planning, integration, and funding of over 80 local health service providers including seven hospitals, with an annual budget of $1 billion.

Gary has a genuine passion for health care that drives him and the LHIN staff to make a difference in the lives of Erie St. Clair residents. Through his leadership, the Erie St. Clair LHIN has focused on improving system accountability, and reducing surgical, emergency department and diagnostic wait times. Gary provided the local introduction of innovative programs including Home First, Palliative Care Outreach, and Health Links.

Prior to joining the health care sector, Gary was a senior executive within the telecommunications industry. The national and international business experience he brings to the LHIN, provides a fresh perspective and leadership presence needed for thinking outside of the health care box.

The Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (ESC LHIN) is one of 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) in Ontario. The LHINs were established in 2006 to manage the planning, integration, performance, and funding of the health care system.

LHINs are community-based, non-profit organizations funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to plan, fund and coordinate services.

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