News and Upcoming Presentations – January/February 2022

No Support Group Meeting In February

A message from Garry:

Now that the holiday season is behind us, the Prostate Cancer Support Windsor/Essex Steering Committee would like to update you on our upcoming program and some of the initiatives that we are progressing with this year.

Christmas Party & Spring BBQ – We would like to thank those who came to the Christmas Party at the Legion Branch 594 in December.  It turned out to be an excellent event, with music provided by Joe Perry, and the venue worked out very well. We are currently contemplating a spring barbeque; if you have any thoughts or suggestions, such as where, please let us know.

February Meeting Canceled – Unfortunately, COVID restrictions prevent us from having an in-person meeting in February.  The Hospice will remain closed and many potential speakers are only able to present using ZOOM.  To date, ZOOM meetings have not been popular with our membership, so we will cross our fingers and wait ’til March for our next meeting.

March Meeting – For the March meeting, we are planning to have a women-only session in addition to a speaker.  Therefore please invite your significant others.  If you have any ideas for our March meeting, please let us know.

Community Awareness Brochures – We have been actively networking with the Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) and the Windsor Cancer Centre (WCC) Foundation.  The WRH has printed and delivered our new brochures internally and the WCC paid to print brochures for us. It is our plan to have these delivered to local urologists’ offices and available for community events.

Community Awareness Events Booth – It is our long-term plan to man an awareness booth at company health fairs, hockey games and other events.  In preparation, we are planning to have a professionally made banner stand and other associated “marketing” material.  Again, we would welcome any ideas; we also ask that you solicit potential donors to help fund these “marketing” aids.  In the future, we will be asking for volunteers to man the booth.

Financial Manager – We are currently looking for a financial manager to relieve some workload off current steering committee members.  If you are interested, please let us know.

The steering committee has been working hard in the background to meet our mission and goals; we really do rely on ideas and feedback from the membership.  Please do not hesitate to get involved.  We look forward to an exciting year!


Upcoming Presentations

Don’t miss these upcoming virtual support group meetings and presentations! 
Register now at the links below. 

Tuesday, January 25th – 2:00 pm Eastern (11:00 am Pacific) We’re very pleased to have Dr. Kishor Wasan return with Dr. Michael Cox to provide us with an update on their research for a treatment for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (MCRPC). Their presentation is titled, ‘SR-BI: An essential component of steroidogenesis in castration-resistant prostate cancer: An update.’

For more information on Dr. Wasan and Dr. Cox, or to RSVP for this meeting, click on the Register Now button below.  
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Partners in Prostate Support Group
Wednesday, January 26th 6:00 pm Pacific (9:00 pm Eastern) 
Calling all support people! Please join us at our partners only support group. 

This group is a safe space for partners regardless of sex, gender, or relationship to patient, to share their experiences and hear from others who have navigated this journey too.

Learn more about helping your partner navigate side effects of treatment, improving quality of life for you and your partner, or just sit back and listen, feeling better knowing that you’re not in this alone.

Can’t make it to the meeting? Check out the Partners in Prostate forum and info website for 24/7 support.
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Prostate Cancer Support Toronto January Awareness Night
Wednesday, January 26th 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific)
This month’s awareness night will feature a special presentation on “PROSTATE RADIOTHERAPY: the present and future of high precision treatment” with Dr. Danny Vesprini, B.Sc, M.Sc, MD, FRCPC.

For more on Dr. Vesprini and his incredible work, click on the Register Now button below.
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Prostate Cancer Research, Education and Treatment Across Two Sides of the Border
Tuesday, February 1st  10:00 pm Eastern (7:00 pm Pacific)
We are very excited to have Dr. Celestia Higano speaking to us on the topic of Prostate Cancer Research, Education and Treatment Across Two Sides of the Border.
Dr. Higano is an internationally renowned expert and clinical researcher focusing on prostate cancer. She has been the Medical Director of the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program at the Vancouver Prostate Centre since 2013.

For more on Dr. Higano, please click on the Register Now button below.
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Nationwide Active Surveillance Support Group
Thursday, February 10th 7:30 pm Eastern (4:30 pm Pacific)
Looking to learn more about active surveillance for you or someone you care about?

Active surveillance is a method of closely monitoring your prostate cancer for growth with your healthcare team before opting for a more invasive treatment like surgery or radiation.

Some men stay on active surveillance for decades with no need to progress to further treatment, while others are able to use active surveillance to safely delay significant impacts to their quality of life for several years. 
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