Past Member Meetings

Video of PCRI Reports from October Meeting

PCCN Ottawa members Dan Faber and Gerry Gilbert who attended this year's Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) conference reported on the workshops and presentations they sat in on. This a premiere prostate cancer conference in North America. The top doctors present the very latest in prostate cancer research and treatments.

Michelle Faber also made a short presentation for partners who also live through the journey.

Members Meetings are held at St. Stephen's Anglican Church.

December Gathering

One of our members, Hal Floysvik, plays in the Trillium Dixieland Band. They graciously agreed to play Dixieland with some Christmas carols thrown in for good measure.

Oncologist Dr. Shawn Malone at November 20th PCCN Ottawa Meeting

Dr. Malone also came to our Christmas gathering.
Dr. Malone also came to our Christmas gathering.

Dr. Shawn Malone discussed new and emerging treatment options for metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).

Dr. Malone is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa and Staff Radiation Oncologist at The Ottawa Hospital. He has research interests in clinical trials in prostate cancer, precision radiotherapy, stereotactic radiotherapy and biomarkers in prostate cancer. He is the author/co-author on more than 60 peer review articles including publications in The New England Journal of Medicine, JCO, Lancet, and International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology and Physics. He currently chairs four clinical trials in prostate cancer.

We are fortunate to present Dr. Malone's talk in this video:

Dr. Rodney Breau - Robotic surgery and quality improvement programs.

Dr. Rodney Breau provided a comprehensive update on The Ottawa Hospital’s robotic surgery and quality improvement programs. Dr. Breau, who first presented to us just days before the first robotic operation at TOH three years ago, is a Surgical Oncologist and Assistant Professor of Urology at The University of Ottawa. He is also an Associate Scientist in Epidemiology at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and holds the Department of Surgery Chair in Urologic Oncology.

It was a fascinating presentation:

Video available from February Members Meeting

Dr. Jim Dimitroulakos
Dr. Jim Dimitroulakos

Jim Dimitroulakos, Senior Scientist, Cancer Therapeutics Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, described his team's work. Scroll down for a video of his talk.

Talk summary as provided by Dr. Dimitroulakos:

I will briefly discuss our laboratory work uncovering new therapeutic approaches in prostate cancer. Our work has shown that combining agents that target an important growth factor in a number of cancers including prostate cancer may have clinical benefit. We are also studying new combinations of drugs that enhance the activity of chemotherapy in advanced prostate cancer. Our goal is to develop these approaches and test them clinically in prostate cancer patients.

Mélina Ladouceur, MSW, RSW, Cancer Coach

Mélina Ladouceur, MSW, RSW
Mélina Ladouceur, MSW, RSW

Melina is the Lead Cancer Coach at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation’s Maplesoft Centre. She is a registered social worker with a passion for health and wellness and a background in health system navigation. She has received additional training in health coaching through Health Change Australia and the National Association of Professional Cancer Coaches.

As a coach, Melina is supportive, open-minded and believes that all people have their own unique needs when facing cancer. She is goal-orientated and helps cancer survivors and caregivers through individual and group coaching to identify personal health goals for themselves, change health behaviours and achieve a balance of mental, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. She has a keen interest in the concept of resilience and believes that each person has unique strengths and inner wisdom based on their life experience.

In addition to providing individual coaching to clients, she also runs the Work and Cancer Survivorship group coaching program as well as a program for children and teens who are coping with cancer in the family.

Dr. Stuart Oake on Active Surveillance - Thursday, April 16

Dr. Stuart Oake, Urologist
Dr. Stuart Oake, Urologist

Stuart Oake MD, FRCSC (The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus) completed his urological training at the University of Ottawa in 1993, preceded by one year of General Surgical training at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Oake attained American Board of Urology certification as a Diplomate in 1998. Dr. Oake served as Program Director for the University of Ottawa Urology Residency Training Program from July 2004 to 2010 and in 2009 took on the role of Director of Postgraduate Surgical Education. He is recognized nationally as the past Treasurer of the Canadian Urological Association (CUA), having served in this position from 2006 to 2011 and currently serves as President of the CUA. Dr. Oake successfully completed his Executive MBA from the Telfer School of Business, University of Ottawa in June of 2013. His Business Consulting Project for his MBA was a proposal for a Men’s Health Centre to be introduced at The Ottawa Hospital.

Next Meeting

At our next meeting on Thursday, May 18th Tracy Chiswell from Colopost will give a presentation on innovations in continence products along with an overview of the Coloplast Care support program. Incontinence is an issue that many people affected by prostate cancer have likely experienced at one time or another (during treatment, after treatment etc.) so this should talk should be both interesting and beneficial. Join us for refreshments and conversation beginning at 6:30PM, our speaker should begin at approximately 7:45PM.

October Meeting

This month we are having our occasional Friendship Circle in which everyone will have an opportunity to introduce themself and say as much, or as little, as they wish about their prostate cancer situation. This tradition is an excellent way to connect with others who may be able to offer encouragement or trade experiences on a more personal level.

We also hope to be able to show some excerpts from the videos of our recent very successful Conference.

Hope to see you there ! Our meetings are open to all those affected by prostate cancer (patients, partners, family members, care providers etc.) and there is no cost to join the group (joining is of course optional).

And remember that you don't have to wait for our monthly meetings, we're only a phone call or email away ! If you've been recently diagnosed, are undergoing or have had treatment and have questions and want to talk to someone, contact us at or by phone at 613-828-0762 (or see our mentoring/peer-support page for more info)


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