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.

If you want to join from a smartphone for just the audio and not the video, and have the email on your phone, you click the “One tap mobile” and follow the prompts and the host will let you in.  You can mute and unmute your phone by clicking *6.

If you want to join from a landline or smartphone for the audio, you use the number “Dial by your location” and follow the prompts to put in the Meeting ID and the Passcode.  You can mute and unmute by using *6.  Area code 647 is Toronto

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

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81535880708?pwd=RXNDM2MwK3lidlJIMk03TzdPTzdMdz09

Meeting ID: 815 3588 0708
Passcode: 738950
One tap mobile
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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)

Join Zoom Meeting
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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 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.

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!

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