Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Presentation

Diagnostics and Therapeutics for Prostate Cancer: An Update
with Dr. Abby Collier
Wednesday, September 15th 7 pm Eastern

Prostate cancer (PCa) affects Canadian citizens widely and is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in either genders. As time has progressed we have become better at diagnosing and treating PCa. However scientific and medical efforts continue to push the boundaries of diagnosis and therapy. In this presentation, Dr Collier will present some of the newly approved diagnostics and therapeutics for PCa, including providing a broad overview of how these fields are developing from a research and clinical trial perspective.

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About Dr. Abby Collier
Originally from New Zealand, Dr. Collier holds both a BSc and PhD in pharmacology from the University of Auckland. After a postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Chris Pritsos at the University of Nevada, Dr. Collier was an assistant professor, then associate professor at the University of Hawaii Medical School. A member of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC since 2013, Dr. Collier is professor of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics, teaches pharmacology to undergraduate, graduate, pharmacy and medical students, maintains an active and well-funded research lab and directs the new undergraduate BPSc degree program.

Dr. Collier’s sub-specialty is drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics. She is the winner of the 2021 Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) Award (biennial, world-wide) in recognition of her scientific research leading the field in modeling and simulation “to reduce, refine and replace animal use”. She uses a combination of laboratory work and computer modeling to improve drug/chemical safety and efficacy. Along with her collaborators, she also performs research and publishes regularly in the fields of human and environmental toxicology and endocrinology, including prostate cancer.

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September 2021 Support Group Meeting

We hope you took some time this Summer to relax and recharge, and possibly even reaquaint with neighbours and friends. As we move into Fall, we still are not able to resume in person meetings at Hospice of Windsor & Essex County, due to COVID-19 related restrictions. Our Steering Committee has decided to suspend our Monthly Support Group Meetings until such time as we can resume meeting in person. We will continue to stay in touch and update you via these postings. Please feel free to contact us anytime at winexpcsg@gmail.com

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Please consider joining this presentation by Dr. Laurence Klotz.


Active Surveillance: Bench to Bedside
with Dr. Laurence Klotz
Thursday, September 9th, 7:30 pm Eastern

Don’t miss this special presentation from the incredible doctor who coined the term ‘Active Surveillance’ and has been working tirelessly for decades to reduce the overtreatment, morbidity, and mortality of prostate cancer. 

This is your chance to ask questions and chat with North America’s leading Active Surveillance expert.

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About Dr. Laurence KlotzLaurence Klotz, CM, MD, FRCSC
Dr. Laurence Klotz was educated at the University of Toronto,  Canada, where in 1977 he obtained his MD. Dr. Klotz completed his residency at the University of Toronto in 1983.  Subsequently, he was a Fellow in Uro-Oncology and Tumor Biology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, completing it in 1985.
 
Dr. Klotz then  returned to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. He is an  Associate Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute, past Chief of Urology, Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto, and the Sunnybrook Chair of Prostate Cancer Research. 
 
Dr. Klotz is a widely published uro-oncologist (504 peer review publications, 6 books).  His basic  research interests have included research in the role of micronutrients and diet in prostate cancer prevention, and translational research in biomarkers and imaging. His research lab has been active for 30 years, producing several patents and a biotech company.  His clinical research interests have been in the areas of active surveillance, image guided therapy, molecular biomarkers, and androgen receptor targeted therapy.   He has led numerous randomized trials in prostate cancer.
 
Active surveillance was a concept pioneered under Dr. Klotz’s leadership.  He led the team at Sunnybrook who was the first to implement an approach to patients with low risk prostate cancer based on conservative management, with selective intervention for those patients who were diagnosed as higher risk over time. He coined the term ‘active surveillance’, and was responsible for promoting its acceptance by urological and radiation oncology communities worldwide. His drive to reduce the overtreatment, morbidity, and mortality of prostate cancer has led to over a hundred papers on this subject alone and numerous national and international invitations as a guest lecturer and visiting professor. In addition to his basic and clinical research endeavors, Dr. Klotz has initiated and participated in many professional organizations and societies.  In 1994, he founded the Canadian Journal of Urology, which was the officially endorsed journal of the Canadian Urological Association from 1996 to 2004. In 2005 he founded the Canadian Urology Association Journal in conjunction with the CUA, was Editor in Chief until 2010, and currently  is the CUAJ  Editor Emeritus. He has been Associate Editor of the Journal of Urology (Prostate Cancer) since 2014.  Since 2018 he has been the Managing Editor of the International Consultations on Urologic Diseases, and in 2020 this re-invigorated initiative produced the book ‘Molecular Biomarkers in Urologic Oncology’ under his leadership. 
 
Dr. Klotz established and chaired the Canadian Urology Consortium (CURC), a clinical research network,  in 2000 and the World Urologic Oncology Federation (WUOF), which brought the world’s regional and national Uro Oncology Societies together under one umbrella in 2002.  Originally 6, there are now 20 member societies.  
     
Dr. Klotz was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2013 for meritorious public service, and the University of Toronto Department of Surgery Lister Prize for outstanding research contributions and the Society of Urologic Oncology Medal in 2014.
 
In 2015 he received Canada’s highest civilian award, the Order of Canada, and the Harold Warwick Prize from the Canadian Cancer Society for international contributions to cancer control.  The AUA presented him the Richard Williams Award for outstanding contributions in urologic oncology in 2016.  He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the University of Toronto in 2017 and the Canadian Urological Association in 2019.  He also received the Huggins medal from the SUO in 2019.

Dr. Klotz is married to Ursula, and has 2 children, Alex, a professor of physics at California State in Los Angeles, and Betsy, a recreational therapist.  He founded ‘The Void’, an all-Urology Band in which he plays piano.  He has never received any awards for his tennis or ice hockey performance, both of which he plays frequently.

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If you can’t make it on September 9th, don’t worry.  A recording of the presentation will be available on Prostate Cancer BC’s YouTube channel.


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.

Upcoming Events

Staying home? Looking for something to do? Here are a few upcoming events that may be of interest, from our friends at Prostate Cancer Network Ottawa.

April 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM by ZOOM. Our presenter is Dr. Dugald Seely, ND, M.Sc. Founder & Chief Executive Officer The Centre For Health Innovation (formerly the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre). His topic will be “Cancer Navigation – Understanding Available Resources and Choices”. 
 
You can register in advance for this meeting using the following link – https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrduCgqzIjG9UV30_9ZQwzdZNFxA7-4FW5 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Dr Seeley’s bio can be found on our website at Thursday April 15, 2021 – 7:00 PM — Prostate Cancer Network Ottawa (PCNO) (pccnottawa.ca)

April 22, 2021 at 7:00 PM by ZOOM. Annual Business Meeting. Join us to learn how PCNO did in 2020, and our plans for the future. Our speaker will be Dr. Rodney Breau, Surgical Oncologist, Assistant Professor of Urology at The University of Ottawa, and an Associate Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He attended medical school at Dalhousie University and urology residency at the University of Ottawa. He completed his Urologic Oncology and Robotic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic and received a Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research from Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvcOGopzgiHNMsLsmZUMcl5ha3rCMOgVsF After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

May 20, 2021 at 7:00 PM by ZOOM. Our 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. She is a co-founder of QueeringCancer.ca. Register in advance for this meeting at 7:00 PM Eastern Time 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.

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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)

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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.”

Prostate Cancer Research Institute Conference

We thought you might be interested in a Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) conference via ZOOM coming up on Saturday March 27, 2021 from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm EDT.

If you wish to join in, follow this link to register. https://pcri.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e61bab2d681f6500ca8a92f0e&id=7e9c86e00d&e=6bff77d3f7

From PCRI: “This is an interactive online educational event for prostate cancer patients and caregivers. For this livestream, we are welcoming Thomas Hope, MD, of the University of California San Francisco who will present on PSMA Prostate Imaging, and Celestia “Tia” Higano, MD, from the University of British Columbia will present on Hormone Therapy and its side effects. This event will also feature a two-hour Q+A session with Mark Moyad, MD, MPH and Mark Scholz, MD, answering questions from the live online audience. We look forward to seeing you there!”

“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.”

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.”

Invitation to Prostate Cancer Canada Network Ottawa Meeting

From PCCN Ottawa comes this invitation:

On March 3, 2021 at 7:00 PM Luke Lewandowski will talk to PCCNO by ZOOM on Precision Medicine

Precision medicine is the development of personalized treatments for each patient. Precision medicine has treated and cured terminal cancer cases. Hear about initiatives at Canada’s health agencies using precision medicine techniques to treat difficult diseases and patients whose disease has advanced to a terminal stage. Patients with terminal cancers – prostate, colon, breast, pancreatic – have been treated successfully using these methods.

Gene editing technologies have matured from a hit-and-miss approach to today’s precision approach. CRISPR gene editing technology is precise. CRISPR can remove, alter or replace one or more genes in the human genome, to treat or cure diseases caused by genetic disorders, such as sickle cell anemia and Huntington’s.

This presentation discusses COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, how they were discovered, how they are made, and how they work. The benefits of mRNA vaccines are compared to those of conventional vaccines.

Luke has an Honours BMath degree from the University of Waterloo. He worked in the Information Technology sector and co-founded several companies; building the first shared ATM network in Canada, offering IBM Mainframe outsourcing, developing and selling software to Fortune 500 companies.

Luke has given over a hundred presentations at conferences, to potential clients, in workshops and seminars, and on cruise ships. He enjoys speaking and continues to do so for groups, clubs, charities, and other organizations.

Please register in advance for this presentation using the following link:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtc-mrqjwpHdE7sNAphV0IiYDYCFmuXJAz

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Upcoming Events

Locked down? Looking for something to do? Here are a few upcoming events that may be of interest.

Prostate Cancer Support Peterborough
invites you to a Zoom meeting.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 07:00 PM EST

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’
Register here in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElce2trTIvE9PUbXyM6LI8_am9mruB9D8W
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Sponsored by Astellas Pharma Canada

We encourage you to attend with your spouse/partner.
For anonymous questions, forward questions ahead of time to 2451cs@gmail.com
OR
During the meeting, using ‘ZOOM chat’, questions can also come privately to the host who can read them to Dr. Holzapfel.

Please submit any questions to: 2451cs@gmail.com

Calvin Stillman, Co-chairman

Prostate Cancer Support Peterborough

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Prostate Cancer Support Hamilton has a Zoom meeting scheduled for: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:30 pm

The Speaker is:  Dr. Michael B. Greenspan, Urologist, speaking about Continence and Sexual Dysfunction.

Dr. Greenspan has spoken to the group several times, and based upon their previous response, they anticipate there will be a good turn out on the 24th. Bring your questions.

Once you register, they will send you a Zoom Invitation Link on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 to join the meeting. If you want to register, please contact; pcsgHamilton@gmail.com.

The meeting will start at 7:30 pm, February 24th, but they would appreciate if you join the Zoom meeting between 7:10 and 7:25 pm. Please mark that on your calendar.

They welcome your spouses, partners, family or care givers.

All the Very Best. Looking forward to seeing you on the 24th.

Nick Vrkljan, Darshan Upadhyay & Dave Allatt.

Prostate Cancer Support Hamilton

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Call for Female Caregivers to Join or Help with “A Forum For Her” Support Group


The Us TOO call-in caregiver support group A Forum for Her was established for the women behind the men affected by prostate cancer. Because prostate cancer is a couple’s disease, the woman is often subject to her own concerns in addition to those she shares with her partner. A Forum for Her is a regular call series which focuses on women and offers important peer-to-peer support. Ladies – your role as a caregiver for a man with prostate cancer gives you an understanding and compassion for others who navigate this journey. We hope you have found support in many ways and have developed your own self-care strategies. Out of your experiences, maybe you have seen that others are looking for ways to connect, to be listened to and really heard, understood, validated, and encouraged. If you are ready to take a role in making these connections possible, we invite you to give us some information about your situation and possible availability. Our hope at Us TOO is that this year we might grow our options for caregiver support.
Would you join our team and volunteer? Let us know! Thank you for considering making a gift of your time and compassion! To register for any of our A Forum for Her calls, or volunteer to help, email terril@ustoo.org or call 336-842-3578 . CLICK HERE for more information on A Forum for Her . Warmest regards,
Terri Likowski
Us TOO Program Director – Support Group Services
and
Kathie Houchens
Volunteer Us TOO Prostate Cancer Caregiver Support Group Leader Since 2009

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Prostate Cancer Research Institute

To learn more about prostate cancer visit http://www.pcri.org The PCRI provides resources for prostate cancer patients and caregivers looking to gain understanding, insight, and hope. Get honest answers from science based data.

PCRI also has a variety of informative videos on You Tube. Check them out at www.youtube.com/user/ThePCRI

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