September – October 2022 News & Events

Prostate Cancer: Data, Statistics, and Incentives
(Why We Still Lack Answers to Important Questions)
SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2022 | 11:00am Pacific (2:00pm Eastern)
Examples of some important questions:
Is PSA screening for prostate cancer a positive public health measure?
What is the value of curative treatment to the individual patient or to the population at risk and how is it best measured?
Which of the several treatment variations are the most effective?
And does that even matter, given the rapidly changing patterns of practice?
The problem is that these are extremely difficult questions to answer. The ‘Why’ is interesting.
Join us for this intriguing discussion with:

Dr. William James Morris, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCPC
Radiation Oncologist, Vancouver Centre, BCCANCER (retired 2018)
Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Register Here
Partners in Prostate – Support Group for Partners
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2022 | 6:00pm Pacific (9:00pm Eastern)
Some say the impact of prostate cancer on the partner or caregiver of the patient can be just as difficult as the impact on the patient.

Partners, wives, husbands, girlfriends, and partners of all kinds are welcome to join this partners-only meeting. 

This group is a safe space for partners of prostate cancer patients to meet and share their thoughts, questions, experiences, and ideas with other partners. 
Register Here
Advanced Prostate Cancer
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12TH | 4:00pm Pacific (7:00pm Eastern)
Advanced prostate cancer patients include anyone with cancer that has spread (metastatic), with a castrate-resistant cancer (no longer responds to first-line ADT), or with a high-risk or complex diagnosis.

Sign up for the Advanced Prostate Cancer mailing list to ensure you’re informed about upcoming meetings.

Register for the October meeting here. 
Active Surveillance Support Group
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13TH | 4:30pm Pacific (7:30pm Eastern)
This group’s goal is to empower men newly diagnosed with low- or intermediate-risk prostate cancer to make informed decisions with their physicians on active surveillance as a non-invasive treatment option. 

Sign up for the Active Surveillance mailing list to ensure you’re informed about upcoming meetings.

Register for the October meeting here. 
Looking for local prostate cancer support group meetings?
Go to the Prostate Cancer Support Canada calendar here.

A Couple of Reminders

Tomorrow Night, September 13th, 7pm Monthly Meeting at Legion Branch 594 (5030 Howard Ave., Oldcastle, ON):
Mental health is one of our major themes for this fall. Several Steering Committee (SC) members have taken the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Peer Facilitator Training, and Nancy Hannon, the Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) Cancer Program Social Worker, will be our presenter coming up in November. In keeping with this mental health theme, we are pleased to have Ed Kolar give a presentation on grief counselling for our September meeting, This should hopefully directly benefit anyone attending the meeting, but equally important, should equip us with some tools and techniques when providing Peer Support to the newly diagnosed and their loved ones.

Ed Kolar is a retired teacher and retired Pastor with decades of real world experience having helped hundreds dealing with grief. He is an exceptional speaker with a very dynamic style; his presentations are well received and always prove to be interesting, very relevant, and entertaining. On a side note, Ed is also a “Mad Scientist,” although not relevant to grief counselling, it speaks to his charismatic flair.

Please join us Tuesday, September 13th at 7:00pm

Also, please take advantage of the 2022 Prostate Cancer Canada Virtual Conference coming up this weekend. Details and Registration Link below.

A 2-day online conference and expo taking place on September 17th and 18th.

Join us for sessions with acclaimed Canadian healthcare providers, researchers, advocates, and professional facilitators including Dr. Brian Goldman, best-selling authour and CBC radio host of ‘White Coat, Black Art,’ Dr. Richard Wassersug, Dr. Linda Carlson, Dr. Juanita Crook, Dr. Neil Dwyer, and many more. 

The best part? It’s free and you can participate from anywhere you have an Internet connection.
 Save your spot for the 2022 Prostate Cancer Virtual Conference

September 13, 2022 Support Group Meeting

You can help us raise awareness about the #1 cancer in men by visiting the Prostate Cancer Support Canada Awareness Month website.

It’s a quick guide for what anyone can do to learn more about prostate cancer and raise awareness including:
social media posts you can share,
profile picture frames you can use on Twitter or Facebook,
links to send a free Reef Knot Kit to anyone in need – anywhere in Canada,
and more.

We hope you and your friends will take advantage of this fantastic resource to raise awareness about the cancer closest to all of our hearts.

Together, we can put the #1 cancer in men behind us.
I’m ready to raise awareness

Hello Windsor/Essex Members,

September 13th Monthly Meeting at Legion Branch 594 (5030 Howard Ave., Oldcastle, ON):
Please be aware that, unfortunately, the Hospice venue will NOT be available to us for this upcoming September meeting, due to an unforeseen staff issue. As an alternative, Legion Branch 594 has kindly offered one of their halls for us to use at no charge. This venue is great, with the added bonus of access to a cash bar. Also, the kitchen closes at 7pm, for those who want to show up early for a meal.

Mental health is one of our major themes for this fall. Several Steering Committee (SC) members have taken the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Peer Facilitator Training, and Nancy Hannon, the Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) Cancer Program Social Worker, will be our presenter coming up in November. In keeping with this mental health theme, we are pleased to have Ed Kolar give a presentation on grief counselling for our September meeting, This should hopefully directly benefit anyone attending the meeting, but equally important, should equip us with some tools and techniques when providing Peer Support to the newly diagnosed and their loved ones.

Ed Kolar is a retired teacher and retired Pastor with decades of real world experience having helped hundreds dealing with grief. He is an exceptional speaker with a very dynamic style; his presentations are well received and always prove to be interesting, very relevant, and entertaining. On a side note, Ed is also a “Mad Scientist,” although not relevant to grief counselling, it speaks to his charismatic flair.

Please join us Tuesday, September 13th at 7:00pm

Remaining Fall Program – If you have ideas for presentations for October or the winter months, please let us know. It is our current thought to again have our 13 December Xmas Party at Legion 594, which coincides with their spaghetti night. This worked out well last year, where we also engaged a small band.
Please mark that in your calendars and let us know your thoughts.

In Other News:
We hope all of you have had a healthy and happy summer. While you have been frolicking on beaches and sipping on local wines, your Steering Committee has been very hard at work behind the scenes. Our main efforts have focused on networking with our stakeholders and partners with a view to expanding our community visibility. We deem this to be our main priority, to get the word out locally about our existence, in order to:
 Make sure the newly diagnosed and their families can access our support, which is our primary raison d’etre;
 Attract new members to enable us to achieve our goals, including providing peer support, as well as promoting awareness to the community; and
 Positioning ourselves to get in the face of the community, by attending events, and briefing companies and organizations.
The following summarizes some of the fruits of our labour:
 We have new brochures and a “marketing” banner stand for use with an awareness booth at sports events, company health and wellness fairs, fundraising campaigns, and other community events, etc.;
 We have been briefing organizations such as Legion 594 and the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP), etc. We plan to brief many more;
 We met with senior UNIFOR management to help promote our group to employees of large companies;
 We connected with Windsor Spitfires, LaSalle Vipers, and the Lakeshore Canadiens, who are happy to have us man an awareness booth at hockey games this fall; and
 We met with key Windsor Regional Hospital Directors and Urologists, who plan to make sure our promotional material is distributed to Urologists’ offices, and make our existence known to all newly diagnosed.

Spring Get-Together at the Legion Branch 594 – The spring get-together was well attended and enjoyed by all. Since then, Legion 594 has engaged a new caterer with a much improved menu. If all agree, we would hope to repeat the event in the spring 2023.

Hockey Game Visibility – As mentioned above, we will be manning an awareness booth at Windsor Spitfires, LaSalle Vipers, and Lakeshore Canadiens hockey games this fall. If you are interested in participating, please let us know.

Vista Wellness Fair Visibility – We will be manning an information and awareness booth at the Vista Wellness Fair, a day long event for the Team Members of the Vista Windsor printing plant on Advance Blvd. on Friday, September 23rd.

We would appreciate some help, as this is an all day event covering three shifts, 4:30am-6:30am; 9:00am-1:30pm; and 5:00pm-8:00pm. If you are interested in participating, please let us know as soon as possible.

More Community Awareness Events – Please let us know if you have ideas for us to promote ourselves at other sports events, company health and wellness fairs, fundraising campaigns, and other community events, etc. We need to get the word out and we need your help!!!


Golf Shirts and Baseball Caps – We are ordering Golf Shirts and Baseball Caps embroidered with our new logo. If you are interested in buying shirts or caps, please let us know. Shirts will cost approx. $25-$30 and hats $15-$20


Financial Manager and Webmaster – We are still looking for a financial manager and a Webmaster to relieve some workload off current SC members.  If you are interested, please let us know.

Membership and Volunteers – If you are aware of other potential new members, please let us know. We would also welcome women and others who are not survivors but who want to help. If there are other areas that you would like to volunteer for, please let us know. As our networking campaign gains momentum, we will need more horsepower. These are exciting times as we emerge from COVID stagnation!!!! Please get involved!!!!

Garry

July – August 2022 News & Events

A reminder that we do not meet in July or August. Our next scheduled group meeting will be Tuesday, September 13th, 2022. Further details will follow. Enjoy your summer! If you need someone to talk to, please reach out to us at winexpcsg@gmail.com

A request from The Canadian Cancer Society:

Hello,

My name is Sasha Frost and I am the Sr Advocacy Specialist, Public Engagement for the Canadian Cancer Society. To better inform the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), the Canadian Cancer Society has launched a survey to understand the experience of people impacted by high-risk non-metastatic prostate cancer. High-risk means there is a greater chance of the cancer spreading. Non-metastatic means the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body. We are also seeking feedback on the advantages and disadvantages of the drug abiraterone acetate from those who have had experience with it. The patient or caregiver does not have to have experience with abiraterone acetate to complete the survey, as information on their satisfaction with current treatments is valuable on its own.  

Patients living with and beyond cancer as well as caregivers have first-hand experience of life with cancer and are well-positioned to describe the benefits and drawbacks of currently available treatments and help assess new treatments. Patient and caregiver feedback is critical and will help CADTH develop drug funding recommendations in Canada. This survey will help CADTH decide if they should recommend that abiraterone acetate in combination with prednisolone should be covered in Canada on public drug plans for people with high-risk non-metastatic prostate cancer.

If you have cancer patients or their caregivers in your network, we would greatly appreciate if you would share this new online survey. The survey is available in French and English. Please feel free to share this opportunity with patients, caregivers or other networks you are aware of to ensure patient voices are heard.

The survey will take about 15-20 minutes to complete, and the deadline for completion is July 31, 2022. Participation is completely voluntary and responses are anonymous. For more information, view our privacy policy. For more information about providing feedback on cancer drugs, please visit our page dedicated to this subject on cancer.ca. Please note that this survey is not to endorse any specific drug or treatment and is for evaluation only.

We will also be accepting testimonials from those who have high-risk non-metastatic prostate cancer who have tried abiraterone acetate outlining their experience with this medication. If you have someone in your network in this circumstance that would like to submit a testimonial, please let me know.

Thank you,

 Sasha Frost (She/Her) 
Sr Advocacy Specialist (Public Engagement) / spécialiste principale, Défense de l’intérêt public (engagement public)
Canadian Cancer Society / Société canadienne du cancer 

E Sasha.Frost@cancer.ca 
(905) 259-2721
55 St Clair Avenue West, Suite 300 / 55, avenue St. Clair Ouest, bureau 300 
Toronto, Ontario  M4V 2Y7 

It’s hard to believe it’s already July! Wishing you all a wonderful summer no matter where you’re enjoying it. Stay cool, wear your sunscreen, and don’t burn your BBQing!

Note that many support groups are taking a break for August; please check the support group calendar for the most up to date meeting info.
Prostate Cancer Support Coast to Coast
TUESDAY, JULY 26TH, 2022 | 11AM PT (2PM ET)
Dr. David Stewart, medical oncologist is the authour of new book, A Short Primer on Why Cancer Still Sucks

He has published more than 340 peer-reviewed publications. He has also published several Op-Eds in the lay press dealing predominantly with patient access to care, including an opinion piece published in the Ottawa Citizen 2022/06/21.

His areas of research interest have included (among others) resistance mechanisms to anticancer agents and resistance modulation, pharmacology and pharmacogenetics of platinums and other anticancer agents, new drug development and predictive biomarkers in lung cancer, the negative impact of dysfunctional regulation and clinical trial designs on the rate of clinical research progress, and the huge costs of this clinical research dysfunction in terms of increased health care costs and in terms of lives prematurely lost.Our monthly Coast to Coast support group meeting brings together prostate cancer patients and their support people across the country for an expert speaker presentation on varying topics each month, an opportunity for Q&A, and small group support group sessions via Zoom breakout rooms. 
Register now
Partners in Prostate – Partner-Only Support Group
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27TH, 2022 | 6PM PT (9PM ET)

Prostate cancer is commonly referred to as a couple’s disease, due to its impact on not just prostate cancer patients, but their partners as well.

Join us at this partners-only meeting for a chance to share about your journey and learn from the experience of others going through this too. First time attendees will be given priority to share. 
Can’t make it to a meeting? Check out the Partners in Prostate forum where you can chat with other partners 24/7.

Register now
Prostate Cancer Support Toronto
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27TH, 2022
4PM PT (7PM ET)

Dr. Di (Maria) Jiang MD, MSc, FRCPC is an Assistant Professor, Clinician Investigator  in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Medical Oncologist in the  Genitourinary group at Princess Margaret Cancer Center.
 
She will be speaking on the Management of Advanced Prostate Cancer.
 
This session will feature a focus on the current standard of metastatic prostate cancer care and promising new therapies and clinical trials that are on the horizon. As well, it is hoped that a few myths about metastatic prostate cancer will be debunked along the way!
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Astellas announced reimbursement program for XTANDI (enzalutamide) for mCSPC (metastatic castrate sensitive prostate cancer) patients. Read more here
Click here for a list of research opportunities and clinical trials that have been shared with us this month.
Prostatepedia is a free publication that consolidates the latest research in prostate cancer. The July 15th edition is available here
The Life on ADT (Androgen Deprivation Therapy) online educational program’s next session will be at 3:00 pm Pacific/6 pm Eastern on July 18th and August 17th. More information available here.
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July 2022 News and Events

It’s Summertime! No Support Group Meeting July 11th. Enjoy your Summer.

If you need to talk to us, please email us at winexpcsg@gmail.com

Honora Bay, Manitoulin Island

University of Toronto Study Opportunity for Prostate Cancer Survivors

The Exercise Oncology Lab (PI: Dr. Linda Trinh) at the University of Toronto has an exciting study opportunity for prostate cancer survivors. The study is testing a distance-based program to help prostate cancer survivors sit less and move more. The study is all done in the comfort of their own homes and no study visits are required.

We are looking for prostate cancer survivors across Canada to participate in this study. We are wondering if the Windsor/Essex Prostate Cancer Support group would be willing to help spread the word about this study opportunity with its membership through email, social media, posting flyers, etc.?  

I have attached the consent form, recruitment flyer, and a link to the recruitment video for more information about the study. If you are able to help, we would be happy to provide e-mail templates about the study for you to advertise this research.

Recruitment video: https://www.powtoon.com/s/bIT5QNU61YS/1/m/s

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our research team at the Exercise Oncology Lab at 416-946-5856 or at exercise.oncology@utoronto.ca

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Lamisa

Lamisa Syed

Research Assistant

Exercise Oncology Lab

News & Events from Prostate Cancer Support Canada

Did you know that we offer free yoga classes for prostate cancer patients and their partners?

Fear, anxiety, and a heightened risk of depression and suicide are associated with prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. It has been found, however, that yoga is beneficial for the overall quality of life of cancer patients, with regard to both mental and physical well-being. 

In a recent study comparing men with prostate cancer who practiced yoga with those who didn’t, those who practiced the yoga program saw improvements in their sexual, social, and physical quality of life when compared to those who underwent the standardized model of care. Other interesting results included better antitumor activity and a meaningful reduction in inflammatory cytokines in the yoga group.

These results indicate an overall improvement in the quality of life, immune response, and inflammation of newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients who practice yoga.

Butts in Yoga is a free, fun opportunity to improve your quality of prostate cancer. Get startedtoday!
Check out Butts in Yoga


Save the Date for Awareness month!
We’re very excited for you to join us for our 2022 Prostate cancer Virtual Conference.

This year, our Conference will take place over two days: Day 1 will focus on information for our support group leaders and anyone interested in leadership within the prostate cancer space, while Day 2 will be open to anyone interested in learning about the latest in prostate cancer research and quality of life. 

Save the date by clicking on the below link. It will take you to our support group calendar, where you can click on “Add to calendar’ and add a reminder for the event to your Google, Outlook, or Apple calendar!
Save the date for the 2022 Prostate Cancer Virtual Conference

Sign up for the Prostate Cancer Support Canada newsletter, Your Monthly Debrief, to ensure you’ll receive monthly prostate cancer support updates including:
Upcoming support group meetings, webinars, conferences, and events
Available clinical trials and research opportunities.
The latest news in the Canadian prostate cancer support community.
Reminders to participate in our free exercise and yoga sessions

Sign up for the Prostate Cancer Support Canada newsletter

Don’t forget that on our support initiative website, prostatecancersupport.ca, you can find:
calendar of upcoming support group meetings across Canada.
Specialized groups to meet unique needs:
Coast to Coast offers expert speakers on different topics each month
Partners in Prostate offers support to partners of patients
The Active Surveillance and Advanced Prostate Cancer groups offer support to those at opposite ends of the cancer spectrum: those with low-grade cancer and those with high-risk cancer
‘Your Monthly Debrief’ archive A growing video library of experts on topics from maintaining intimacy to upcoming research on treatments.

Get support at ProstateCancerSupport.ca

June 18, 2022 Support Group Meeting

Spring Get-Together at the Legion Branch 594

Our summer break is now upon us; as previously mentioned, rather than a traditional Tuesday meeting at the Hospice, we are planning a casual get-together at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594, 5030 Howard Ave., Oldcastle, ON N9H 0M3 on Saturday, June 18th @ 5 pm.

This licenced venue turned out to be excellent for our Xmas party.  The current plan calls for Burgers/Fries (approx. $15), Sausages/Fries (approx $12.50), and Hotdogs/Fries (approx $10).  In addition, the Steering Committee (SC) members will be bringing pot-luck desserts.  If you have a special dessert you would like to bring, please don’t hesitate to bring it along

We want this event to include members, their families & friends of all ages, and special stakeholders such as our friends at Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH), Cancer Centre Foundation, Hospice, etc.  If you have suggestions on other friends to invite, please let us know.  Also, don’t be shy to invite others directly yourselves.

Please mark your calendars and let us know (winexpcsg@gmail.com) how many guests you plan to bring so that we can make sure the caterer is prepared.

May Monthly Meeting – We welcomed our guest speaker Tim Brady, Pharmacist and Owner of Brady’s Drug Stores in Belle River, Essex and Tilbury.  Tim’s talk was excellent as it covered topics such as the latest medicines related to Prostate Cancer, Incontinence, and Erectile Dysfunction.  As well, he commented on the government of Ontario’s proposal to expand pharmacists’ scope of practice to assess and treat minor ailments. 

Golf Shirts and Baseball Caps – We are investigating ordering Golf Shirts and Baseball Caps with our new logo.  If you are interested in buying shirts or caps, please let us know (winexpcsg@gmail.com) so we can judge how many to order.  It is currently estimated that shirts will cost approx. $25 and hats $15.

Financial Manager – We are still looking for a financial manager to relieve some workload off current SC members.  If you are interested, please let us know.

Webmaster – We are still looking for a webmaster to relieve some workload off current SC members.  If you are interested, please let us know.

Other Volunteers – If there are other areas that you would like to volunteer for, please let us know.   For example, we are interested in having a few folks make periodic phone calls to our members.

Garry

Garry W. Loeper

e-mail: gwloeper@gmail.com

cell: (613) 913-4799

Other News of Interest

ADT Educational Program Update

Hello everyone, 

We’re reaching out today with an update on upcoming online classes for the Androgen Deprivation Therapy Educational Program. The next online classes will be held on June 16th, July 18th, and August 17th, all at 3:00 PM Pacific time/ 4:00 PM Mountain time/ 6:00 PM Eastern time. Attached is a copy of our program poster.

As you may recall, the online ADT Educational Program is a free resource to help patients manage ADT side effects and engage in healthy lifestyle behaviours (e.g., physical activity). The program provides support to both prostate cancer patients and their partners or loved ones.   

Classes are offered monthly, and patients are asked to register ahead of time at www.LifeOnADT.com. The class is a one-time, live (90 min.), facilitated webinar. After attending, Canadian patients are mailed a free copy of the ADT book (linked below).   

In 2019, we published research data showing that the ADT Educational Program—i.e., the class plus the book—can significantly raise patients’ self-efficacy in managing ADT side effects. However, it is most effective if taken early, before patients are overwhelmed by side effects.  


If you can, please inform the prostate cancer community about upcoming classes. Questions can be directed to Carly Sears at LifeOnADT@gmail.com.   

Thank you for your ongoing support of the program!

Kind regards,   

~Carly

On Behalf of Drs. Lauren Walker, Richard Wassersug & John Robinson

 Carly Sears  

Project Coordinator  

Online ADT Educational Program  

www.LifeOnADT.com  

Phone: 403-465-2640   

Email: LifeOnADT@gmail.com 

Or carly.sears@ahs.ca 

Support Group Meeting Reminder

Tuesday, May 10th, 7 p.m. @ Hospice of Windsor, 6038 Empress Street, Windsor, ON

Guest Speaker – Tim Brady, Chair of the Ontario Pharmacists Association and Owner of Brady’s Drug Stores, Belle River, Essex and Tilbury.

Please join us. All are welcome.

Please complete and bring the following Screening Form for Hospice of Windsor.

May 2022 News & Events

Now that Spring has sprung, and summer fun is just around the corner, the Prostate Cancer Support Windsor/Essex Steering Committee (SC) would like to update you on our upcoming program and some of the initiatives that we are progressing with this year.

April Monthly Meeting – Our April meeting was excellent, thanks to a great presentation by Jenny McGregor from the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation. 

 We were also very happy to be recognized as one of the top fundraising teams for the Foundation’s 2021 “Grow-On” fundraising campaign, which raised over $250,000 this year.  Our thanks to Jim Fair and Guy Jolin, who organized our team’s participation, and thank-you again to all who donated!!!!

Grow On Windsor

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 Support Group Meeting

Please join us as we meet again, in person, for our May meeting at the Hospice.  We welcome our guest speaker Tim Brady, Pharmacist and Owner of Brady’s Drug Stores in Belle River, Essex and Tilbury, and currently the Chair of Board of Directors for the Ontario Pharmacists Association. Tim’s talk will cover topics such as the latest medicines related to Prostate Cancer, Incontinence, and Erectile Dysfunction.  As well, he’ll comment on the government of Ontario’s proposal to expand pharmacists’ scope of practice to assess and treat minor ailments.  Please be aware that COVID restrictions remain in place at the Hospice.

Saturday, June 18, 2022 Spring BBQ

This June we would like to try something different and special.  Rather than a traditional Tuesday meeting at the Hospice, we are planning a BBQ get-together at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594, 5030 Howard Ave., Oldcastle, ON N9H 0M3 on Saturday, June 18th @ 5 p.m.  This licenced venue turned out to be excellent for our Xmas party.  The current plan calls for Burgers/Fries (approx. $15), Sausages/Fries (appox $12.50), and Hotdogs/Fries (appox $10).  We want this event to include members, their families & friends of all ages, and special stakeholders such as our friends at Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH), Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation, Hospice, etc.  Please mark your calendars and let us know how many guests you plan to bring so that we can make sure the caterer is prepared.  Please also let us know other special stakeholders who we should consider inviting.

Participation in Community Events

This year we participated again in the “Play for a Cure” fundraising event at the Vollmer Centre.  This charity was able to raise over $400K in support of local cancer research; money raised from the event will go to the local Cancer Research Collaboration Fund.  Thanks to Don B., Dennis E., Jim F., Jim L., Garry L., Murray M., Phil S., Noel W., and Wayne Z. for volunteering your time!!! 

  We also provided volunteer support to the Hospice “Dove Pin” Campaign; the Hospice is pleased to announce that over $35K was raised to help support Hospice patients and families!  Thank-you to Jim & Mabsy Fair and Murray McLennan for devoting their time.  We look forward to participating in other future related events and campaigns.

Awareness Presentations to Organizations – Garry recently presented awareness briefings to the WRH Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC) and the local chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP).  These were very well received and he will soon be presenting to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594 and Canterbury College.  If you are aware of other organizations that may want a presentation, please let us know.

Golf Shirts and Baseball Caps –

We are investigating ordering Golf Shirts and Baseball Caps with our new logo.  If you are interested in buying shirts or caps, please let us know so we can judge how many to order.

Community Awareness Events Booth – It is our long-term plan to man an awareness booth at hockey games and other events.  In preparation, we are planning to have a professionally made banner stand and other associated “marketing” material.  Again, we would welcome any ideas; we also ask that you solicit potential donors to help fund these “marketing” aids.  In the future, we will be asking for volunteers to man the booth at events.

Peer Facilitator Training – Several of our SC members will be taking Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Peer Facilitator training.  This training will equip peer facilitators with essential information and best practices to achieve high quality and sustainable peer support groups.

Financial Manager – We are still looking for a financial manager to relieve some workload off current SC members.  If you are interested, please let us know.

Webmaster – We are still looking for a webmaster to relieve some workload off current SC members.  If you are interested, please let us know.Garry

Garry W. Loeper, CD, MScEng, PCIP, PMP, PEng
e-mail: gwloeper@gmail.com
cell: (613) 913-4799

May 2022 Support Group Meeting

Please join us as we meet again, in person, for our May 10, 2022 Support Group Meeting at Hospice.

We welcome our guest speaker Tim Brady, Pharmacist and Owner of Brady’s Drug Stores in Belle River, Essex and Tilbury.

Tim’s talk will cover topics such as the latest medicines related to Prostate Cancer, Incontinence, and Erectile Dysfunction.  As well, he’ll comment on the government of Ontario’s proposal to expand pharmacists’ scope of practice to assess and treat minor ailments, such as pink eye, eczema, and urinary tract infections for patients across the province.

Most people will tell you Tim’s just a really nice guy who is easy to talk to. But he’s done a lot of other neat stuff too. He has been a practicing pharmacist since 2000. He has worked in hospitals, large pharmacy chains, and independent pharmacies in both Canada and the United States before opening Brady’s Drug Store in 2014. Tim is currently the Chair of Board of Directors for the Ontario Pharmacists Association, and is a Past President of the Essex County Pharmacists Association and former Ontario College of Pharmacy Accreditation Committee Member. Tim also sits on the Public Advisory Committee for St. Clair College’s Pharmacy Technician program and has presented previously to Prostate Cancer Support Windsor/Essex. And if that isn’t enough, he does national and provincial talks to pharmacy colleagues on patient-centred care.

Tim has received awards for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Leadership from Ferris State University in Michigan, and was the Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex County’s Philanthropist of the Year in 2012. Tim was also part of the Rotary Vocational Training Team that same year, and travelled to East Timor to help set up rural pharmacies and drug distribution networks.

Please join us Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 7pm at Hospice of Windsor/Essex County, 6038 Empress St., Windsor, ON.

COVID Screening Forms – We are still required to fill out COVID screening forms prior to entry.  In order to expedite the process and reduce any bottleneck at the Hospice entrance, we have attached a blank COVID screening form.  We ask that you print, sign, and bring the form with you if you plan to attend.  Guy Jolin will also be at the door to help the Hospice staff.  Again, we continue to monitor the Hospice requirements and update you should they change.

Saturday, June 18th

Save the Date: Saturday, June 18th @ 5 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594, 5030 Howard Ave., Oldcastle, ON N9H 0M3

Join us for a casual evening to kick off the summer season. Watch for further details to follow, along with news and updates on some of our recent activities.

News and Upcoming Presentations – April/May 2022


Mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy improves sexual health and intimacy after prostate cancer.

APRIL 26TH, 2022 | 2PM ET Bibiana Kemerer, Master’s student, will be speaking on her work on the INTROSPPECT study with Dr. Lori Brotto, which examines the use of mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy for prostate cancer patients and their partners who are experiencing sexual dysfunction. 

Following the presentation will be an opportunity for Q&A followed by our usual small group support group meeting.

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Partners in Prostate – Partner-Only Support Group

APRIL 27TH, 2022 | 9PM ET Prostate cancer is commonly referred to as a couple’s disease, due to its impact on not just prostate cancer patients, but their partners as well.

Join us at this partners-only meeting for a chance to share about your journey and learn from the experience of others going through this too. First time attendees will be given priority to share. 

Can’t make it to a meeting? Check out the Partners in Prostate website for 24/7 support and resources.

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Quality of life after prostate cancer treatments: Urinary and sexual dysfunction following prostate cancer surgery and radiation therapy

APRIL 28TH, 2022 | 7:30 PM ET Prostate Cancer Support Montreal & West Island will be hosting a very interesting and relevant presentation this month. Dr. Mélanie Aubé-Peterkin will be giving a presentation on urinary and sexual dysfunction following prostate cancer treatment. 

Dr. Mélanie Aubé-Peterkin is an attending urologist at McGill University Health Centre & Lachine Hospital.

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*NEW!* Advanced Prostate Cancer MAY 11TH, 2022 | 7PM ET

This group aims to meet the unique needs of advanced prostate cancer patients through the sharing of information, knowledge, and support. Advanced prostate cancer patients can include anyone:
with cancer that has spread (metastatic)
with a castrate-resistant cancer (no longer responds to first-line ADT)
with a high-risk or complex diagnosis
New participants will be given priority to discuss their situation. Partners and support people welcome.
Read all about the advanced prostate cancer support group team here.

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Active Surveillance Nationwide Support Group
One Year Anniversary! MAY 12TH, 2022 | 7:30PM ET

The Active Surveillance Support Group is thrilled to have Dr. Kerry Courneya joining us to discuss his recent, highly lauded, research on exercise for prostate cancer patients, as well as anxiety in active surveillance.

Don’t miss this special event on May 12th. 

Register now

Looking for local prostate cancer support group meetings?
Go to the Prostate Cancer Support Canada calendar here.
Don’t forget that we have free virtual yoga and fitness sessions available every single week through Butts in Motion!

Check out the site for local walking clubs, dragon boating, and more. While you’re at it, check out our new swag shop

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