February 2021 Support Group Meeting

For our February 2021 Support Group Meeting, we were pleased to welcome our guest speaker, Joannie Jolin, who presented her talk

“My Personal Journey With Medical Cannabis”. 

Joannie retired in 1998 after 15-years as a Pyschotherapist in private practice, working with adult survivors of sexual abuse. At age 41, she enrolled at King’s College, The University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1983 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. In 1988 she was accepted at the University of Windsor’s School of Social Work receiving four credits towards a Master’s degree. 

Joannie is also a writer and has been published a number of times in The Windsor Star and various newsletters. She self-published a journal, titled “In Her Room” about the passing of Guy’s niece, Nathalie, in 2000 at age 24. She has also written an unpublished journal, “Delight in the Little Things”, about our member, Guy, written while he was recovering from cancer.

Our thanks to Joannie for this informative session.

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.


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!

Looking for Survey Participants

We’ve been contacted by McGill University and McMaster University to assist with a couple of studies that they have underway. If you fit the parameters, for either one or both, please help out. Contact details are below. Thanks!

From Fatima Yashmin at McGill University:

Self-employed Cancer Survivor Study
We are seeking to interview self-employed cancer survivors who are remaining or returning to work following cancer. Considering the dearth of knowledge on this topic, the intent is to gather as many experiences from self-employed cancer survivors to be able to derive strategies to assist in overcoming barriers encountered.

You can share the advertisement attached with your support group or anyone that you believe will take interest. 

Thank you again for this kind gesture. Fatima Yashmin

From Shipra Taneja at McMaster University:

I’m a Research Assistant at McMaster University (Urology). I am working with Dr. Anil Kapoor from McMaster University on a quantitative study about Canadian urological cancer patient’s perceptions on cannabis. There is a research study being done through the Urological Cancer Centre for Research and Innovation in Hamilton, Ontario. 

We were wondering if your prostate cancer support group would be able to help us in recruiting participants for this research study by sharing our survey link. It is a one-time, 15-minute survey through RedCAP for urological cancer patients (kidney, bladder, prostate, testicular) to fill out if they are currently using cannabis. We are also not collecting any personal identifiers.

They are looking for patients who are currently using cannabis to fill out a one-time 10-minute survey to understand their attitudes and beliefs surrounding cannabis for cancer. If you are interested in participating in the study, please visit: https://rsjh.ca/redcap/surveys/?s=8MX9K33T7H 

Your decision to participate in this study will not be known to us, and no personal identifiers will be collected.
Thank you for considering this request. Shipra Taneja

Upcoming Webinars

As the weather turns colder, and we spend more time indoors (as if we haven’t spent enough time indoors this year), here are a couple of webinars that might be of interest to you.

Thursday November 19th
Us TOO is proud to offer Prostate Cancer Connections, a series of educational and interactive webinars which will bring people together virtually and safely to access empowering, decision-making information and personal connections in a time of social distancing.

Imaging and Prostate Cancer Webinar
Thursday, November 19, 2020 8:00-9:30pm EST
Register at: www.ustoo.org/connections

Meet the Speaker: Dr. John F. Feller – Chief Medical Officer, HALO Dx
Dr. Feller has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and is an editor of the textbook Shoulder Magnetic Resonance Imaging . He has given over 400 invited lectures worldwide on orthopedic, prostate and body MR imaging. Dr. Feller’s current position is the Chief Medical Officer for HALO Dx. Most recently, Dr. Feller started and leads an MRI-based prostate cancer detection and focal therapy program at HALO Dx that has provided care to over 3,000 men and he serves on the Founding Board of Directors of the Focal Therapy Society.

For this webinar, Dr. Feller and the Halo Dx group will be presenting on “ Latest Advances in Screening, Early Detection and Treatment of Prostate Cancer .” 
Featured Speakers: Dr. Brian T. Helfand – Chief of Urology, NorthShore University HealthSystem
Bernadette Greenwood, BSc., PG Cert., RT(R)(MR)(ARRT) – Chief Research Officer, HALO Dx
Dr. John F. Feller – Chief Medical Officer, HALO Dx
Dr. Jeffrey Herz – Board Certified Urologist, HALO Dx 

Thursday, November 26th

After the success of our first patients webinar with Dr. Munir Jamal, we are organizing a second urology webinar for patients: “What is surgical robotics and how does it benefit urology patients” hosted by Dr. Kenneth Pace from St. Michael’s Hospital.

Our webinars are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about robotic-assisted surgery applied to urology. You just need to register via Eventbrite at this link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/what-is-surgical-robotics-and-how-does-it-benefit-urology-patients-tickets-125953848351?aff=Windsor and to join via Zoom on November 26th at 5:30pm EST.

The goal of this webinar is to provide patients and their relatives with information about cancer care options. It will explain what Robotic Assisted Surgery is and will have details about the da Vinci robot, its use in urology, the benefits of robotic assisted surgery, and the differences between open and laparoscopic surgery. It will last 1 hour and will include Dr. Pace presentation of robotic assisted surgery, a patient’s story, as well as time for questions and answers.

November 2020 Support Group Meeting

Fawn Meeking, RPN

For our November 2020 Support Group Meeting, we are pleased to welcome our guest speaker, Fawn Meeking, RPN. Please note that this will be a virtual meeting using Zoom (details below).

Fawn Meeking, RPN, is the owner of A Step Above Wellness Centre located in LaSalle. After working in long-term care and then a senior’s centre, where she gained valuable hours providing health care to an aging population, Fawn started a footcare business in 2016. After gaining the confidence she needed to successfully run her own business, she found the perfect location in June 2018 to open A Step Above Wellness Centre.

Of particular interest to our group, A Step Above Wellness Centre offers treatments utilizing the BTL EMSella Chair for men and women of any age who desire a non-invasive therapy treatment for urinary incontinence. The BTL EMSella Chair uses electromagnetic energy to cause deep pelvic floor muscle stimulation without getting undressed. A single BTL EMSella session brings thousands of Kegel-like contractions to help you train your muscles with less effort.

Please join us for this informative session with Fawn Meeking.

Topic: Fawn Meeking, RPN – “BTL EMSella Chair and Urinary Incontinence after Prostate Cancer Surgery”

Time: Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 07:00 PM Eastern Time
Join Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 833 0420 7361
Passcode: 002369

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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Oops! We’re Sorry: Dr. Campbell Presentation

Our apologies that, due to a last minute technical glitch, some of you were unable to join the scheduled October Support Group Zoom Meeting with Dr. Jeffrey Campbell on Tuesday evening.

We are attempting to reschedule the presentation for a later date and will keep you informed.

Thanks for your patience. Stay well!

Reminder: Dr. Jeffrey D. Campbell Presentation

Just a reminder to join us Tuesday evening for a presentation by Dr. Campbell on Zoom. Check our website for details:


Connect to the Zoom Meeting with this link:

Topic: Dr. Jeffrey D. Campbell – “Erectile Dysfunction and Urinary Incontinence after Prostate Cancer Surgery” 

Time: Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 07:00 PM Eastern Time
Join Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 884 4185 0215
Passcode: 573249

See you there!

Prostate Cancer Support Windsor/Essex


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