Past Meetings

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

Dr. Andrew Loblaw, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre - The Future or Prostate Radiotherapy

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 - 7:00pm
Dr. Andrew Loblaw
Dr. Andrew Loblaw

Dr. Andrew Loblaw of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre will discuss The Future of Prostate Radiotherapy

As long-time members know, Dr. Loblaw is a particular favourite of our group. He is a radiation oncologist, clinician scientist and an associate professor in the departments of radiation oncology and health policy management and evaluation at the University of Toronto. He has a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Royal College's Clinician Investigator Program. His clinical practice focuses on prostate cancer.

Dr. Loblaw drops in frequently to update us on his research into innovative radiotherapy treatments and on resulting patient experiences.

His objectives this time are:

  • To review historical outcomes for external beam radiotherapy for prostate cancer
  • To understand the biology of high dose per day radiotherapy
  • To review current standards and future directions in prostate cancer treatment

You can forward your questions or suggestions for Dr. Loblaw to: info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-1812.

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 free

Breanne Yacobucci - Access to Medical Marijuana

Tuesday, 8 March 2016 - 7:00pm
Breanne Yacobucci
Breanne Yacobucci

Breanne Yacobucci is a Community Engagement Worker for Tweed Marijuana Inc. 

Tweed is a licensed marijuana producer approved by Health Canada to supply medical cannabis to individuals with a prescription. "Better by Tweed" offers locations in Hamilton, Guelph and Etobicoke that provide free information and support to anyone going through the process of accessing medical cannabis.

Breanne's role is to provide information to interested groups in Southwestern Ontario. Her presentations to PCCN Oakville/Mississauga  and PCCN Waterloo-Wellington were both very well received. The focus of these sessions was reviewing the process of accessing cannabis as an alternative (or additional) treatment to manage the symptoms of treatment or of the disease itself.

You can forward your questions or suggestions for Breanne to: info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-1812.

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 free.

Dr. Stuart Edmonds - Update on PCC Research Initiatives

Tuesday, 9 February 2016 - 7:00pm
170 Clark Drive
170 Clark Boulevard street sign
Dr. Stuart Edmonds
Dr. Stuart Edmonds

Dr. Stuart Edmonds, VP Research, Health Promotion and Survivorship at Prostate Cancer Canada will update us on PCC's current research activities.

You can forward your questions or suggestions for Dr. Edmonds to: info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-1812.

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 free.

Introduction to 170 Clark Blvd. / City of Brampton Senior Programs / Stop, Start, Continue - Status Review

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 - 7:00pm
170 Clark Drive street sign
170 Clark Drive street sign
The looong driveway north off Clark Boulevard
The looong driveway north off Clark Boulevard
Bear left at the first opportunity
Bear left at the first opportunity
Our new home
Our new home

As described at the last meeting, we are moving our monthly meetings to Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard. It is NOT easy to find, being up a lengthy driveway across from the Brampton Transit barns at 185 Clark. The sign for the property is only visible once you turn into the narrow driveway just east of the Zoom Zoom Storage yard. (The Community Centre GPS coordinates are 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

We will start the meeting with a presentation by Chris Hogg from the Recreation and Culture Division of the City Brampton. She will describe the wide variety of programs that the City offers for older adults of all ages and physical levels.  Flower City Seniors Centre is a one-stop experience that offers programming for everyone, but programs available at other locations throughout the City include drop-in billiards, fitness, walking, dominos, supper club, computer programs, arts and more. 

The balance of the meeting will be a “Stop, Start, Continue” discussion of what PCCN Brampton currently does and what we might do differently in the future to better support those affected by prostate cancer and to more efficiently increase public awareness of the disease

This could be one of the most important years in our group's history, and your input is essential!

You can forward your questions or suggestions for this meeting to: info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-1812.

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 on the north side of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Lisa Street.

(GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is free

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.

PLEASE R.S.V.P. to JIM & SANDI DORSEY @ 905-453-3038 OR EMAIL jfdorsey@yahoo.com.

You can forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca 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:

http://prostatecancer.ca/Support/Expert-Angle#.VSMl7-FwG6E

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: info@pccnbrampton.ca 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
http://prostatecancer.ca/Support/Current-Programs/A-Survivorship-Action-Partnership/About-ASAP#.VUBEwZNwG6E

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:  info@pccnbrampton.ca 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.

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