Monthly Member Meetings

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UPCOMING Events

Until further notice, all meetings will be virtual, using ZOOM. If you are on our mailing list you will get a notice advising that the ZOOM meeting has been published and giving instructions on how to register/access the meeting on-line. We will also put details up on this webpage.

 
 

May 20, 2021 - Presentation by Meghan McInnis, M.Sc., from the Sexual Health Research Lab (Department of Psychology) at Queen’s University. She will discuss research findings on mental and sexual wellbeing in individuals diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Originally from Ottawa, Meghan is a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. candidate at Queen’s University. She is conducting her graduate research in the Sexual Health Research Lab, under the supervision of Dr. Caroline Pukall. Her Master’s thesis was an investigation of the experiences of individuals diagnosed with prostate cancer, including their health-related quality of life, sexual outcomes, mental health, social support, and healthcare experiences. She is a co-founder of QueeringCancer.ca.

Register in advance for this meeting at 7:00 PM Eastern Time using the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqce-trDopH9yX5KyQfuQcXt4--kWXB05h

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Past Events

April 15, 2021 – Presentation by Dr. Dugald Seely, ND, M.Sc. Founder & Chief Executive Officer The Centre For Health Innovation (formerly the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre). His topic will be “Cancer Navigation - Understanding Available Resources and Choices”.

Dr. Dugald Seely, ND has been actively pursuing the growth and development of integrative medicine and relevant research over the past two decades. Having pioneered an innovative model of cancer care through the creation of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, recently Dr. Seely has focused his efforts on expanding integrative medicine more broadly through the Centre for Health Innovation. Dr. Seely and his team are providing whole-person integrative care to people living with chronic disease in a manner that is reflective of the best evidence available, clinical experience and that honours patient choice.

Dr. Seely serves as executive director of integrative oncology research at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine; adjunct professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa; affiliate investigator with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and is the current president for the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP). In 2017 Dr. Seely was the recipient of the Dr. Rogers Prize for excellence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

The Centre for Health Innovation (CHI) can be found at 429 MacLaren Street, Ottawa. It provides both Supportive Cancer Care and General Health & Wellness Services.

https://thechi.ca/ Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrduCgqzIjG9UV30_9ZQwzdZNFxA7-4FW5 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Dr. Dugald Seely portrait

Annual Business Meeting

April 22, 2021 – Annual Business Meeting. Join us to learn how PCNO did in 2020, and our plans for the future. We have tentatively booked a special speaker – more details will be provided here once we have confirmed the arrangements. Our speaker will be Dr Rodney Breau.

Dr. Rodney Breau is a Surgical Oncologist, an Assistant Professor of Urology at The University of Ottawa, and an Associate Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He attended medical school at Dalhousie University and urology residency at the University of Ottawa. He completed his Urologic Oncology and Robotic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic and received a Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research from Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvcOGopzgiHNMsLsmZUMcl5ha3rCMOgVsF

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dr. Rodney Breau portrait

March 18, 2021 - Presentation by Jodi Foster-Molstad from Pelvic Plus Physio. She will discuss the pelvic health physiotherapy approach to all things related to prostate cancer, both pre-operatively and post-operatively

Jodi is a bilingual physiotherapist with over 20 years experience treating musculo-skeletal conditions with a focus on pelvic health conditions in clinical settings across Canada, the USA, and England. Jodi has experience treating both men and women for a wide spectrum of conditions, including pelvic girdle dysfunction, incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and persistent pelvic pain conditions. Her experience as a senior pelvic health therapist has led her to develop pelvic health programs and to mentor her pelvic health colleagues during her past employment until she recently opened her own practice, Pelvic Plus Physio, in the Hunt Club region of Ottawa.
https://www.pelvicplusphysio.com/

Jodi uses a multi-faceted treatment approach and treats from a holistic perspective. Her treatment approach includes manual therapy, myofascial release techniques, neural, visceral and connective tissue mobilizations, followed by an individualized therapeutic exercise program.

Jodi shares her knowledge with her patients and loves helping people get to the root of their problems, helping them resolve their conditions to the fullest through best-evidence treatment plans tailored to the individual.

The links identified by Jodi during her presentation are as follows: Here are the links from the presentation, and I would highlight the first one as the best resource to find a local physiotherapist:

http://mfmlab.ca/pelvic-floor-physiotherapists-in-ottawa-and-gatineau/
https://pelvichealthsolutions.ca/find-a-health-care-professional/
https://portal.collegept.org/public-register/,
https://uri-log.com/

 
Jodi Foster Molstad portrait

March 3, 2021 - Presentation By Luke Lewandowski on Precision Medicine.

Precision medicine is the development of personalized treatments for each patient. Precision medicine has treated and cured terminal cancer cases. Hear about initiatives at Canada’s health agencies using precision medicine techniques to treat difficult diseases and patients whose disease has advanced to a terminal stage. Patients with terminal cancers - prostate, colon, breast, pancreatic - have been treated successfully using these methods.

Gene editing technologies have matured from a hit-and-miss approach to today’s precision approach. CRISPR gene editing technology is precise. CRISPR can remove, alter or replace one or more genes in the human genome, to treat or cure diseases caused by genetic disorders, such as sickle cell anemia and Huntington’s.

This presentation discusses COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, how they were discovered, how they are made, and how they work. The benefits of mRNA vaccines are compared to those of conventional vaccines.

Luke has an Honours BMath degree from the University of Waterloo. He worked in the Information Technology sector and co-founded several companies; building the first shared ATM network in Canada, offering IBM Mainframe outsourcing, developing and selling software to Fortune 500 companies.

Luke has given over a hundred presentations at conferences, to potential clients, in workshops and seminars, and on cruise ships. He enjoys speaking and continues to do so for groups, clubs, charities, and other organizations.

Luke volunteers for charities, not-for-profits, clubs, political parties and small businesses. For these volunteer positions, Luke creates and maintains Websites as well as providing technical support, managing email lists, sending email campaigns, and advising them in IT matters.

Register in advance for this meeting at 7:00 PM Eastern Time using the following link:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtc-mrqjwpHdE7sNAphV0IiYDYCFmuXJAz

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Luke Lewandowski portrait

February 18, 2021 – Sharing Circle. Although the ‘Sharing Circle’ is meant for both men and their partner, we realize that discussing treatment and issues such as erectile dysfunction or incontinence can be uncomfortable; as such, we sometimes have separate discussion areas for men and women during circle conversations. This is meant to benefit partners who can get real-life insight and suggestions from others who have been through the prostate cancer journey with their partners.

a ZOOM Sharing meeting allows you the opportunity during which you can renew contact with other members, get information based on other member’s experiences and provide updates on your personal medical situation. All participants are reminded to treat any information provided as confidential, and no details will be recorded.

Register in advance for this meeting at 7:00 PM Eastern Time using the following link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkcOGvrTsiE9BYryAtf6Q0qq-zir_okDmY

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

January 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM – We will have a presentation by Kim Lam, MD from Apollo Cannabis Clinics. Her talk will be an update on information provided by her during our October 2019 Conference such as legislative changes and usage of cannabis to control pain. She will also provide answers to your questions.

Kim is an international medical graduate working with Apollo Cannabis Clinics in Toronto as a Lead Patient Care Specialist and Physician Research Assistant for over 3 years. She specializes in cannabis-based medicine for chronic pain and mental health conditions such as PTSD and Anxiety and works closely with our Veteran community. As a patient care specialist along with our team of healthcare practitioners, she has helped countless patients with individualized treatment plans and navigating medical cannabis in Canada. She has been involved with the publication of Apollo Clinics' research papers regarding chronic pain and PTSD and has given talks across the country on cannabis-based medicine. Apollo Clinics is a medical clinic based in Toronto prescribing medical cannabis for patients across Canada suffering from chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, and many other medical conditions. Apollo Clinics also educates and supports patients on their medical cannabis treatment journey and helps to educate the larger community about this alternative medicine.

Kim Lam, MD

Please Note That The Details Below About Phyical Meetings and Locations Are Suspended Until Further Notice

Convenient location

Come join us at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 930 Watson Street in Ottawa. Simply follow the Queensway to the Pinecrest Exit, proceed north past the traffic lights and turn left onto St. Stephen’s Street.

Free parking

The entrance and parking is located at the rear of the church.

All are welcome

Open to prostate cancer survivors, spouses/partners and family members. Some men bring their partners to meetings, especially at the beginning of their prostate diagnosis journey.

Free admission

While we do not charge for meetings, please bring one or more items of non-perishable food to the St. Stephen’s Food Bank.

What do we talk about?

Each meeting includes presentations on prostate cancer topics, as well as a chance to meet and chat with other prostate cancer patients, survivors and family members.

General meeting outline

6:15 p.m. Members and guests arrive. Coffee and light snacks.

6:30 p.m. An informal chance to chat and ask questions. New members will be given a brief introduction to what PCCNO is and what we do; and can complete a membership form if they choose (please note: PCCNO’s services are available to anyone, even those who do not wish to provide their details and contact information).

7:15 p.m. PCCN Ottawa business.

7:30 p.m. Monthly feature—often includes a speaker and a presentation.

Sharing circles

Providing a environment where those going through prostate cancer can feel comfortable is of utmost concern to us.

Although the 'Sharing Circle' is meant for both men and their partner, we realize that discussing treatment and issues such as erectile dysfunction or incontinence can be uncomfortable; as such, we sometimes have separate discussion areas for men and women during circle conversations. This is meant to benefit partners who can get real-life insight and suggestions from others who have been through the prostate cancer journey with their partners.

Literature Showcase

Our Literature Showcase is available at each meeting. It contains reading material from reliable sources on all aspects of the prostate including therapies and treatments for prostate cancer. Information in the Literature Showcase is free to all members and guests. We encourage you to take copies home to family and friends.

The Walnut, Winter 2021

The Walnut, Winter 2021

The Walnut is the official newsletter for PCN Ottawa, currently published approximately four times a year.

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