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.

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/

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.

September 2016 Meeting daVinci Robot Procedure of the Prostate Removal

 

 

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Stacey Dusik R.N. will provide update on DaVinci Robot at our September 13th Meeting.

 

Robotic Updates and the Prostate Removal Procedure.

 
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Stacey will be providing an update on the daVinci Robot Program at Windsor Regional Hospital.

She will also explain how the Complete Operation is performed using the daVince robot to Remove the Prostate.

 
Stacey’s Biography
In 1994, I graduated from the University of Western Ontario with my BScN. My career began at a private oral surgery office from 1994-2001. In 2001, I began working in the Operating Room at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. During my years at Henry Ford Hospital my focus of practice was Urological Surgeries. The Urologists at Henry Ford Hospital began working with the daVinci robot in 2001. I was able to be part of the daVinci team. In 2006, my role expanded to Registered Nurse First Assistant thus enabling me to be involved in over 4000 cases. As part of a dedicated team member, I was able to travel around the world teaching and educating others regarding robotic surgeries. The team traveled to countries such as Greece, Italy, India, Malaysia, France, South Korea and China performing surgeries and educating. In June 2014, I became the Clinical Practice Manager at Windsor Regional Hospital, Met Campus. I have the opportunity to be part of the team working and developing the daVinci robotic program in Windsor.

February 2016 Support Group Meeting

 

 

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                     Topic Prostate Cancer Research

 

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Dora Cavallo-Medved, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Windsor

Dora Cavallo-Medved received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Windsor in 2000. She was awarded a NSERC postdoctoral fellowship to study cancer progression and invasion at Wayne State University and Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan, where she was later appointed a Research Assistant Professor. She returned to the University of Windsor in 2008 as a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences. Her main research interest is on the development of 3-dimensional cellular models to study both the breast and prostate tumour microenvironment. In addition to her research, she has also developed a great interest and passion for Science Education. She currently teaches Introductory Biology for Science majors and mentors undergraduate Biology students. She has been awarded several pedagogical grants and recently published a Biology textbook for college and university students. She also founded the UWindsor Science Academy Program for top science students and is currently developing a Science Student Network. Dr. Cavallo-Medved is on the Executive Committee of the Windsor Cancer Research Group and the Chair of the Strategic Development and Public Outreach Committees. She is also a recipient of the Roger Thibert Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Science.

 

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Dr. Luis Rueda received his Bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of San Juan, Argentina, in 1993, and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Carleton University, Canada, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. He is currently a Full Professor within the School of Computer Science at the University of Windsor, Canada. His research interests are mainly focused on machine learning and bioinformatics in transcriptomics, interactomics and genomics. The main applications of his research are in detection of biomarkers associated with prostate cancer progression and breast cancer subtypes. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Seeds4Hope Grant for prostate cancer research. Dr. Luis Rueda holds three patents and has published more than 100 articles in prestigious journals and conferences in machine learning and bioinformatics. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a Member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Science Society, the International Society for Computational Biology and the Windsor Cancer Research Group.

November 2015 Support Group Meeting

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 November Speaker Gary Switzer

To speak on why the new hospital is needed in Windsor.

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Gary Switzer, Chief Executive Officer
Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network

Gary Switzer joined the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) in August, 2005 as the inaugural CEO. As the first employee, he has built the organization to oversee the planning, integration, and funding of over 80 local health service providers including seven hospitals, with an annual budget of $1 billion.

Gary has a genuine passion for health care that drives him and the LHIN staff to make a difference in the lives of Erie St. Clair residents. Through his leadership, the Erie St. Clair LHIN has focused on improving system accountability, and reducing surgical, emergency department and diagnostic wait times. Gary provided the local introduction of innovative programs including Home First, Palliative Care Outreach, and Health Links.

Prior to joining the health care sector, Gary was a senior executive within the telecommunications industry. The national and international business experience he brings to the LHIN, provides a fresh perspective and leadership presence needed for thinking outside of the health care box.

The Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (ESC LHIN) is one of 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) in Ontario. The LHINs were established in 2006 to manage the planning, integration, performance, and funding of the health care system.

LHINs are community-based, non-profit organizations funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to plan, fund and coordinate services.

October 2015 Support Group Meeting

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Flo Hartlieib, R.N and Sharron Parrott, R.N.,B.A.   Members of the Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario and Teachers Collective.
Will be presenting on Therapeutic Touch at our October 13 Monthly Meeting.
Therapeutic touch is a non-invasive holistic approach to facilitate healing. A consciously directed process of energy exchange during which the Practitioner uses the hands as a focus for healing. A technique to help people relax, relieve their pain, and help them heal faster.
Therapeutic touch is thought to promote healing through balance in the body.
Following the Presentation
Their Practice Group participants will offer Therapeutic Touch sessions to those who would like to experience a hands on session.
Review their web site for Therapeutic Touch Workshops.

September 2015 Support Group Meeting

 

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We are pleased to have Pharmacist Tim Brady as our Guest Speaker for September 8th.  Over the years Tim has amassed a wealth of information about Health Care Drugs, how they work, their side effects and how they react with each other. 
We as patients, have the right to understand our medications and make informed decisions, to be able to gauge the benefits and risks of treatment, as well as grasp important cost issues.
Tim will help us with this and answer our questions.
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