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 - June, 2013

We interrupt regular programming for this special announcement.

Let’s eat! See page 3’s Next Monthly Meeting for details on the upcoming Burger BBQ.

Operators are standing by to take your order…


The Walnut - May, 2013

On May 3, Ludwick Papaurelis lost his long and brave fight with prostate cancer.

We dedicate this issue of The Walnut to a man who gave so much to the PCCN Ottawa community.

PCCN Ottawa Member and Warrior Gerald “Jake” Freill passed away on May 1. We extend our condolences to his family.


The Walnut - April, 2013

The late great Al Jolson crooned about April showers, daffodils and the hope that comes with the spring. An apropos sentiment as we dance out of winter’s darkness.

For those who’d like to hear him, click on (or copy and paste) this link:


The Walnut - March, 2013

We acknowledge that everything in The Walnut, including our page 2 disclaimer, is fascinating reading. Still, we ask you to pay particular attention to the page 6 item about our co-chairs’ Back to Basics movement (though not to be confused with any of Beethoven’s movements).


The Walnut - February, 2013

Food, magical food, wonderful food, marvellous food, fabulous food…(from the musical “Oliver”)

Devour what you read, friends. For in this issue we are careful not to bite off more than we can chew. You’ll find sage advice – free as always – about nutrition plus more about exercise’s role.

Don’t let us catch you on the couch with a bag of chips!


The Walnut - January, 2013

Our beloved readers may have noticed our December issue came out askew.

Some pages were up; some were down. Not unlike days with prostate cancer, come to think of it.

It goes like that in the publishing business from time to time. So we humbly apologize for any dizziness December might have caused, with or without Christmas festivities.

We will do what we can to prevent this from happening again. In the meantime, all the best to our readers for a healthy and happy 2013!


The Walnut - December, 2012

This Walnutty issue has something for everyone, just as the season should.

From the sublime (low risk treatments and new therapies) to the ridiculous (a Dr. Ruth letter, and an elk with an itch), we always aim to do as biopsies do: make a point.

From the entire Walnut staff, a happy and safe Christmas and New Year to everyone. Even the nuts. Speaking of which, here’s this month’s burning question: Why do male elk have long antlers? See the photo on page 6 for the answer.


The Walnut - November, 2012

MOvember is upon us. So in this issue, we’ve “stached” interesting tidbits about bio-markers and survival data, plus a terrific summary of Dr. Morgan’s October talk.

And though we’re never ambiguous about much, our Ambiguities special on page 6 poses some of the great and deep questions of our time.

But you can’t get there without first paying for pages one to five.


The Walnut - October, 2012

Should men get their PSA checked?

Yes – No – Perhaps – Maybe – OK – Sometimes – and the debate rages on…see page 4.

Plus in this issue we learned Zytiga is now in, car shows aren’t much fun in the rain, and sometimes it’s fine not to take medication.

This special fall issue – free at newsstands from coast to coast.


The Walnut - September, 2012

The summer has not provided a respite from the duties of our group. The two summer meetings produced excellent open discussions on how to help the newly diagnosed.

Our chairman, for one, has actively lobbied for approval of Zytiga (page 5) and inquired about the Cancer Centre Fitness facility (page 6). Sadly though, we have lost some friends to this disease.


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