Past Meetings

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

PCC Research Programs

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 7:00pm
Dr. Stuart Edmonds
Dr. Stuart Edmonds

Dr. Stuart Edmonds, Vice President, Research, Health Promotion and Survivorship at Prostate Cancer Canada will discuss the many innovative research programs being sponsored by PCC.

Dr. Stuart Edmonds joined Prostate Cancer Canada in February, 2011. During his time at the organization he has spearheaded the launch of the Research Strategic Plan, providing the direction for research and survivorship activities for 2012-2015. From this plan, PCC has launched numerous new research programs based on the key pillars: Collaboration, Innovation and Talented People. Dr. Edmonds has also instituted a fair and transparent peer review process to steward and safeguard funds raised in support of prostate cancer research and to ensure that only the most promising, high quality research is funded.

Prior to joining PCC Dr. Edmonds held leadership roles at the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance and the National Cancer Institute of Canada. Stuart holds a doctorate in pharmacology from Oxford University.

The venue for our meetings is:
Terry Miller Recreation Centre
1295 Williams Parkway, Room #2 (Upstairs - there is an elevator)
Brampton, Ontario.
Parking is free.

Please forward your questions or suggestions for Dr. Edmonds to:

PCC Survivorship Programs

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - 7:00pm

Maureen Rowlands, the Director of Support Services at Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) did a wonderful job, first describing the support and awareness activities currently offered by PCC and then offering a confidential overview of a number of exciting new programs that will be undertaken nationally once all the required agreements are in place.

Maureen started by explaining that all programs undertaken by PCC must make sense to all affected parties (patients, family and friends), must be accessible, must be easy to navigate, must take a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach, must stress healthy living and self-management and must encourage both physical and psychosocial wellness. Finally, a continuous process of evaluation and improvement is followed.

She spoke about current and future brochures and videos in both English and French and then answered questions about the new Prostate Cancer Information Service (PCIS) and the Expert Angle Webinars described elsewhere in this newsletter.

Maureen assured us that during the coming year, regional training programs will be offered to train PCCN members to provide peer to peer counseling for both patients and caregivers. Those who took the first training in Halifax in 2012 will be retrained.

Then she got into the exciting part, after swearing us to secrecy. However, we found that the Current Programs section under Support on the PCC website,, offers some teasers about “A Survivorship Action Partnership” (ASAP):

ASAP 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.

For ASAP, a survivor is any individual with a diagnosis of cancer through to the end of life. This includes the needs of the partner, family and caregivers throughout the cancer journey and after death.

Traditionally, survivorship care focuses on the post-treatment phase of the cancer journey; however, all phases of the cancer journey need to be addressed in order to effectively treat the ‘whole patient’.

Receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer may not be easy for everyone to manage. We hope that ASAP’s comprehensive solutions will ease the burden faced by survivors, their partners, caregivers and families.

Specifically, the goal is for survivors to effectively deal with possible late-effects and side-effects of cancer treatment such as anxiety, depression, fatigue and erectile dysfunction.

Maureen advises that it will take one to three years to carry out all the necessary research, development, pilot projects and evaluations, but we have some exciting times to come in the years ahead!

Wellspring Chinguacousy

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 - 7:00pm
Cheque presentation Alt
Cheque presentation
Wellspring Chinguacousy Entrance
Wellspring Chinguacousy Entrance

Gael Miles and Larry Zacher, Board Members of Wellspring Chinguacousy, joined us Tuesday February 11th to speak about Wellspring and the programs they offer.

Gael herself went through breast cancer in 2004 and admits to feeling isolated at the time and she came to believe that more support was necessary for patients, families and caregivers. She became involved with the Bramalea United Church’s “Evening of Hope” and later was instrumental in bringing Wellspring to Brampton. Founded in Toronto in 1992, Wellspring is an innovative network of centres providing high-quality cancer support, education and coping skills to a growing number of individuals, family members and professional caregivers in Canada.

This wasn’t an easy task since Wellspring has fairly demanding requirements that must be met before they will sanction a centre in a new area. Initial and ongoing operational funding must be secured, a suitable site selected and a building constructed. Members of the Brampton community stepped up big time with both land and construction costs being donated to the cause. A foundation was created to provide ongoing support for the centre and they quickly raised the two years of funding required to proceed with the centre’s construction.

The Wellspring Chinguacousy Centre is located on the Southwest corner of Torbram and Father Tobin. It is operated by a team of some 100 volunteers providing a variety of support programs to cancer patients and their supporters.

These programs provide help dealing with the fear and stress of a cancer diagnosis. There are various support sessions including financial counseling, nutrition, exercise, yoga and a whole variety of programs that help patients realize that they are not alone in the battle with cancer. As we have seen through our own support group, meeting with other cancer survivors and sharing their journeys helps empower patients in ways that make them feel that they can have a positive effect on their own prognosis.

During the year PCCN Brampton and The Prostate Extreme Team and Steve Hutton, in particular, help to raise ongoing funds for Wellspring Chinguacousy.

During the meeting we presented Gael and Larry with a ceremonial cheque from PCCN Brampton for $2,000, which amount we had actually provided in December.

You can visit Wellspring Chinguacousy's web-site at for additional information.

Cancer Related Fatigue

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 - 7:00pm
Swapnil Rege, MSc PT
Swapnil Rege, MSc PT

Swapnil Rege, MSc PT, will address the topic of Cancer-Related Fatigue. He is the Clinic Director and a Physiotherapist at Centric Health’s LifeMark Physiotherapy office on Fisherman’s Drive in Brampton.

Swapnil described his presentation thusly: “Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is one of the most common side-effects reported as a result of treatment and the cancer disease process. CRF can last for months or even years post-treatment. Recognizing CRF is the first step in determining appropriate treatment strategies. This talk outlines the causes of CRF, identification of CRF and different strategies to decrease fatigue”

Centric Health is an integrated healthcare company with multiple offices. The company offers many patient services including home care, home medical equipment, orthotics, pharmacy, physiotherapy, seniors wellness and a sleep clinic. More information is available at


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.