Next meeting: Thursday, March 3, 2021 – 7:00 PM

 

Due to the coronovirus pandemic PCN Ottawa has suspended all in-person meetings. However, we will continue our virtual meetings using ZOOM on March 3, 2021. See below for details on this and future ZOOM sessions.

Despite this loss of contact we wish to advise that important functions of our organization are up and running. Directors of the Board are in constant contact with each other. Our online and telephone support to members and the newly diagnosed is active. We recently added new capacity to our peer support function. We have a full time coordinator and a peer support team. We can respond quickly to requests for support. Our email address:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  is constantly monitored as is our telephone answering system - 613-828-0762. Either way we will get back to you quickly. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns that we may be able to answer or follow up on. We expect for the next while hospital services will be different and some changes might be experienced. We hope these circumstances will not be too disruptive.

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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.

 
 

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

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.

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.

 

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

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtcuGvrj0sH9Lm98FCvet88FloXQ7LwfYU

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

Jodi Foster Molstad portrait

April 15, 2021 – Presentation by Dr. Dugald Seely, Executive Director, Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre . Details to be provided soon.

Dr. Dugald Seely portrait

May 20, 2021 - Details to be determined

 

Past Events

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.


Let’s get together

One of the best parts of being part of PCCN Ottawa is getting together with other prostate cancer patients, survivors and supporters.

We have two annual social events: a BBQ in June for members, and a Christmas party every December.  (However both of these events were cancelled in 2020 because of Covid-19).  (stay tuned for more information about each event as the time draws near!)

But that’s not all…

Coffee breaks

Want to meet with prostate cancer patients and survivors in-between monthly meetings?

Sometimes, a few Prostate Cancer Canada Network Ottawa (PCCN Ottawa) members get together for morning coffee in Ottawa. These meetings occur at:

  • Billings Bridge (first Monday of the month, 10:00AM in the McDonalds outside the mall at Billings Bridge) and at
  • Carlingwood Mall (2nd Monday of the month at the Carlingwood Mall Food Court at 10:00 AM).


To learn more about upcoming coffee meets in your neighbourhood, contact info@pccnottawa.ca.

 

The Walnut, Winter 2021

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