Upcoming Events

Locked down? Looking for something to do? Here are a few upcoming events that may be of interest.

Prostate Cancer Support Peterborough
invites you to a Zoom meeting.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 07:00 PM EST

Presenter:  Dr. Stephen Holzapfel, MD, CCFP, FCFP Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Deptartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Toronto

Topic: ‘There IS Sex After Prostate Cancer’
Register here in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElce2trTIvE9PUbXyM6LI8_am9mruB9D8W
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Sponsored by Astellas Pharma Canada

We encourage you to attend with your spouse/partner.
For anonymous questions, forward questions ahead of time to 2451cs@gmail.com
OR
During the meeting, using ‘ZOOM chat’, questions can also come privately to the host who can read them to Dr. Holzapfel.

Please submit any questions to: 2451cs@gmail.com

Calvin Stillman, Co-chairman

Prostate Cancer Support Peterborough

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Prostate Cancer Support Hamilton has a Zoom meeting scheduled for: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:30 pm

The Speaker is:  Dr. Michael B. Greenspan, Urologist, speaking about Continence and Sexual Dysfunction.

Dr. Greenspan has spoken to the group several times, and based upon their previous response, they anticipate there will be a good turn out on the 24th. Bring your questions.

Once you register, they will send you a Zoom Invitation Link on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 to join the meeting. If you want to register, please contact; pcsgHamilton@gmail.com.

The meeting will start at 7:30 pm, February 24th, but they would appreciate if you join the Zoom meeting between 7:10 and 7:25 pm. Please mark that on your calendar.

They welcome your spouses, partners, family or care givers.

All the Very Best. Looking forward to seeing you on the 24th.

Nick Vrkljan, Darshan Upadhyay & Dave Allatt.

Prostate Cancer Support Hamilton

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Call for Female Caregivers to Join or Help with “A Forum For Her” Support Group


The Us TOO call-in caregiver support group A Forum for Her was established for the women behind the men affected by prostate cancer. Because prostate cancer is a couple’s disease, the woman is often subject to her own concerns in addition to those she shares with her partner. A Forum for Her is a regular call series which focuses on women and offers important peer-to-peer support. Ladies – your role as a caregiver for a man with prostate cancer gives you an understanding and compassion for others who navigate this journey. We hope you have found support in many ways and have developed your own self-care strategies. Out of your experiences, maybe you have seen that others are looking for ways to connect, to be listened to and really heard, understood, validated, and encouraged. If you are ready to take a role in making these connections possible, we invite you to give us some information about your situation and possible availability. Our hope at Us TOO is that this year we might grow our options for caregiver support.
Would you join our team and volunteer? Let us know! Thank you for considering making a gift of your time and compassion! To register for any of our A Forum for Her calls, or volunteer to help, email terril@ustoo.org or call 336-842-3578 . CLICK HERE for more information on A Forum for Her . Warmest regards,
Terri Likowski
Us TOO Program Director – Support Group Services
and
Kathie Houchens
Volunteer Us TOO Prostate Cancer Caregiver Support Group Leader Since 2009

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Prostate Cancer Research Institute

To learn more about prostate cancer visit http://www.pcri.org The PCRI provides resources for prostate cancer patients and caregivers looking to gain understanding, insight, and hope. Get honest answers from science based data.

PCRI also has a variety of informative videos on You Tube. Check them out at www.youtube.com/user/ThePCRI

Prostate Cancer 101 Video

A plain talk discussion of Prostate Cancer featuring Denis in the starring role along with supporting performances by Jim, Don, Wayne, Noel and Greg. Surely worthy of award nominations!

Our thanks to Greg for coordinating and directing, and to Prostate Cancer Canada, Families First, Windsor Mold Group, Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation, WFCU Centre, and Windsor Spitfires for their support and participation.

Please feel free to share.

No Support Group Meetings in July or August

Just a reminder that we don’t hold Support Group meetings in July or August. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 10th @ 7:00 pm at Hospice of Windsor-Essex County. Further details will follow.

Newly diagnosed and need support now? Follow this link to our website:

Enjoy your Summer!

June 2019 Support Group Meeting

For our June 2019 Support Group Meeting, we welcomed our guest speaker Tim Brady, Pharmacist and Owner of Brady’s Drug Stores in Essex and Belle River.

Tim was elected to the Ontario Pharmacists Association (“OPA”) Board of Directors as a District Representative in June 2016.  He has been a member of the OPA Insurance Committee since 2013 and has been a Board member with the Essex County Pharmacists Association since 2005 (he served as President from 2010-12).

A graduate of Ferris State University with a BS in Pharmacy, Tim is the pharmacist owner of two independent pharmacies in Essex County. Prior to opening his own pharmacy, Tim worked locally as a Pharmacist for a number of years.

Tim was the lead pharmacist in the “We Can Quit” program for smoking cessation, and a member of the 2011 Rotary District 6400 Vocational Training Team to East Timor.

His talk covered topics such as “Medical Cannabis as an Aid in Prostate Cancer” and the latest medicines related to Prostate Cancer, Incontinence, and Erectile Dysfunction.  Our thanks to Tim Brady for this down to earth talk on Sex, Life, and Prostate Cancer.

May 2019 Support Group Meeting

For our May 2019 Support Group Meeting, we welcomed our Guest Speaker Diane Mulcaster, RN BScN MHS, Training Facilitator for Windsor-Essex Compassion Care Community. Diane is a Registered Nurse with over 40 years of experience working in both hospital and community settings. She completed a Master’s Degree in Health Studies at the age of 59 and believes in lifelong learning and growth. Currently Diane works with the Windsor Essex Compassion Care Community and conducts various types of group workshops.
Diane’s topic was “Strategy to a Happy Life”. Her talk touched on coping with anxiety, loneliness, and depression as it relates to Prostate Cancer patients.

April 2019 Support Group Meeting

For our April Support Group Meeting, we welcomed our Guest Speaker, Dr. Siyaram Pandey, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Windsor.  He obtained his PhD from Jawaharial Nehru University (Delhi) and the Center for Cellular & Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India, did postdoctoral training at McGill University, worked at National Research Council as associate and Research Officer before joining the University of Windsor in 2000.

Dr. Pandey’s research is focused on apoptosis (cell suicide), which is central to various aspects of human health including neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. He has published more than 84 research articles, and has 5 patents. He was the President of Natural Health Product Research Society of Canada from 2013-2015, is  currently the Founder Director and CSO of the Windsor Botanical Therapeutics Inc. Toronto. His group is known for their discovery of the novel natural anti-cancer compound Pancratistatin, and Dandelion Root extract which is in clinical trial for blood cancer patients. His group in collaboration with Dr. Arnason’s lab at the University of Ottawa has pioneered discovery of different novel natural extracts with very selective anti-cancer activities.

Teaching and research are Dr. Pandey’s passion.  He has been awarded Teacher of the Year award two times (2004 and 2007), Mayor’s Innovation Award, City of Windsor 2017, Alumni Award for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching 2007, Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman, 2016. This award is given to non-resident Indian at the House of Lords, London UK by NRI Society of India. Faculty of Science Performance Award for 2014, and Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Medal for Outstanding Young Scientists 1992. This is India’s most prestigious national award for young scientists and only 1-2 people receive this award every year in Biology.

Dr. Pandey and his team have been working since 2005 on pancratistatin, demonstrating its cancer-killing properties. He spoke to us about his team’s ongoing research into the anti-cancer effects of Dandelion root and lemongrass extracts  in human prostate cancer; interaction with standard chemotherapeutic drugs, and the possibility of using them as adjuvant with standard chemotherapy.P

Thanks to Kingsville Public School!

Our thanks to the students and staff of Kingsville Public School, home of the “Kingsville Cobras”, for their generous donation of the proceeds of their Movember Spirit Day! We will ensure that your funds are put to good use in the local fight against Prostate Cancer. Great job!

March 2019 Support Group Meeting

After our February 2019 Support Group Meeting was cancelled due to poor weather conditions, we were very grateful that Stacey Dusik  agreed to join us as the speaker for our March 2019 Support Group Meeting. Stacey is the Operations Manager of the OR and PACU at Windsor Regional Hospital, Met Campus.  Stacey has been in a management role at Met campus for the last 4 years.  She was involved in the development of the DaVinci robotic surgery program at WRH Met campus.  She was able to work with the surgeons, nurses, Cancer Centre, Men’s Health Program and Intuitive (robotics company) to develop a robotic surgery program for the community of Windsor/Essex County.  Previous to her roles at WRH, Stacey was at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.  Her role was that of a first assistant and assisted Urologists in over 3,000 robotic surgery cases.  Recently, Stacey was able to successfully complete her Master of Nursing Leadership at the University of Windsor.

Invitation to Prostate Cancer Canada Network Ottawa Meeting

From PCCN Ottawa comes this invitation:

On March 3, 2021 at 7:00 PM Luke Lewandowski will talk to PCCNO by ZOOM on Precision Medicine

Precision medicine is the development of personalized treatments for each patient. Precision medicine has treated and cured terminal cancer cases. Hear about initiatives at Canada’s health agencies using precision medicine techniques to treat difficult diseases and patients whose disease has advanced to a terminal stage. Patients with terminal cancers – prostate, colon, breast, pancreatic – have been treated successfully using these methods.

Gene editing technologies have matured from a hit-and-miss approach to today’s precision approach. CRISPR gene editing technology is precise. CRISPR can remove, alter or replace one or more genes in the human genome, to treat or cure diseases caused by genetic disorders, such as sickle cell anemia and Huntington’s.

This presentation discusses COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, how they were discovered, how they are made, and how they work. The benefits of mRNA vaccines are compared to those of conventional vaccines.

Luke has an Honours BMath degree from the University of Waterloo. He worked in the Information Technology sector and co-founded several companies; building the first shared ATM network in Canada, offering IBM Mainframe outsourcing, developing and selling software to Fortune 500 companies.

Luke has given over a hundred presentations at conferences, to potential clients, in workshops and seminars, and on cruise ships. He enjoys speaking and continues to do so for groups, clubs, charities, and other organizations.

Please register in advance for this presentation using the following link:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtc-mrqjwpHdE7sNAphV0IiYDYCFmuXJAz

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

February 2021 Support Group Meeting

For our February 2021 Support Group Meeting, we were pleased to welcome our guest speaker, Joannie Jolin, who presented her talk

“My Personal Journey With Medical Cannabis”. 

Joannie retired in 1998 after 15-years as a Pyschotherapist in private practice, working with adult survivors of sexual abuse. At age 41, she enrolled at King’s College, The University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1983 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. In 1988 she was accepted at the University of Windsor’s School of Social Work receiving four credits towards a Master’s degree. 

Joannie is also a writer and has been published a number of times in The Windsor Star and various newsletters. She self-published a journal, titled “In Her Room” about the passing of Guy’s niece, Nathalie, in 2000 at age 24. She has also written an unpublished journal, “Delight in the Little Things”, about our member, Guy, written while he was recovering from cancer.

Our thanks to Joannie for this informative session.

No Support Group Meeting in January

Just a reminder that we do not meet in January. We won’t be ringing in 2021 with any great celebrations, but we’re thankful that we are here to kick 2020 out the back door and welcome 2021 with hope for a year of renewal and good health. Happy New year to all of you!

If you missed our October Zoom meeting with Dr. Jeffrey Campbell, here’s an opportunity for you to catch his presentation to the London Prostate Cancer Support Group:

Wednesday, January 6th, 6:30 pm

London Prostate Cancer Support Group – by Zoom. Contact Carl Kelly for Zoom link details Carlkelly39@gmail.com, 519 852 4277

  • Erectile Dysfunction & Urinary Incontinence after Prostate Cancer Surgery
  • Dr. Jeffrey Campbell, Assistant Professor, Urology, Western University.

Here are some other January events that may be of interest to you:

Wednesday, January 20th, 7:00 pm

Prostate Cancer Support – Oakville/Mississauga      –  Next Zoom meeting. Meeting details will be sent out the week before.  www.pccn-oakville-mississauga.com

  •  Richard Casey, Urologist, Oakville.  What’s new in prostate cancer – with Q & A session.

Wednesday, January 27th, 7:30 pm

Prostate Cancer Support Toronto      – Next Awareness Night meeting – Dr. Urban Emmenegger – metastatic prostate cancer

Wednesday, January 27th, 7:00 pm

Prostate Cancer Support Hamilton – Next Zoom meeting – Dr. Edward Matsumoto, Urologist/Surgical Oncologist, St. Joseph’s Hospital Hamilton

To get on the mailing list, please contact : pcsghamilton@gmail.com

December 2020 Support Group Meeting

Please join us Tuesday, December 8th at 7:00 pm for our December Support Group Meeting. We’re not able to celebrate the holiday season in person this year, but please join us on Zoom for some holiday fellowship. There’s no formal program, just a get together to share holiday wishes. Enjoy your own refreshments and holiday snacks!

For those of you who are not yet familiar with Zoom, it’s really quite easy. Just download the Zoom App to your computer or iPad or phone. We’ll send you a meeting reminder, the day before our meeting, with a link to the Zoom meeting.

In the meantime, here’s another link to some helpful information from Zoom.

https://www.goucher.edu/learn/graduate-programs/distance-learning-resources/documents/student_documents/HowtoParticipateInAZoomMeeting.pdf

We’ll also bring you up to date on a few changes that we’ve had over the summer months. Your Steering Committee has been hard at work with a few initiatives during these crazy times. Join us on Zoom on December 8th for details.

Hope to see you there!

Looking for Survey Participants

We’ve been contacted by McGill University and McMaster University to assist with a couple of studies that they have underway. If you fit the parameters, for either one or both, please help out. Contact details are below. Thanks!

From Fatima Yashmin at McGill University:

Self-employed Cancer Survivor Study
We are seeking to interview self-employed cancer survivors who are remaining or returning to work following cancer. Considering the dearth of knowledge on this topic, the intent is to gather as many experiences from self-employed cancer survivors to be able to derive strategies to assist in overcoming barriers encountered.

You can share the advertisement attached with your support group or anyone that you believe will take interest. 

Thank you again for this kind gesture. Fatima Yashmin

From Shipra Taneja at McMaster University:

I’m a Research Assistant at McMaster University (Urology). I am working with Dr. Anil Kapoor from McMaster University on a quantitative study about Canadian urological cancer patient’s perceptions on cannabis. There is a research study being done through the Urological Cancer Centre for Research and Innovation in Hamilton, Ontario. 

We were wondering if your prostate cancer support group would be able to help us in recruiting participants for this research study by sharing our survey link. It is a one-time, 15-minute survey through RedCAP for urological cancer patients (kidney, bladder, prostate, testicular) to fill out if they are currently using cannabis. We are also not collecting any personal identifiers.

They are looking for patients who are currently using cannabis to fill out a one-time 10-minute survey to understand their attitudes and beliefs surrounding cannabis for cancer. If you are interested in participating in the study, please visit: https://rsjh.ca/redcap/surveys/?s=8MX9K33T7H 

Your decision to participate in this study will not be known to us, and no personal identifiers will be collected.
Thank you for considering this request. Shipra Taneja

Upcoming Webinars

As the weather turns colder, and we spend more time indoors (as if we haven’t spent enough time indoors this year), here are a couple of webinars that might be of interest to you.

Thursday November 19th
Us TOO is proud to offer Prostate Cancer Connections, a series of educational and interactive webinars which will bring people together virtually and safely to access empowering, decision-making information and personal connections in a time of social distancing.

Imaging and Prostate Cancer Webinar
Thursday, November 19, 2020 8:00-9:30pm EST
Register at: www.ustoo.org/connections

Meet the Speaker: Dr. John F. Feller – Chief Medical Officer, HALO Dx
Dr. Feller has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and is an editor of the textbook Shoulder Magnetic Resonance Imaging . He has given over 400 invited lectures worldwide on orthopedic, prostate and body MR imaging. Dr. Feller’s current position is the Chief Medical Officer for HALO Dx. Most recently, Dr. Feller started and leads an MRI-based prostate cancer detection and focal therapy program at HALO Dx that has provided care to over 3,000 men and he serves on the Founding Board of Directors of the Focal Therapy Society.

For this webinar, Dr. Feller and the Halo Dx group will be presenting on “ Latest Advances in Screening, Early Detection and Treatment of Prostate Cancer .” 
Featured Speakers: Dr. Brian T. Helfand – Chief of Urology, NorthShore University HealthSystem
Bernadette Greenwood, BSc., PG Cert., RT(R)(MR)(ARRT) – Chief Research Officer, HALO Dx
Dr. John F. Feller – Chief Medical Officer, HALO Dx
Dr. Jeffrey Herz – Board Certified Urologist, HALO Dx 


Thursday, November 26th

After the success of our first patients webinar with Dr. Munir Jamal, we are organizing a second urology webinar for patients: “What is surgical robotics and how does it benefit urology patients” hosted by Dr. Kenneth Pace from St. Michael’s Hospital.

Our webinars are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about robotic-assisted surgery applied to urology. You just need to register via Eventbrite at this link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/what-is-surgical-robotics-and-how-does-it-benefit-urology-patients-tickets-125953848351?aff=Windsor and to join via Zoom on November 26th at 5:30pm EST.

The goal of this webinar is to provide patients and their relatives with information about cancer care options. It will explain what Robotic Assisted Surgery is and will have details about the da Vinci robot, its use in urology, the benefits of robotic assisted surgery, and the differences between open and laparoscopic surgery. It will last 1 hour and will include Dr. Pace presentation of robotic assisted surgery, a patient’s story, as well as time for questions and answers.

November 2020 Support Group Meeting

Fawn Meeking, RPN

For our November 2020 Support Group Meeting, we are pleased to welcome our guest speaker, Fawn Meeking, RPN. Please note that this will be a virtual meeting using Zoom (details below).

Fawn Meeking, RPN, is the owner of A Step Above Wellness Centre located in LaSalle. After working in long-term care and then a senior’s centre, where she gained valuable hours providing health care to an aging population, Fawn started a footcare business in 2016. After gaining the confidence she needed to successfully run her own business, she found the perfect location in June 2018 to open A Step Above Wellness Centre.

Of particular interest to our group, A Step Above Wellness Centre offers treatments utilizing the BTL EMSella Chair for men and women of any age who desire a non-invasive therapy treatment for urinary incontinence. The BTL EMSella Chair uses electromagnetic energy to cause deep pelvic floor muscle stimulation without getting undressed. A single BTL EMSella session brings thousands of Kegel-like contractions to help you train your muscles with less effort.

Please join us for this informative session with Fawn Meeking.

Topic: Fawn Meeking, RPN – “BTL EMSella Chair and Urinary Incontinence after Prostate Cancer Surgery”

Time: Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 07:00 PM Eastern Time
Join Zoom Meeting:


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83304207361?pwd=V3JDMGdpRFloREY2QXZtSFNWbUVsZz09

Meeting ID: 833 0420 7361
Passcode: 002369

Grow On Windsor

During the month of November, we are participating in Grow On Windsora fundraising campaign in support of cancer awareness, research and treatment for men living in Windsor/Essex.

Join us as warriors for the cause by pledging your support for this year’s Grow On campaign. 

Your support is appreciated!

Click here to view the team page for Prostate Cancer Support Windsor/Essex
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