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
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87397943362?pwd=Ni9HZ0FBVUNzTy96OEhNQ3hjUVVHUT09

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.”

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.”

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 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!

Grow On Windsor

During the month of November, we are participating in Grow On Windsora fundraising campaign in support of cancer awareness, research and treatment for men living in Windsor/Essex.

Join us as warriors for the cause by pledging your support for this year’s Grow On campaign. 

Your support is appreciated!

Click here to view the team page for Prostate Cancer Support Windsor/Essex
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October 2020 Support Group Meeting

Dr. Jeffrey D. Campbell MD, FRCSC

For our October 2020 Support Group Meeting, we were pleased to welcome our guest speaker, Dr. Jeffrey D. Campbell MD, FRCSC.

Dr. Campbell completed his medical school training at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, then residency training in Urology at Western. He went on to complete a fellowship in men’s health and reconstructive urology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, then a second fellowship in prosthetic surgery at Western University. He is currently completing his Masters in Public Health through the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus in clinical trials and patient outcomes research. 

Dr. Campbell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, division of Urology at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University. His urology practice is primarily focused on reconstructive urology, men’s health and sexual dysfunction. His clinical research focuses on novel therapeutic options for treatment of erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease. Dr. Campbell has an interest in cancer survivorship, men’s sexual health, and opioid reduction strategies.

Our thanks to Nadia Khoja, Senior Urology Sales Representative at Boston Scientific Corporation, for her assistance in bringing us this presentation.

Our sincere thanks to Dr. Campbell for joining us and for his presentation regarding “Erectile Dysfunction and Urinary Incontinence after Prostate Cancer Surgery”

No Support Group Meeting in September

Off Pond Street, Dunstable, Massachusetts

We hope that your summer has gone well, and that you’ve managed to keep the COVID-19 virus at bay. Unfortunately, the September 8th Support Group Meeting is also cancelled, as we are not yet at a point where we’re able to meet each other face to face.

Speaking of Face to Face, don’t forget to support the Hospice of Windsor Essex Face to Face Campaign during the month of September. You can donate online at https://www.thehospice.ca/

September is also Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Our friend Walter Eadie at Prostate Cancer Support Oakville/Mississauga suggests these great opportunities to learn more about many aspects of prostate cancer and its treatment. Feel free to pick and choose what is of interest to you.

Here is what is coming up.

Sept 11th/12th : PCRI Prostate Cancer Patient Conference:

Coming up next weekend. This is a high-quality conference which we can all access on-line this year. Check out the topics and speakers!

https://pcri.org/2020-conference

Sept 15th : What’s in your pathology report”. Offered by Prostate Cancer Foundation-BC.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYufumvqDIiGdbcER7ZxpLS_WWqZPkd-U7l

Sept 22nd : “Nutrition and Cancer”. Offered by Prostate Cancer Foundation-BC.  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qceqrqDosE9zNkV5i8-1cNWQ37M0Td2JZ

Sept 23rd: patient information webinar about robotic-assisted prostatectomy on September 23rd at 5:30pm EST, hosted by Dr Munir Jamal from Credit Valley hospital.

The webinar is free, patients just need to register via this link https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/what-is-surgical-robotics-and-how-it-benefits-prostatectomy-patients-tickets-117406731695?aff=Oakville and join via Zoom. It will last 1h, and will include Dr. Jamal’s presentation of robotic assisted prostatectomy, a patient’s story, as well as time for questions and answers.

Sept 29th : “ Active Surveillance: Why, Who, How and How Not” (Dr. Danny Vesprini) 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkcOytqTksHdDC0wRxhWS-ZMZFW_SKhHaa

Sept 29th:  Genomic and Genetic Testing for Active Surveillance Decision Making. Registration for this session is open at

https://bit.ly/3f3J8Tq

Sept 30th: Next “Awareness Night” from Prostate Cancer Support-Toronto: 

https://pccntoronto.ca/awareness-night/ . Info on HIFU and MRI Fusion Biopsy

Oct 1st: a Webinar entitled “PSMA Imaging in Prostate Cancer: New Developments”

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7344320267500087052?ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_8_7_2020_10_53)&goal=0_bc8795358a-129883981b-149108213&mc_cid=129883981b&mc_eid=ecb474766f

Hopefully, we’ll have a chance to get together soon. We’ll keep you advised as we go forward. Stay well!

No Support Group Meetings in July and August

As we take our normal break for the summer, a reminder that our next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, September 8th. However, given the continuing situation with the COVID-19 Pandemic, we don’t yet know if that meeting will take place. We will keep you informed about upcoming meetings as we learn more.

Please enjoy the summer weather, stay well and do your part to respect the guidelines to help stop the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. For more information, please consult https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

As always, if you are a newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient, or just need to chat, you can contact our Support Committee http://wpcsg.com/support-committee/

or email us http://wpcsg.com/contact-us/

Thanks for your understanding. See you again soon!

March 2020 Support Group Meeting

Photo courtesy of University of Windsor

For our March 10, 2020 Support Group Meeting, we were pleased to welcome our Guest Speaker, Lisa A. Porter, Ph.D. Professor, University of Windsor and Director, WE-SPARK Health Institute.

Dr. Porter received her Ph.D. in medical sciences from McMaster University, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in chemistry & biochemistry from the University of California San Diego.  She joined the University of Windsor in 2004 as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator.
Her research program covers many aspects of understanding how cancer begins and progresses to an aggressive, drug resistant state. The goal is finding new more effective therapies for patients. 
Dr. Porter described their research, focused on finding more effective ways to detect the progression of prostate cancer and treat aggressive, drug resistant stages of the disease.

Dr. Porter was also a founding director of the Windsor Cancer Research Group and this more recently has grown into a bone fide Health Research Institute, WE-SPARK Health Institute, to serve the needs of Windsor-Essex.  

She included a few slides to introduce the goals of WE-SPARK Health Institute and how this will benefit our Windsor-Essex community.

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