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/

Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad Windsor-Essex 2018

A big Thank You to our WPCSG members who volunteered their time and offered up their donations to support the Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad, Windsor-Essex, on May 27, 2018. From the Windsor Star:

Motorcycle enthusiasts of all ages hit the open road in Windsor and Essex County Sunday to honour fathers who died of prostate cancer or just to spend some quality time with fathers still living.

More than 500 riders departed from the Riverfront Festival Plaza at about 10 a.m. as part of the 13th annual Telus Ride for Dad. They headed along the Detroit River toward Lasalle and Amherstburg, then through Colchester and on to Leamington before heading up to Comber, then west to Saint Joachim and back to Windsor.

The event has raised more than $600,000 for prostate cancer research and awareness. Last year, $50,000 was donated to fund the cancer-fighting research of Siyaram Pandey at the University of Windsor. This year, $20,000 is being donated to fund fellow university cancer researcher Lisa Porter. “We have treatments today that save lives on a regular basis,” she said.

Windsor Ride For Dad co-chair Sarah White is a cancer survivor. She got involved because she wanted to ensure prostate cancer, which affects 1 in 7 men, gets the same sort of public attention and funding as other cancers.

“I know how important research and awareness is, which is what Ride for Dad is all about,” she said.

Fellow co-chair Shane White said cancer can impact whole families and implored middle-aged men to get checked because early detection is key in the battle against prostate cancer.

“Our message is go and get checked,” said White. “That’s what we’re riding for.”

Mark Beaugrand Memorial Pork Roast Barbeque 2018

  

On May 26, 2018 several of our members and their spouses/partners/guests attended the Mark Beaugrand Memorial Pork Roast Barbeque, organized and presented by the Stoney Point Lions Club. This popular annual event, held at the Stoney Point Sportmen’s Club, features a fabulous pork roast dinner with all the fixings, as well as a great selection of door prizes and auction items. Funds raised are donated to promote prostate cancer awareness, specifically in support of a free local clinic to facilitate PSA testing for prostate cancer.

The Windsor-Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group was very pleased to accept a cheque in the amount of $2,000 from the Stoney Point Lions Club from this year’s event, bringing their total support in the fight against prostate cancer to an incredible $19,500 since 2012! A job well done!

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.

I’m SABR – a New and Better way to treat prostate cancer!

The Prostate Cure Foundation and Ride For Dad are co-sponsoring the trial in Canada, helped by generous donations from Astellas, Janssen and Astra Zeneca.I’m SABR – a New and Better way to treat prostate cancer!

New research evidence confirms the concept that for prostate cancer a high dose per day of radiation is more effective than standard doses and now makes 7-8 week courses of radiation a thing of the past! We’ve found prostate cancer’s “Achilles Heel”.

It also reaffirms the importance of taking this concept to the next level. Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) is a more precise external beam radiation technique that takes advantage of this “Achilles Heel” for prostate cancer. SABR is even more convenient and appears to be more effective than standard external beam radiation (Loblaw A et al, 2014). Patients only need 5 non-invasive treatments, compared to the usual 20-39 treatment course.

An international clinical trial called PACE (Prostate Advances in Comparative Evidence) opened on February 16, 2016 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dr. William Chu is the Canadian Lead for the study. Patients will be randomly assigned to standard radiation (the choice of 20 or 39 treatments) or SABR (5 treatments). Already 6 patients have been recruited to the study at Odette and 6 more are lined up to start.

The PACE trial is taking place at 14 cancer centres across Canada. Other centres include: CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg; Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton; Lakeridge Health, Oshawa; London Regional Cancer Centre, London; Jewish General, Rosemount and Central Sud Hospitals, Montreal; Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, Ottawa; Northeast Cancer Centre, Sudbury; Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto; Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary; Walker Family Health, St. Catherine’s; and Windsor Regional Cancer Centre, Windsor.

Men with favorable-risk prostate cancer who are interested in participating in the SABR Prostate Cancer Trial should contact their oncologist to see if they might qualify for the trial. For further information on the Prostate Cure Foundation and SABR, visit www.prostatecure.ca For further information on the Ride For Dad, visit www.RideForDad.ca

Cheque Presentation for Prostate Cancer

                                                            

3 on 3 Hockey Passing Competition

With approval from Principal Mr Dan Laporte, Tournament Organizers Johnny Ulicny 111 and Matt Maggio of Corpus Christi Middle / Brennan Centre of Excellence and Innovation School, held a 3 on 3 hockey passing competition. The competition ran at lunch time for several days on campus all proceeds going for local Prostate Cancer Awareness .

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Wayne Zimney, Ian Bentley and Jim Fair except a Cheque for $100 dollars towards our P.S.A. Testing clinics from Johnny and Matt.

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