No Support Group Meeting in September

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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.

February 2020 Support Group Meeting

For our February 11th Support Group Meeting, we were pleased to welcome our Guest Speaker, MARC MARIER, who recounted his experience with prostate cancer as a young man at 40 years of age. We heard how Marc traveled to Houston, Texas for treatment.

With over thirty three years of experience Marc is the second generation operator of Marcels Collision. Beyond his vast knowledge of the collision repair process, Marc has a lot knowledge of the insurance industry and their the claims process.

He’ll help take the pain out of the repair process and help you get your car fixed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Our meeting was also open for others, both men and women, to tell their story, including some of our members.

November 2019 Support Group Meeting

For our November Support Group Meeting, we welcomed our Guest Speaker, Dr. Tom Deklaj, MD, FRCSC.

Originally from Windsor, Dr. Deklaj obtained his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto (2003) and performed his Internship and Urology Residency at Dalhousie University, Halifax. He is a Certified Specialist in Urology (2008) and also holds a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Urology Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Deklaj is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, an Endourological Society Fellow and a member of the Canadian Urological Association.

Dr. Deklaj spoke to us about Androgen Deprivation Therapy as it relates to the treatment of Prostate Cancer.

October 2019 Support Group Meeting

For our October Support Group Meeting, we welcomed back our Guest Speaker, Andrea Simone, who presented her findings regarding emotional needs of men diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Andrea received her BScN from the University of Windsor and has been employed full-time since 1991 at Henry Ford Hospital, in Detroit, MI. Her experience has been in the inpatient and outpatient care setting treating urology patients for twenty-four years specializing in post operative care for robotic radical prostatectomy patients. Most recently, in 2017, she accepted a position in the Quality and Safety department at Henry Ford Hospital, specifically specializing in Sepsis outcomes and education as it relates to Core Measure government data.

In 2006, she initiated and implemented the first educational group classes for couples recovering from prostate cancer treatments for the Vattikuti Urology Institute (VUI). The focus had been on continence and penile rehabilitation and assisting men and couples in attaining a full recovery after treatment for prostate cancer, therefore, enhancing quality of life. This teaching has been expanded to other communities including Windsor and various organizations both voluntarily and frequently as a guest speaker.

She enjoys being part of a team that provides comprehensive patient care and attention to psychosocial-emotional needs of patients and their significant others. Andrea has been a guest speaker for TIMM medical, Ambulatory Nurse Council, St. Clair College, Windsor-Essex County Prostate Cancer Support Group, and the Urology Nurses of Canada (UNC) in Ottawa (2014).

No Support Group Meetings in July or August

Just a reminder that we don’t hold Support Group meetings in July or August. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 10th @ 7:00 pm at Hospice of Windsor-Essex County. Further details will follow.

Newly diagnosed and need support now? Follow this link to our website:

Enjoy your Summer!

June 2019 Support Group Meeting

For our June 2019 Support Group Meeting, we welcomed our guest speaker Tim Brady, Pharmacist and Owner of Brady’s Drug Stores in Essex and Belle River.

Tim was elected to the Ontario Pharmacists Association (“OPA”) Board of Directors as a District Representative in June 2016.  He has been a member of the OPA Insurance Committee since 2013 and has been a Board member with the Essex County Pharmacists Association since 2005 (he served as President from 2010-12).

A graduate of Ferris State University with a BS in Pharmacy, Tim is the pharmacist owner of two independent pharmacies in Essex County. Prior to opening his own pharmacy, Tim worked locally as a Pharmacist for a number of years.

Tim was the lead pharmacist in the “We Can Quit” program for smoking cessation, and a member of the 2011 Rotary District 6400 Vocational Training Team to East Timor.

His talk covered topics such as “Medical Cannabis as an Aid in Prostate Cancer” and the latest medicines related to Prostate Cancer, Incontinence, and Erectile Dysfunction.  Our thanks to Tim Brady for this down to earth talk on Sex, Life, and Prostate Cancer.

May 2019 Support Group Meeting

For our May 2019 Support Group Meeting, we welcomed our Guest Speaker Diane Mulcaster, RN BScN MHS, Training Facilitator for Windsor-Essex Compassion Care Community. Diane is a Registered Nurse with over 40 years of experience working in both hospital and community settings. She completed a Master’s Degree in Health Studies at the age of 59 and believes in lifelong learning and growth. Currently Diane works with the Windsor Essex Compassion Care Community and conducts various types of group workshops.
Diane’s topic was “Strategy to a Happy Life”. Her talk touched on coping with anxiety, loneliness, and depression as it relates to Prostate Cancer patients.

April 2019 Support Group Meeting

For our April Support Group Meeting, we welcomed our Guest Speaker, Dr. Siyaram Pandey, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Windsor.  He obtained his PhD from Jawaharial Nehru University (Delhi) and the Center for Cellular & Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India, did postdoctoral training at McGill University, worked at National Research Council as associate and Research Officer before joining the University of Windsor in 2000.

Dr. Pandey’s research is focused on apoptosis (cell suicide), which is central to various aspects of human health including neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. He has published more than 84 research articles, and has 5 patents. He was the President of Natural Health Product Research Society of Canada from 2013-2015, is  currently the Founder Director and CSO of the Windsor Botanical Therapeutics Inc. Toronto. His group is known for their discovery of the novel natural anti-cancer compound Pancratistatin, and Dandelion Root extract which is in clinical trial for blood cancer patients. His group in collaboration with Dr. Arnason’s lab at the University of Ottawa has pioneered discovery of different novel natural extracts with very selective anti-cancer activities.

Teaching and research are Dr. Pandey’s passion.  He has been awarded Teacher of the Year award two times (2004 and 2007), Mayor’s Innovation Award, City of Windsor 2017, Alumni Award for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching 2007, Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman, 2016. This award is given to non-resident Indian at the House of Lords, London UK by NRI Society of India. Faculty of Science Performance Award for 2014, and Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Medal for Outstanding Young Scientists 1992. This is India’s most prestigious national award for young scientists and only 1-2 people receive this award every year in Biology.

Dr. Pandey and his team have been working since 2005 on pancratistatin, demonstrating its cancer-killing properties. He spoke to us about his team’s ongoing research into the anti-cancer effects of Dandelion root and lemongrass extracts  in human prostate cancer; interaction with standard chemotherapeutic drugs, and the possibility of using them as adjuvant with standard chemotherapy.P

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