June 17, 2021 Support Group Meeting

Please join us Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 7:00 PM for our monthly Support Group Meeting. This month we’re pleased to join together with our friends at Prostate Cancer Support Thunder Bay  to share in their monthly meeting. Please note that this is a departure from our usual “second Tuesday” meeting for this month.

Guest Speaker: Paul Carrier, Thunder Bay Cancer Centre

Topic: “Cancer and COVID-19 a double whammy on our mental health!” .

For computer, tablets and smartphones, those who want to connect via video, there is the “Join Zoom Meeting” link below.  All you have to do is click the link and follow the instructions. If you do not have Zoom on your device, it will ask you to load it and it will take a couple minutes.

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Topic: Prostate Cancer Support Thunder Bay General Meeting
Time: June 17, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 815 3588 0708
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Hope to see you there!

May 2021 Support Group Meeting

**PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF MEETING DATE**

For our May 2021 Support Group Meeting, we’re pleased to join together with our friends at Prostate Cancer Network Ottawa to share in their monthly meeting, Thursday May 20, 2021 at 7:00 PM by ZOOM. Please note that this is a departure from our usual “second Tuesday” meeting for this month only.

The featured presenter is Meghan McInnis, M.Sc., from the Sexual Health Research Lab (Department of Psychology) at Queen’s University. She will discuss research findings on mental and sexual wellbeing in individuals diagnosed with prostate cancer. Originally from Ottawa, Meghan is a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. candidate at Queen’s University. She is conducting her graduate research in the Sexual Health Research Lab, under the supervision of Dr. Caroline Pukall. Her Master’s thesis was an investigation of the experiences of individuals diagnosed with prostate cancer, including their health-related quality of life, sexual outcomes, mental health, social support, and healthcare experiences. Meghan is also a co-founder of QueeringCancer.ca.

Please register in advance for this meeting using the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqce-trDopH9yX5KyQfuQcXt4–kWXB05h  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Hope to see you on May 20th @ 7 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Staying home? Looking for something to do? Here are a few upcoming events that may be of interest, from our friends at Prostate Cancer Network Ottawa.

April 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM by ZOOM. Our presenter is Dr. Dugald Seely, ND, M.Sc. Founder & Chief Executive Officer The Centre For Health Innovation (formerly the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre). His topic will be “Cancer Navigation – Understanding Available Resources and Choices”. 
 
You can register in advance for this meeting using the following link – https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrduCgqzIjG9UV30_9ZQwzdZNFxA7-4FW5 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Dr Seeley’s bio can be found on our website at Thursday April 15, 2021 – 7:00 PM — Prostate Cancer Network Ottawa (PCNO) (pccnottawa.ca)

April 22, 2021 at 7:00 PM by ZOOM. Annual Business Meeting. Join us to learn how PCNO did in 2020, and our plans for the future. Our speaker will be Dr. Rodney Breau, Surgical Oncologist, Assistant Professor of Urology at The University of Ottawa, and an Associate Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He attended medical school at Dalhousie University and urology residency at the University of Ottawa. He completed his Urologic Oncology and Robotic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic and received a Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research from Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvcOGopzgiHNMsLsmZUMcl5ha3rCMOgVsF After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

May 20, 2021 at 7:00 PM by ZOOM. Our presenter is Meghan McInnis, M.Sc., from the Sexual Health Research Lab (Department of Psychology) at Queen’s University. She will discuss research findings on mental and sexual wellbeing in individuals diagnosed with prostate cancer. Originally from Ottawa, Meghan is a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. candidate at Queen’s University. She is conducting her graduate research in the Sexual Health Research Lab, under the supervision of Dr. Caroline Pukall. Her Master’s thesis was an investigation of the experiences of individuals diagnosed with prostate cancer, including their health-related quality of life, sexual outcomes, mental health, social support, and healthcare experiences. She is a co-founder of QueeringCancer.ca. Register in advance for this meeting at 7:00 PM Eastern Time using the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqce-trDopH9yX5KyQfuQcXt4–kWXB05h After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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April 2021 Support Group Meeting

Please join us for our April Support Group Meeting via Zoom. We are pleased to bring you a video presentation by Dr. Danny Vesprini, Radiation Oncologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto.

Dr. Vesprini is an assistant professor in the department of radiation oncology at the University of Toronto.

His clinical interests are in the treatment of prostate and testicular cancer, while his research interests include:

  • Prostate cancer prevention
  • Screening and treatment of BRCA1/BRCA2 mutation carriers
  • Identification of genetic biomarkers that predict aggressiveness and progression of prostate cancer in men followed on an active surveillance protocol.

In this “pre-COVID” presentation to Prostate Cancer Support Toronto, Dr. Vesprini dicusses “Active Surveillance Decisions (Why, Who, How, and When you know it’s time to be treated)”.

Time: April 13, 2021, 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 873 9794 3362
Passcode: 728264

“The Prostate Cancer Support Windsor/Essex volunteer group and its members strictly provide news, non-medical peer support, and awareness information about prostate cancer.  Neither the group nor its members provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Any related communications or interactions including website news, content, or information; group meetings; individual peer support discussions; public awareness briefings; conferences; brochures; or otherwise are NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.  NEVER disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of communications or interactions received from our volunteer group or members.”

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.

Prostate Cancer Research Institute Conference

We thought you might be interested in a Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) conference via ZOOM coming up on Saturday March 27, 2021 from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm EDT.

If you wish to join in, follow this link to register. https://pcri.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e61bab2d681f6500ca8a92f0e&id=7e9c86e00d&e=6bff77d3f7

From PCRI: “This is an interactive online educational event for prostate cancer patients and caregivers. For this livestream, we are welcoming Thomas Hope, MD, of the University of California San Francisco who will present on PSMA Prostate Imaging, and Celestia “Tia” Higano, MD, from the University of British Columbia will present on Hormone Therapy and its side effects. This event will also feature a two-hour Q+A session with Mark Moyad, MD, MPH and Mark Scholz, MD, answering questions from the live online audience. We look forward to seeing you there!”

“The Prostate Cancer Support Windsor/Essex website and its members strictly provide news and awareness information about prostate cancer.  Neither the website nor the group members provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Any news, content, or information from the website, group meetings, member peer support discussions, public awareness briefings, brochures, or otherwise is NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.  Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of news, content, or information received either from the website, group meetings, member peer support discussions, public awareness briefings, brochures, or otherwise.”

March 2021 Support Group Meeting

Our thanks to our friends at Prostate Cancer Support Peterborough for allowing us to bring you a video presentation of their February 2021 Support Group Meeting featuring Dr. Stephen Holzapfel, MD

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’

Time: Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87445820610?pwd=OWl3UG9XUFdWb2trNGROMHRrL1c0Zz09

Meeting ID: 874 4582 0610
Passcode: 355864

We encourage you to attend with your spouse/partner.

“The Prostate Cancer Support Windsor/Essex website and its members strictly provide news and awareness information about prostate cancer.  Neither the website nor the group members provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Any news, content, or information from the website, group meetings, member peer support discussions, public awareness briefings, brochures, or otherwise is NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.  Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of news, content, or information received either from the website, group meetings, member peer support discussions, public awareness briefings, brochures, or otherwise.”

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.

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

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.

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