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.

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.

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:

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