November 2018 Support Group Meeting

For our November Support Group Meeting, we welcomed our Guest Speaker, Veronica Bryksa, MS, MC, CGC, CCGC Mrs. Bryksa is a cancer genetic counsellor with the Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Program, based out of Windsor Regional Hospital in Windsor, Ontario.  She completed graduate training in genetic counseling at Wayne State University, as well as her M.S. in Basic Medical Science. Mrs. Bryksa is certified with both the American Board of Genetic Counseling and Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC). She helped establish the cancer genetics program in Windsor after working at London Health Sciences Centre Medical Genetics Program and Hutzel Women’s Hospital. Mrs. Bryksa is active in the CAGC, volunteering with the Education Committee and the Central Regional Representative on the CAGC Board of Directors.

Mrs. Bryksa spoke to us about The Cancer Genetics Program and understanding genetic testing and counselling for hereditary cancer. If you are interested in Genetic Counselling, speak with your health care provider. They will refer you to the Cancer Genetics Program located at Windsor Regional Hospital. For more information, visit their website:

www.WRHcancerprogram.ca

The Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Program is responsible for the quality and delivery of cancer services for the areas of Chatham-Kent, Sarnia/Lambton and Windsor/Essex. It is a network of healthcare professionals and organizations involved in cancer prevention and care.

December 2018 Support Group Meeting

Happy Holidays

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December 11th, 2018 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Enjoy the Holiday sounds of the Hospice Band

All our members, family and friends are welcome.

Important: We need to know if you’re coming (how many) and what you are bringing (appetizer, salad, dessert)

Please reply by December 5th

 

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

Please join us in our Holiday Celebration at this final Support Group Meeting of 2018.

 

 

October 2018 Support Group Meeting

For our October 2018 Support Group Meeting, we welcomed our Guest Speakers, Dr. Tamara Siddall, Regional Primary Care Lead and Ben Parent, Manager, Cancer Screening & Prevention for our Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Program. They spoke to us about three organized screening programs in our region (breast, cervical, and colorectal), as well as the new Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) for colorectal screening that will be launched early next year, offering a more user friendly procedure than the Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) that we have been using to date.

Their main message: Take advantage of the programs available.

Speak to your Health Care Professional……GET SCREENED.

The Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Program is responsible for the quality and delivery of cancer services for the areas of Chatham-Kent, Sarnia/Lambton and Windsor/Essex. It is a network of healthcare professionals and organizations involved in cancer prevention and care. For further information, visit their website:

https://www.cancercareontario.ca/en/cancer-care-ontario/programs/regional-cancer-programs/erie-st-clair

 

September 2018 Support Group Meeting

    

For our September Support Group meeting, we welcomed our Guest Speaker, Andrea Simone, RN, BSN, CURN who engaged our group in a lively discussion about post-treatment rehabilitation for Prostate Cancer Patients experiencing erectile disfunction and/or urinary incontinence. The good news is that there are a number of medications, devices and medical procedures that can help. Don’t be shy……talk to your medical professional.

Our thanks to Andrea for joining us.

June 2018 Support Group Meeting

For our June 2018 Support Group Meeting, we welcomed our Guest Speaker, Lisa Hogan, RN, BScN, Consultant, Manager & Business Development for Natural Health Services (NHS).

Natural Health Services is changing the way Canadians access cannabis. They are a medical cannabis clinic operating under Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). Working with Canada’s top federally regulated Licensed Producers. They provide their patients with free access to experienced medical professionals.

Lisa provided the meeting attendees with an overview of how their service works, including the initial appointment with one of their physicians, a subsequent education session, your selection of a Licensed Producer, and the medication delivery process. We learned that NHS can assist with understanding the many details and questions surrounding the various strains of medical cannabis, dosing, and methods of consumption. For more information, visit the Natural Health Services website through the link below, or call them at (844) 262-0942.

Thank you Lisa!

https://naturalhealthservices.ca/windsor/

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.

 
Stacey Dusik RN, BScN, CRNFA

 
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.

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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October 2015 Support Group Meeting

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Flo Hartlieib, R.N and Sharron Parrott, R.N.,B.A.   Members of the Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario and Teachers Collective.
Will be presenting on Therapeutic Touch at our October 13 Monthly Meeting.
Therapeutic touch is a non-invasive holistic approach to facilitate healing. A consciously directed process of energy exchange during which the Practitioner uses the hands as a focus for healing. A technique to help people relax, relieve their pain, and help them heal faster.
Therapeutic touch is thought to promote healing through balance in the body.
Following the Presentation
Their Practice Group participants will offer Therapeutic Touch sessions to those who would like to experience a hands on session.
Review their web site for Therapeutic Touch Workshops.

September 2015 Support Group Meeting

 

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We are pleased to have Pharmacist Tim Brady as our Guest Speaker for September 8th.  Over the years Tim has amassed a wealth of information about Health Care Drugs, how they work, their side effects and how they react with each other. 
We as patients, have the right to understand our medications and make informed decisions, to be able to gauge the benefits and risks of treatment, as well as grasp important cost issues.
Tim will help us with this and answer our questions.
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