The Walnut is the official newsletter for PCCN Ottawa, currently published approximately 4 times a year. In it you will find recaps of our latest meetings and events that PCCNO participated in, annoucements about upcoming meetings and events, health and nutrition news, survivor stories, details on new and innovative prostate and recurrent cancer treatment, research and diagnostics as well as photos, funny moments, and anything else that we can come up with !

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The Walnut, Spring 2018

In this issue, we provide an overview of the wide variety of diagnostic tests and procedures in use today, as well as some expert opinions and analysis on the efficacy of the options available. We also examine how to deal with the personal aspects of a prostate cancer diagnosis.

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Summer 2018: Know your options

In this issue, we will explore treatment and monitoring options. After a cancer diagnosis, patients and their families have to make a number of decisions about cancer treatment. These decisions are often complicated by feelings of anxiety, unfamiliar medical terminology, statistics, and a sense of urgency. Decisions about treatment are personal, and you need to feel comfortable with your choices. However, many people don’t know where to start. Here are some simple, but important, steps you can take as you start the decision-making process. We examine ways to best understand the risks and benefits of each option.

Autumn 2018: Quality of life:

Prostate cancer survivors and their families In this issue, we describe the issues that can affect quality of life for survivors of prostate cancer. We explore how patients and family/caregivers can identify and assist in the management of physical and psychological side effects or complications of prostate cancer treatment. We identify opportunities for interventions that can improve quality of life for survivors of prostate cancer and their family/caregivers.


The Walnut, Winter 2018

In this issue, we provide an overview of treatment options including what has been learned about some of the genetic links to the disease, as well as immunotherapies and other emerging treatments.

We also discuss the role of clinical trials in testing new treatment options, and present personal accounts from a cancer survivor in Ottawa who has participated in a clinical trial, and from an Ottawa oncologist involved in clinical trials.


The Walnut, November 2017

Special Conference Issue. The PCCNO conference: 'Prostate Cancer - Discover the Future' was held at ​the​ ​Ottawa ​Convention and Event Centre on September 15-16, 2017.


In this issue, we provide highlights of the event, as well as links to video clips of the speakers and panelists.


The Walnut, Autumn 2017

In this issue, we look at how caregivers can help to meet the psycho-social needs of patients as part of a comprehensive treatment approach. We look at the impact on families and friends, and explore how caregivers can find support themselves to continue the crucial and sometimes difficult roles they play.


The Walnut, Summer 2017

In this issue, we begin with a look at the “big picture” of values and our health system. We also explore the perspectives of health care providers, and how vital it is that treatment and care take into account the individual needs, preferences and values of men facing treatment decisions.


The Walnut, Spring 2017

The Walnut Spring 2017: Prostate Cancer and Mental Health

Depression, stress, fatigue, pain and psycho-social factors can all affect men with prostate cancer. Anxiety may exist both before testing and while awaiting test results. Confusion over choosing from various interventions often adds to anxiety and depression. In this issue, we explore what and how men and those who are important in their lives can get support.


The Walnut, Winter 2017

Early diagnosis of cancer is the key to improving survival rates. In this issue, we explore some of the risk factors for prostate cancer, as well as methods and potential benefits of screening. We also look at some emerging new screening tests.


The Walnut, November 2016

Prostate Cancer Canada is proud to be one of Movember’s Canadian beneficiary partners. Through this relationship we are advancing prostate cancer research and support services for men and their families living with the disease.

In this issue, we look at how the Movember movement is helping to raise awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.


The Walnut, Autumn 2016

Prostate cancer and its treatment can affect your sex life in three ways - your mind, body and relationships. In this issue, we describe the kinds of treatment and support that is available, and ways for you to work through any problems.


The Walnut - April, 2015

Things to ponder as spring springs:

He who laughs last thinks slowest.

It was recently discovered that research causes cancer in rats.

And, the things that come to those who wait may be the things left by those who got there first.


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