Past Meetings

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

Annual Christmas Social Evening

Tuesday, 8 December 2015 - 7:00pm

R.S.V.P. Required!!

This is our annual Christmas Social Evening, with no scheduled speaker.  However, in a major change from previous years, we will NOT make this a potluck dinner. Instead, the Steering Committee has decided to bring in Chinese specialties from the Mandarin Restaurant.

We will be reviewing the past year’s activities and describing our plans for the coming year. 2016 will see some major changes to meeting location and content.  Your inputs are requested and can be discussed on December 8th.

To ensure that we have the appropriate amount of food available, please let us know whether or not you plan to attend. If there are any dishes from the Mandarin that you would like to see included, please advise us.


You can forward your questions or suggestions to: or telephone 905-458-1812.

We look forward to seeing you in Room #2, upstairs at The Terry Miller Recreation Center,

1295 Williams Parkway, at the southwest corner of Williams Parkway & Bramalea Road.

Parking as always is free.

Dr. Jordan Robertson - Complimentary Naturopathic Treatments for Prostate Cancer Patients

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - 7:00pm

With a background in medical research and evidence based medicine, Dr. Jordan Robertson, Naturopath and Acupuncturist,has developed a unique Health Centre in Burlington, focused on natural and effective treatments for your health concerns.

Dr. Robertson introduced us to the field of Naturopathic Medicine and its approach to better health. This approach, as she described it, is meant to be complimentary to the standard treatments for Prostate Cancer rather than an alternative. Research into integrative oncology is currently exploding with the end goal being to deliver the best possible care to the patient.

Many conventional treatments, while effective in treating the disease, have significant side effects that can affect the overall health and quality of life of the person being treated. If you can correctly treat the patient to reduce these side effects then the overall prognosis for the patient is improved. Exercise, weight training in particular, can help to offset these side effects and improve recovery and general well being. Some supplements, like Vitamin D and Turmeric may also have positive benefits, when provided in the correct dosages.

Side effects from chemotherapy and radiation can often include diarrhea, weight loss, mucositis, cognitive decline, neuropathy and fatigue. ADT Hormone therapy can result in hot flashes, loss of libido, muscle loss, bone loss, fatigue, anemia and excessive weight loss as well. These can both be significantly reduced with exercise and effective nutritional support. A Naturopath will typically do a variety of blood tests to determine what the effects of your therapy are having on you. Anemia, for example, causes a reduction in the oxygen level of the blood. This in turn causes cancer cells to grow more blood vessels and this can lead to possible metastasis. In this case, treatment with lactoferrin can provide relief while avoiding the potential inflammation that conventional iron supplements can cause.

Another test that they focus on is the Neutrophil to Lymphocyte Ratio. Modifying this ratio with appropriate supplements may improve PCa survival times in advanced cases. Naturopathic doctors will often recommend the Ornish diet with reduced meat, dairy and alcohol consumption. If you do eat meat, it is the charring of red meat in particular that creates chemicals that increase the risk of prostate and other cancers, so baking is preferable to barbequing or frying since it reduces the levels of these chemicals.

Some of the items Dr Robertson often recommends to her patients include green tea, lycopenes, flax seed, Soy, Probiotics, Vitamin D, Curcumin, Magnolia Extract, Pomegranate, Fish Oil & Zyflamend. These foods and supplements, with proper guidance, all provide elements that may help the immune system to better fight cancer and other diseases as well.

Dr. Andrew Loblaw - Expert Angle Webinar re PSA Testing Controversy

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 - 7:00pm

We were without an official speaker this month but had a number of alternative presentations to help keep things interesting:

First we had a brief review of the latest Cruisin’ for a Cure Canada event that was held on Sunday, September 13th and was still successful in spite of the unfavourable weather, which brought everything except snow to the Powerade Centre.

After that we viewed a Webinar Presentation by Dr. Andrew Loblaw, detailing his response to the PSA testing controversy. There are pros and cons to PSA testing and this webinar provided some insights into the ongoing debate.

Dr Loblaw reviewed the criteria for the studies that were meant to measure differences in long term mortality risk for men who did have PSA tests vs those who did not. The main thrust of the study was that there were no significant differences but this was muddied by the fact that some men in the not tested group had their PSA tested and some in the tested group did not.

On the plus side, PSA testing can catch aggressive Prostate Cancer in its earliest stages. PSA alone cannot determine the relative aggressiveness of the disease, but in combination with a digital rectal exam and a biopsy, it can identify serious forms of the cancer. This can lead to successful treatment and a very high cure rate if caught early enough.

On the negative side, it most often catches non aggressive forms of the disease and can lead to over treatment. It is estimated that 65 - 70% of non aggressive forms of prostate cancer will never need treatment. With changes in diet and exercise it is quite possible that this number could be a lot higher. Prostate Cancer also grows slowly in most men so Active Surveillance is generally recommended for men with non aggressive or indolent disease.

Providing we educate men to let them know that this is the case, at least they are aware of potential problems down the road. It is something that can be monitored and treated if it should require it at a later time. Fear is the principal reason that men tend to overreact and seek treatment where none may be necessary so we need to educate as well as advocate for PSA testing until a better test is available to detect potentially dangerous cancers.

As these studies are further discussed in the medical community there may be new criteria developed to let men know when and if they should be concerned, but for now it is important to let them know that treatment is not always necessary at least for non aggressive cancers.

More expert angle webinars can be found on the Prostate Cancer Canada website:

Dr. Richard Casey - Practical Thoughts on Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

Tuesday, 8 September 2015 - 7:00pm
Dr. Richard Casey on the left, courtesy of The Globe and Mail.

One of our perennial favourite speakers, Dr. Richard Casey, will be addressing our meeting on a subject near and dear to the heart of every person affected by prostate cancer: “Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer.”

Every year, every man with prostate cancer has his annual PSA test, then waits to meet with his urologist or oncologist to get the results. Every one of us lives in dread of hearing that our enemy has come roaring back with a vengeance.

As anybody who has attended previous meetings featuring Dr. Casey might expect, his presentation will NOT be a digest of scholarly articles and slide after slide of statistics. Instead he will focus on ways that we men can be proactive and try to improve the odds of continuing to receive that hoped-for “all clear” signal from our specialists every year.

Attempting to summarize Dr. Casey’s accomplishments is frustrating, as his Curriculum Vitae listing his qualifications and involvements is seventeen pages long.

Among other things, Dr. Casey:

•holds a B.Sc. in Computing Science and an M.D., both from The University of Western Ontario in London.

• received his post-graduate training at the University of Texas in Dallas (endocrinology) and at the University of Toronto (urology).

• serves as Editor for both the Journal of the Canadian Urology Association and the Canadian Journal of Urology.

• is CEO of CMX Research Inc., a Director of The Male Health Sciences Centres, the Chief Doctor and a Surgeon in the Department of Urology at Halton Healthcare, all in Oakville, and provides on-call coverage to many other regional hospitals.

• has a wicked sense of humour.

You can forward your questions or suggestions for Dr. Casey to: or telephone 905-458-1812.

We look forward to seeing you in Room #2, upstairs at The Terry Miller Recreation Center, 1295 Williams Parkway, at the southwest corner of Williams Parkway & Bramalea Road.

Parking as always is free.

MOvember, Prostate Cancer Canada and Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association - True NTH update & Advance Care Planning

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 - 7:00pm

Tyler Small of the MOvember Foundation and Maureen Rowlands, Director, Health Promotion & Survivorship at Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) will update us on the status of the innovative True NTH initiative and its component projects and MOvember’s role in the funding.

The PCC website states that “True NTH will provide information and resources on a variety of topics, such as physical, mental and spiritual well-being, to help improve the lives of prostate cancer survivors and their partners, caregivers and family members across Canada.

The "Advance Care Planning” project is one of the first of the True NTH components to be released to the public and is a collaboration between the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and PCC

Following Tyler & Maureen’s presentation Anna Johann and Nanci Corrigan, who are coming from Ottawa courtesy of CHPCA, will deliver a workshop entitled "Advance Care Planning: Support for Men with Prostate Cancer, their Partners, Families and Caregivers".

This workshop will explain:

  • What advance care planning is.
  • Why it is important for people diagnosed with prostate cancer. 
  • About the process of advance care planning.
  • About the resources available to help with advance care planning.

This promises to be a very interesting evening, focused on the needs of prostate cancer survivors and our supporters rather than on medical advances and research into causes and treatments.  

You can forward your questions or suggestions to: or telephone 905-458-1812.

We look forward to seeing you in Room #2, upstairs at The Terry Miller Recreation Center,

1295 Williams Parkway, at the southwest corner of Williams Parkway & Bramalea Road.

Parking as always is free.

Alison Pryce - Introduction to Mental Health (MH) and Mental Illness (MI)

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 7:00pm
Alison Pryce
Alison Pryce

Alison Pryce of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Peel Branch (CMHA Peel) will provide us with an Introduction to Mental Health (MH) and Mental Illness (MI).

Alison’s presentation will:

  • Deal with MH / MI in general rather than dealing with specific illnesses. 
  • Provide statistics to illustrate how prevalent these issues can be.
  • Discuss how MH issues could have an impact within your family.
  • Discuss some signs and indicators to look out for.
  • Explore some of the contributing factors for MH and MI.
  • Wrap up with things that you can do to do to help yourself and others.

She will bring some guides to resources that are available in Peel Region including places in the community that individuals may turn to.

Alison Pryce has worked for the CMHA Peel branch for the past 7 years. Her background is in Social Service Work, Mental Health Promotion and Youth Education. She enjoys speaking to a variety of audiences and is proud to help decrease the stigma associated with mental illness.

For over 50 years, the Canadian Mental Health Association – Peel Branch (CMHA Peel) has provided services for people with mental illness and for educating Peel residents about mental health issues. They are innovative partners in strengthening individual support and developing a responsive mental health system. CMHA Peel champions good mental health for everyone and supports the full participation of those with mental illness and addictions in the life of the community. 

Alison recently spoke at a Men's Health Symposium sponsored by The Walnut Foundation -

Dr. Ewa Szumacher - Adjuvant and Salvage Radiotherapy after Prostatectomy

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 - 7:00pm
Dr. Ewa Szumacher
Dr. Ewa Szumacher

Dr. Ewa Szumacher, MD, MEd, FRCP(C) is an affiliate scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an associate of Dr. Andrew Loblaw.

Dr. Szumacher advises, "My research interest is in medical education particularly in how patients communicate with their health care providers .We are developing web-based materials for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer regarding radiotherapy after prostatectomy . The content was validated among sample of patients and their healthcare providers and it is now in portal developmental stage. The project is supported by our GU site group."

Extracts from the Sunnybrook Research Institute website:
Appointments and Affiliations:
Affiliate scientist, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Odette Cancer Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
Associate professor, department of radiation oncology, U of T
Academic-coordinator, medical radiation sciences program, department of radiation oncology, U of T

Research Foci:
Genitourinary malignancies
Medical education
Needs assessment of patients, health care providers and trainees in radiotherapy practice
Enhancing patients and health care providers' decisional preferences for radiotherapy treatment
Developing an inter-professional learning environment and creating modalities for continuing professional education in radiation oncology

Research Summary:
The focus of Dr. Szumacher's research is to understand the needs and preferences of cancer patients in radiation oncology practice. This includes:
understanding patient preferences in the treatment of bone metastases with palliative radiotherapy (RT)
understanding needs of older patients with early breast cancer while undergoing adjuvant RT
developing a patient decision aid for adjuvant RT for older women with early breast cancer
understanding the needs of prostate cancer patients treated with radical prostatectomy who require adjuvant and salvage RT.

Dr. Szumacher aims to improve the care of cancer patients by working together as an inter-professional team in radiation oncology practice. This is achieved by:
fostering an interprofessional practice in radiation oncology through continuing medical education (CME), scholarly work and research
understanding the needs of health care providers in cancer care and enhancing RT services and treatment in underserviced areas
developing and assessing the effectiveness of an educational intervention on the congruence of prostate and rectal contouring as compared to a gold standard in planning for three-dimensional RT for prostate cancer
developing an interprofessional learning environment and creating modalities for continuing professional education in radiation therapy by organizing interprofessional CME events
investigating interprofessional needs of cancer care providers and trainees.

Dr. Michael Greenspan - Incontinence and Erectile Dysfunction as Related to Prostate Cancer Treatments

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 - 7:00pm

Dr. Michael Greenspan is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Urology at McMaster University and a well-known speaker in Southern Ontario.

We are honoured that Dr. Greenspan has agreed to step in at such short notice to address our group.

Dr. Greenspan’s background is both impressive and varied. He:
- graduated from University of Toronto in 1974, obtained a Urology fellowship in Nov 1979 and has been in practice at Hamilton General since 1980.
- serves as a consultant/ advisor/ speaker for Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Astellas, Ferring, Abbott and American Medical Systems.
- was awarded a Cornerstone Award in 1999 by Hamilton Civic Hospitals for outstanding contributions to the hospitals and to his community.
- received the John Sibley Award in 2013, given by the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster for outstanding teaching contributions to medical students, residents, and community physicians nationwide.
- works as a kidney retrieval surgeon for Trillium Gift of Life (South-Central Ontario) and has performed more than 600 retrievals.
- is a Charter Member of the Ontario Doctor’s Hockey Hall of Fame.

You can forward your questions or suggestions to: or telephone 905-458-1812.

We look forward to seeing you in Room #2, upstairs at
The Terry Miller Recreation Center,
1295 Williams Parkway, at the southwest corner of Williams Parkway & Bramalea Road.

Darren Au - Update on Exercise and Prostate Cancer

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 - 7:00pm

Darren Au is a Certified Exercise Physiologist and Registered Kinesiologist. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Guelph in Human Kinetics and post-graduate certificate in Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management at Humber College. Currently, he is a graduate student at the University of Guelph under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Santa Mina, who has spoken to us several times in the past.

Darren’s research interests lie in the evaluation of two novel approaches to pelvic floor training (Pfilates and Hypopressives) for the recovery of urinary incontinence for men undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. Darren is a strong advocate for cancer and exercise, with a primary goal of maintaining and improving physical fitness and function before, during, and after treatment.

His experience in clinical and research practice at the Princess Margaret Hospital includes extensive fitness testing, exercise prescription, and training for cancer survivors.

Darren will update us on current research into the role of fitness during treatment and recovery from PCa. The topic of exercise seems quite appropriate in January, when many of us are recovering from over-indulgence and making resolutions to get fitter in 2015.

He will also describe two exercise-based studies that are currently recruiting participants from support groups in the GTA, including PCCN Brampton:

Study 1: will examine the role of personal training vs. group training vs. home-based training delivery strategies for men with PCa undergoing Androgen Deprivation Therapy.

Study 2: will examine the role of a novel new approach to pelvic floor strengthening vs. conventional kegel exercises for men with PCa following radical prostatectomy.

You can also forward your questions or suggestions to: or telephone 905-458-1812.

We look forward to seeing you in Room #2, upstairs at
The Terry Miller Recreation Center,
1295 Williams Parkway, at the southwest corner of Williams Parkway & Bramalea Road.

Parking as always is free.