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.

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.

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.”

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.

2014 Donation to the Regional Men’s Health Program

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The Windsor Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group have proudly donated $2,000 to the Windsor & Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation for the Regional Men’s Health Program at Windsor Regional Hospital

 

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