Past Meetings

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

Christmas Potluck

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - 7:00pm

This was a relaxing evening of socializing with our members. All are welcomed to our social evenings, including interested family members and friends.

Everybody shares their favourite recipe or holiday treat. There are always draws and door prizes.

On this occasion, Anne Breakey-Hart, Manager PCCN and Volunteer Engagement at Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) joined us for dinner and accepted a donation from PCCN Brampton on behalf of PCC.

Our donation came from funds raised through the hard work of our members and volunteers who organized and operated our Annual Golf Tournament, the Father’s Day Walk and Cruisin’ for a Cure. While this amount is small in comparison to the funds that come from Movember, it is money that can be directed to efforts other than research. This can aid with awareness and survivorship programs and we are sure will be put to good use by the team at PCC.

Implications of Sedentary Behaviour

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 - 7:00pm
Dr. Faulkner and Ms. Trinh
Dr. Faulkner and Ms. Trinh

Dr. Faulkner and Dr.. Trinh are with the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education at the University of Toronto. They are currently running a sedentary behaviour intervention among prostate cancer survivors, focusing on using a mobile application that will reduce sitting time while increasing physical activity. Our frequent guest speaker, Dr. Andrew Loblaw, is one of two co-investigators at Sunnybrook.

Dr. Trinh presented evidence indicating that prostate cancer patients should pursue physical activity, and Dr. Faulkner spoke about the impact of sedentary behaviour on prostate cancer survivors, and discussed their ongoing research project.

Using Viruses to Target Prostate Cancer

Tuesday, 8 October 2013 - 7:00pm
Dr. Patrick Lee, PhD
Dr. Patrick Lee, PhD

Dr. Patrick Lee, PhD

Video from 19 September 2012—"Using Viruses to Target Prostate Cancer

Dr. Lee is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Lee’s approach to the treatment of prostate cancer is evolutionary, forward-looking, and revolutionary: a focus on the reovirus, a naturally-occurring benign human virus. As Dr. Lee explains in this presentation, the reovirus is used directly to infect cancer cells and indirectly to activate the body’s immune system against cancer cells.

Paul Henshall, Morris Rambout and Jim Dorsey found Dr. Lee’s presentation to be a definite highlight of the October, 2011 PCC Conference in Halifax.

Prostate Cancer Canada Network Toronto then arranged for Dr. Lee to be their special Prostate Cancer Week Awareness Night speaker in 2012. We showed this video with the kind permission of our friends at PCCN Toronto.

In addition, Tyler Small from Movember gave a short presentation on the history of his organization and explained how they raise funds during the month of November.

Minimally Invasive Treatments

Thursday, 19 September 2013 - 7:00pm
Dr. Joseph L. Chin
Dr. Joseph L. Chin

Dr. Joseph L. Chin will discuss Minimally Invasive Treatment Modalities for Prostate Cancer: Past, Present and Future.

Dr. Chin is Professor & Chair of Surgical Oncology at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) in London Ontario, Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School and completed Urology training at UWO. He received Fellowship training in Urologic Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in the United States and Transplantation Immunology at UWO before starting his clinical practice in Urologic Oncology at the University of Western Ontario. His laboratory and clinical research interests are in prostate cancer management, including minimally invasive and alternative forms of management and advanced imaging techniques. He has been a Canadian leader in robotic prostatectomy, cryosurgery and HIFU therapy.

The choice of management for prostate cancer depends on patient factors (age, general health) and tumour factors (how extensive it is and how fast it is capable of growing and spreading). Aside from the standard options of surgery, radiation, hormone therapy and "active surveillance" for different patients in different situations, various modalities have emerged, including cryotherapy, high intensity focused ultrasound, brachytherapy, interstitial laser, etc.. Dr. Chin will review these treatments and explore future possibilities.

Pot Luck Supper

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 - 7:00pm

An evening of Caring, Information, Food, Fun, Laughter, Sharing and more!

Don't forget to bring along your favourite recipe for the Pot Luck!

Jim Dorsey will bring along a short video presentation of our events of the last year.

Rocco Rossi, New President of PCC

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 - 7:00pm

Rocco Rossi, the dynamic new President and CEO of Prostate Cancer Canada, will be our special guest. He will introduce himself and describe the future that he foresees for the Prostate Cancer Canada Network, our national affiliation of support groups.

PCC has just obtained a provincial lottery license and all the PCCN chapters will be able to sell raffle tickets for a very special Camaro automobile worth $80,000. The vehicle was donated by the good folks at the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association.

Rocco will update us on that new opportunity to increase public awareness. Hopefully he will also be at liberty to tell us about some interesting extensions to our very own Cruisin' for a Cure Canada.

Personal Experiences Night

Tuesday, 9 April 2013 - 7:00pm

Share YOUR Prostate Cancer Journey

Both men and their supporters are cordially invited to speak on this special evening. Please contact Jim or Sandi @ 905-453-3038 or email to be added to the program.

Paul Henshall has already signed up two men to speak and he describes their situations below.

Sandy Gray was my Superintendent of Schools when I was a VP in Bramalea. He elected brachytherapy as his treatment. Recently, an aggressive tumor was detected and he sought our advice and chose to join us due to the quality of the counseling he received. Recently, Sandy had "salvage" surgery performed at Sunnybrook by Dr. Nam. He will discuss his latest journey.

Barry Batanoff was the Assistant Head for Chemistry in the Science department when I taught in at the Woodlands in Mississauga. Barry and I met, after numerous years, at a funeral for a colleague who died of pancreatic cancer after surviving leukemia. After his prostatectomy, Barry suffered through a number of years with incontinence. When we invited Dr. Casey to tell us about his new implant solution to incontinence, I invited Barry to join us for the presentation. BTW, our department head, Ross, also had prostate cancer. So 4 of 10 have been diagnosed, a skewed headcount.

Men's Health and Wellness

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 - 7:00pm

Dr. Vincent Sinclair, DC

This presentation will focus on the prevention of the most prevalent men's health issues as identified by the Mayo Clinic.

Topics will include cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, prostatitis, BPH, impotence, erectile dysfunction, male pattern baldness and depression.

The common thread relevant to these disorders will also be discussed.

Personalized Treatment Based on DNA

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 - 7:00pm

Dr. Bristow is a Radiation Oncologist at Princess Margaret Hospital, among many other involvements. His presentations to our group over the years have always been outstanding. This time, he will speak to recent improvements in the ability to create individual gene signatures that reflect the relative aggressiveness of cancer promise to allow more personalized approaches to treatment for patients.

In 2012, Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) honoured Dr. Bristow as a national hero for his contributions to prostate cancer research and awareness. He was awarded the John Ferguson Memorial Award for prostate cancer at the Toronto Wake Up Call Breakfast event on April 4. As the official PCC press release stated, “The John Ferguson Memorial Award is given to an individual who best exemplifies John Ferguson’s qualities of courage, determination and integrity, and whose outstanding impact in the fight against this disease is an inspiration to others.“ His research programs and clinical trials are endeavouring to find the best therapy for men with prostate cancer.

“He is internationally respected for his achievements, and universally respected for his compassion, vision and strength of character. Dr. Bristow is a committed volunteer, who was an important member of the PCC Board of Directors and Scientific Medical Advisory Committee. From being the leader and driving force behind the international ICGC-CPC Gene Project, to speaking at virtually any event we ask him to attend, to working long hours with a passion that is a marvel to witness. Dr. Bristow is a most deserving choice to receive PCC’s most prestigious award.”

We are honoured that he has accepted our invitation to appear at our February meeting.

Percy’s Story

Tuesday, 8 January 2013 - 7:00pm

We are fortunate that Percy and his caregiver Heather are available on January 8th to tell us about Percy’s journey from apparent good health to his shocking diagnosis with Stage 4 prostate cancer through two years of treatment and a successful battle to have Zytiga approved for payment by OHIP.

Percy has been on Zytiga since November and the results have been nothing short of spectacular as Heather recently reported: I can tell you that the drug (first hand knowledge) is unbelievable. Percy has had no side waits in the chemo pain....just a continued feeling of well being. It is almost criminal to think that men had to wait 15 months....suffer for 15 months....some died in the 15 months....while Ontario, oblivious to pain and suffering, put off/ignored/failed/disregarded funding approval.

Lesson to all: Fight for what you believe in and don't accept Government ignorance and indecision! Make them listen! Make noise! Make them accountable!

Theirs is a unique, inspiring story that shows what ordinary people can accomplish when they decide to take on an indifferent bureaucracy.

Please don’t miss this opportunity to meet Percy and Heather!