Past Meetings

Have a look at some of the presentations made at our past meetings, where available...

Dr. Andrew Loblaw, "The Promise of Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR) for Primary and Metastatic Prostate Cancer.”

Tuesday, 8 May 2018 - 7:00pm

Dr. Loblaw's presentation will

  • review evidence supporting use of MRI-guided SABR for primary and metastatic prostate cancer
  • discuss optimal patient selection factors for SABR
  • discuss dosimetric predictors of SABR outcomes
  • review current and future clinical trials of SABR

We tend to take for granted that everybody knows Dr. Loblaw well, but for those unfamiliar with him, his updated biography follows:

Dr. Loblaw is a Radiation Oncologist, Clinician Scientist, and dual Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Institute of Health Policy Management & Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of British Columbia and his Doctor of Medicine from Queen’s University.  He completed his specialty training in Radiation Oncology concurrent with a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology to graduate from Royal College’s Clinician Investigator Program all at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Loblaw’s clinical practice and research interest focus on improving outcomes for men with prostate cancer and the healthcare system. He has a particularly interest in the design and conduct of clinical trials, the generation and dissemination of evidence-based guidelines and in image-guided radiotherapy.

Dr. Loblaw is an Ontario Association of Radiation Oncology Clinician Scientist and a Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute. A Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO), he was previous Co-Chair of the ASCO’s Genitourinary Advisory Group and remains Co-Chair of the GU group for Cancer Care Ontario’s Program in Evidence-Based Care. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers and has been awarded grant funding of over $35M. 

Forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or call 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, ON L6T 4G6.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs.

Dr. Rupi Mitha, “A Natural Approach to Men’s Health”

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 - 7:00pm

Dr. Rupi Mitha is a Registered Naturopathic Doctor in the City of Brampton.  During this talk, she will speak of the role of Naturopathic Medicine in all aspects of Men’s Health.  She enjoys educating and answering questions and she hopes that the night will leave our members with a better trust and understanding of Naturopathic Medicine.

In addition to running her own practice in Northeast Brampton, she is a faculty member at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and supervises interns at the Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic that operates at the Brampton Civic Hospital

Dr. Mitha advises that “The Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic provides an opportunity for 4th year students at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine to experience seeing real patients in a hospital setting.  It is the only project of its kind in North America and thanks to the cooperation of the William Osler group and Provincial health grants, the clinic is provided free of charge to those patients willing to travel to the Brampton Civic Hospital.  The clinic runs Tuesday through Friday from 4-8 pm. I have been a clinical supervisor since its inception in 2013.”

She can be contacted at:

Dr. Rupi Mitha ND
In GoodHands Wellness
905-453-5858
www.ingoodhandswellness.com

Forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or call 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, ON L6T 4G6.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs.

Alex Smith, "Wellspring Cancer Support Centres Background and Programs Offered at Wellspring Chinguacousy"

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 - 7:00pm

Our guest speaker is Alex Smith, who has been the Centre Manager at Wellspring Chinguacousy Cancer Support Centre for the past four years.

We consider Wellspring Chinguacousy to be one of the most valuable community resources available to both cancer patients and their caregivers.  Our long-time member Bob Vandrish has been a Peer Counselor there almost since the Centre opened, but sadly, he very seldom gets to talk to a man with prostate cancer.

There are many programs offered, many of which could benefit men whether they have been newly diagnosed or have a lot of experience dealing with our common foe.  All Wellspring programs are offered free of charge.

Alex has kindly written his own introduction:

“My presentation will consist of a brief history of wellspring Canada, our infrastructure, insight into the types of supports and programming we can offer, a focus on the Cancer Exercise program and then any Q and A that may arise.  It is a fairly informal talk.  I will have brochures and program guides available to anyone that would like them.

“Wellspring provides supportive care programs and services, at no charge, to help men, women and children living with cancer, and those who love them, overcome the many practical, emotional, physical and informational challenges that follow a cancer diagnosis.”

Forward your questions or suggestions to: info@pccnbrampton.ca or call 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, ON L6T 4G6. The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs.

February Monthly Meeting - Sharing Meeting

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 - 7:00pm

This will be our annual Sharing Meeting. All in attendance will have the chance to share their own current status and to find out how other members are doing. These meetings are always very informative and give us the opportunity to support our fellow members and to be supported in our turn. Please consider coming out and sharing with the group.

We will also be discussing our proposed new meeting format, which will hopefully increase member discussions and interactions and satisfaction. Support will be emphasized over redundant education.

Forward your questions or suggestions to: info@pccnbrampton.ca or call 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, ON L6T 4G6. The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs.

Annual Christmas Social Evening

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 - 7:00pm

This is our annual Christmas Social Evening, with no scheduled speaker. It will be a relaxed evening of visiting with members new and old and catching up. Sadly, our regular Christmas guest, Anne Breakey Hart of Prostate Cancer Canada, will not be available to attend the meeting this year due to major changes to PCC’s structure and executive.  She will instead come to our January meeting to formally accept our annual donation.

We will be reviewing 2017’s activities and describing our plans for the coming year. Hopefully, we will implement some major new programs in 2018. As always, your opinions and inputs are welcome.

The Steering Committee has again voted to bring in Chinese specialties from Mandarin Restaurant rather than holding a Potluck.  This has been very well-received for the past two years.

As we requested last year:

  • ALL members and guests MUST RSVP so that we can order enough food.
  • We are continuing to request a token charge of $5 per person to help defray the cost. 

Please keep in mind that while the Mandarin is noted for its buffet, what you will see on the serving tables is what we have for all to share. There will be no courteous staff restocking empty containers.  Last year, everything seemed to work out fine and nobody went away hungry.

PLEASE R.S.V.P. to GARY FOOTE @ 905-458-6650 OR EMAIL visact@rogers.com

Regardless, please have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy 2018!

Forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or call 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, ON L6T 4G6.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs to be navigated.

Dr. David Palma, “Five Steps Toward Getting Top-Notch Treatment for Prostate Cancer.”

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 7:00pm
Dr. David Palma, London Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Palma is a radiation oncologist and cancer researcher at the London Health Sciences Centre and the author of the bestselling book Taking Charge of Cancer: What You Need to Know to Get the Best Treatment. The book was inspired by his best friend’s diagnosis of colon cancer. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to London Health Sciences Centre for cancer research.

He also runs the interesting patient website www.qualitycancertreatment.com.

In this talk, Dr. Palma will discuss the importance of obtaining high-quality cancer care and provide practical steps that patients with prostate cancer can take to ensure that they are getting good care, before, during, and after treatment.

Forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or call 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, ON L6T 4G6.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs to be navigated.

Dr. Joelle Helou, MD, MSc - Quality of life following prostate cancer radiotherapy

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 - 7:00pm
Dr. Joelle Helou

Dr. Joelle Helou, MD, MSc, is a Radiation Oncologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Helou will cover Quality of life following prostate cancer radiotherapy in the era of new radiation techniques”.

She plans to compare a man’s quality of life after

  • brachytherapy
  • SBRT (stereotactic body radiotherapy) and
  • a combination of brachytherapy and SBRT.

Dr. Helou will deal with techniques that are offered either as current standards or as part of clinical trials. Many technical developments that seem promising have occurred since most of us underwent our radiation treatments. It will be interesting to catch up on these changes.

You can forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, ON L6T 4G6.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs to be navigated.

Maureen Rowlands - Update on PCC's health promotion and survivorship information and services

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - 7:00pm
Maureen Rowlands

Maureen Rowlands, who is the Director of Support Services at Prostate Cancer Canada, will provide an updated overview of the health promotion and survivorship information and services provided through PCC.

Maureen has presented to PCCN Brampton in the past and always provides us with useful information. Her presentation this time will cover a broad range of areas including:

  • Health information content and resources
  • The Prostate Cancer Information Service
  • The TrueNTH survivorship initiatives
  • Physician/Health Care Professional Education and Engagement

We have mentioned the exciting True Nth program in the past. As described on the Prostate Cancer Canada website:

TrueNTH is a global plan to improve prostate cancer care. Clinicians, researchers, patients and organizations around the world are working together to identify, trial and implement new ways of significantly improving the lives of men - and their partners and family members - living with prostate cancer.

TrueNTH is about making positive changes for men with prostate cancer. It aims to address the needs of men along all points of their cancer journey, helping them to achieve a good quality of life and to feel knowledgeable and confident about managing their disease.

In Canada, the work was awarded by Prostate Cancer Canada and is proudly funded by the Movember Foundation.

The Canadian organizations involved in TrueNTH include Cancer Care Ontario, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and London Health Sciences Research Centre in Ontario and similar high-quality organizations all across Canada.

More information is available at https://truenth.ca .

You can forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, ON L6T 4G6.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs to be navigated.

Annual End-of-Year Social Evening

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 - 7:00pm

This is our annual the End of the Year Potluck and Social Evening.  Please bring your favourite recipe and a good appetite. Our members always put on a great spread for this evening; no one goes away hungry.

Prostate Cancer Canada continues to develop its annual Wear Plaid for Dad campaign. It's a simple way to raise funds for PCC’s research, awareness and support programs and to get people talking about prostate cancer.

This initiative is being supported by a number of celebrity Ambassadors, ranging from sports icon Don Cherry to noted Canadian actor Eric McCormack to comedian Dave Thomas to auto racer James Hinchcliffe. Check out the posts to the PCC Facebook page.

PCC has again partnered with Hudson’s Bay stores to sell plaid shirts for less than $40 each. $20 from each purchase goes to PCC.

So once again, let’s all wear plaid – the wilder the better – to the June Potluck and Social Evening so that we can take another group photo to submit to PCC.

You can forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at our [relatively] NEW meeting location, Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, Ontario.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs to be navigated.

"Stop, Start, Continue" Meeting.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017 - 7:00pm

Our planned presentation on the TrueNTH Canada program had to be cancelled as the representatives from Prostate Cancer Canada could not attend. That session will be rescheduled for the Fall of 2017.

We have decided to conduct another "Stop, Start, Continue" meeting to assess the current state of our group's operations and to decide what we are doing now that we should stop, identify new things that we should start doing and decide which of our current activities should continue. We have done this in the past and it has been a valuable exercise.

At this stage in our group's history, we are faced with declining membership and increasing calls on the resources that we do have. Your suggestions will be most welcome.

You can forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at our NEW meeting location, Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, Ontario.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs to be navigated.

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