Past Member Meetings

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Terry Burtch is a volunteer volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society who has had direct experience with their services, and an on-going cancer survivor. His presentation focusses on the key services provided by the Canadian Cancer Society and its volunteers to support patients, families and caregivers. The services are all free of charge, and are provided both locally and nationally.

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Dr. Scott Morgan
Dr. Scott Morgan

Dr. Scott Morgan discussed:

  • Active surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer: when less is more. (Download slide deck below.)
  • Radiotherapy after radical prostatectomy: when, why, and how? (Download slide deck below.)
  • Radium-223: A new era in castration-resistant prostate cancer with bone metastases

Dr. Scott Morgan is a radiation oncologist at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre and an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Morgan obtained a BASc in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 1999 followed by an MD from Queen’s University in Kingston in 2003. He completed his residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of Ottawa and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2008. In 2008-09, he completed a fellowship in Urologic Oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research in London, UK. He began his practice in Ottawa in 2010.

Dr. Morgan has a general interest in the design and conduct of clinical trials to evaluate new prostate cancer therapies and has a specific interest in novel radiotherapy techniques. He serves on the Genitourinary Disease Site Group of the Cancer Care Ontario Program in Evidence-Based Care. He is currently nearing completion of an MSc in Clinical Trials from the University of London.

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

John Stonier, PCCN Ottawa
John Stonier, PCCN Ottawa

Last September John Stonier and Bill Dolan, both members of PCCN Ottawa, attended the Prostate Cancer Research Institute’s Annual Conference in Los Angeles. John will review one of the presentations from the conference: “Treatment Consideration for Low/Intermediate Risk Prostate Cancer.” The results of recent medical studies were examined to identify the pros and cons of various treatment options including surgery (robotic or not), seed implantation (permanent or not), beam radiation (both IMRT and Proton) and combinations of these treatments. Given a man’s particular cancer characteristics such as PSA, Gleason Score etc, probable treatment outcomes, cancer progression and quality of life issues will be examined. You may be surprised at what is now considered “Gold Standard” treatment. John was.

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Warmth and Song
Warmth and Song

Paddy Stewart, a friend of PCCN Ottawa, will bring a little cheer to the Season. Paddy plays the guitar and sings and also tells a good joke.

A social evening of snacks, drinks, chatting and perhaps some jamming (see below). A fine opportunity to meet new members, huddle with old ones, share tales about your own prostate cancer experiences, or even criticize politicians and hockey teams. We can’t guarantee a good time unless you’re there to make it so.

Guitar? Banjo? Ukulele? Harmonica? Bass cello? Tambourine? Harp? Kettle drum? Can you make noise with your mouth, aka.sing? Do you know the lyrics to some stirring Gregorian chants? Can you do a falsetto impersonation of Frankie Valli singing “Big girls don’t cry”? Then bring along your pseudo-talents (and instruments) where we will jam and limp through lyrics we probably think we know.

January Meeting Video

Sleep, Nutrition and Immunity - Presented by Andrea Bartels B.A., NNCP, RNT There are well-established links between sleep quality and immunity against infections and cancer risk. Andrea explained the relationships between eating habits, cancer and insomnia. Whether you experience difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, find out what nutrients and eating patterns can help ensure you a good night's rest while others prevent it. Her presentation is available in the following video:

Andrea is an Ottawa-based Natural Nutrition Coach and Practitioner and Registered Nutritional Therapist with more than 13 years of experience in the nutrition field. She has worked as a member of several clinic teams that include chiropractors, homeopaths, massage therapists, medical doctors, pharmacists and biochemists within clinical and retail environments. In her counseling practice, Andrea educates and advises her nutritional clients on appropriate food choices and health issues such as digestive wellness, hormonal balancing, weight loss and pain management. Andrea also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses to students of The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition where she has been a member of the faculty since 2001.

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Gabriele Woerner talked about Finding Your Path. There is a lot of information out there for people diagnosed with cancer, especially on the internet. What seems to be a blessing of easily available information and knowledge can be the curse in disguise and create confusion about where to start, what to do and an emotional overload of not doing the “right thing”. Here is a video of her presentation:

Part 1/ information:

  • What is a human being?
  • Understanding the basics of our human potential
  • What are the ingredients of healing?

Part 2/application:

  • Who am I?
  • What are my challenges?
  • What are my tools?

Specialized in several academic disciplines, Gabriele holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Freiburg University in Germany (Albert-Ludwig-Universität, Freiburg i.Br.) and a degree in Adult Education (DESS) at the University du Québec.

Over the years, Gabriele has acquired integrated training in the field of personal development. She is a registered psychotherapist, and certified with Emploi Québec as a trainer in the field of health care. Gabriele is a lecturer in the Nursing Department of the Université du Québec. She has prepared a curriculum to help her nursing students develop their personal abilities and skills in maintaining their physical, emotional, and spiritual health while coping with an emotionally charged work environment

Members Meeting, 21 March 2013

Stephen Greenberg receives award from Past President Wilfred Gilchrist
Stephen Greenberg receives award from Past President Wilfred Gilchrist

1. Presentation of the Dried Prostate Award to Stephen Greenberg by Wilf (thanks Harvey for your assistance with the awards engraving).

2."Back to Basics" - Interim co-chairs, John Arnold and Bill Dolan led a "town hall" meeting towards a vision of PCCN Ottawa's future, membership working together to make our great support group even better.

Members Meeting, 18 April 2013

John Arnold and Bill Dolan gave feedback on last month's breakout session and introduced the NEW volunteers as a result of our mailout. Report will be posted online soon.

Jackie Manthorne, President and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network and Mona Forrest, Board Secretary, introduced their new organisation to our members with a view of how we can work together. A video of their presentation is available below.

The Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN) is a national network of patients, families, survivors, friends, community partners, funders and sponsors who have come together to take action to promote the very best standards of care, whether it be early diagnosis, timely treatment and follow-up care, support for cancer patients, or issues related to survivorship or quality of end of life care.

CCSN Mission

  • Empower collaborative action by cancer patients, families and communities to identify and work to remove barriers to optimal patient care.
  • Ensure that cancer survivors have access to education and action opportunities to have their voices heard in planning and implementing an optimal health care system. 
  • Educate the public and policy makers about the financial, emotional and health costs of cancer and offer considered, positive ideas and recommendations to alleviate their effects.
  • Research and encourage research on ways to alleviate barriers to optimal patient care and follow-up.

CCSN Objectives

  • Promote and encourage advocacy among survivors and patients.
  • Work with government and all political parties to educate and promote positive and considered policy ideas that will result in an optimum experience for cancer patients and survivors in the health care system.
  • With empowered survivors as our advocates and partners, we bring a practical perspective to the discussion.

CCSN Presentation:

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Gabriele Woerner, M.Ed., DESS
Gabriele Woerner, M.Ed., DESS

Gabriele Woerner returns for a hands-on workshop:

  • Who am I?
  • What are my challenges?
  • What are my tools?

Specialized in several academic disciplines, Gabriele holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Freiburg University in Germany (Albert-Ludwig-Universität, Freiburg i.Br.) and a degree in Adult Education (DESS) at the University du Québec.

Over the years, Gabriele has acquired integrated training in the field of personal development. She is a registered psychotherapist, and certified with Emploi Québec as a trainer in the field of health care. Gabriele is a lecturer in the Nursing Department of the Université du Québec. She has prepared a curriculum to help her nursing students develop their personal abilities and skills in maintaining their physical, emotional, and spiritual health while coping with an emotionally charged work environment

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