Got questions about prostate cancer? Need support? Start here.
No matter where you are in the prostate cancer journey—recently diagnosed, undergoing treatment, or finished treatment—you are not alone.
PCNO provides a range of supports to help men through these decisions, educate them about how to manage their condition, and to improve their quality of life. In addition, PCNO partners with various cancer support groups which can be found under the link “Prostate Cancer Info”.
We hold monthly meetings as well as other events, where you can attend presentations on prostate cancer topics and meet other prostate cancer patients and survivors.
We respond promptly to calls and emails from men dealing with prostate cancer.
Simply contact us for help through your first or subsequent confrontation with diagnosis and treatment questions.
We can put everything into perspective, including:
- And much more
We may suggest mentoring sessions, where discussion takes place with other prostate cancer survivors.
We also provide one-on-one mentoring for those who wish to speak more privately about their situation.
Please note: we do not provide medical advice.
Prostate Cancer Support Canada REEF KNOT KIT
Prostate Cancer Support Canada have a free REEF KNOT KIT. Their signature Reef Knot Kits include two books, ‘Prostate Cancer: Understand the Disease and its Treatment,’ by Dr. Fred Saad and Dr. Michael McCormack and ‘Prostate Cancer Strikes: Navigating the Storm’ by Gogs Gagnon, and a multitude of other resources, to aid you in researching your diagnosis and making difficult decisions surrounding your treatment options. Only when you know what is best for you and your family can you make an informed decision.
Click on the following link and select RESOURCES to order yours.https://www.prostatecancersupport.ca/
ADT Educational Program
The online Androgen Deprivation Therapy Educational Program is a free resource to help patients manage ADT side effects and engage in healthy lifestyle behaviours (e.g., physical activity). The program provides support to both prostate cancer patients and their partners or loved ones.
Classes are offered monthly, and patients need to register ahead of time at www.LifeOnADT.com. The class is a one-time, live (90 min.), facilitated webinar. After attending, Canadian patients are mailed a free copy of the ADT book (linked below).
The next three classes will be held on June 16th, July 13th, and August 17th, all at 3:00 PM, Pacific time/6:00 PM, Eastern time.
Prostate Cancer Patient Guide
The Prostate Cancer Foundation, a U.S.-based organization that raises significant funds for prostate cancer research, produces an excellent reference source for newly diagnosed and existing prostate cancer patients. Compiled with the contributions of top-tier doctors and researchers in prostate cancer, the Prostate Cancer Patient Guide is a must-have resource for patients and families. It focuses all the information available about contemporary prostate cancer research, treatment, and lifestyle factors into one consolidated document. Well written in clear language, it is available free of charge through the link below. Simply enter your e-mail address and PCF will send you a PDF version of the Guide by e-mail. Their main website, https://www.pcf.org/, also offers a wealth of information on current prostate cancer research initiatives, FDA approvals and more.
CAVEAT – the Prostate Cancer Patient Guide is an American publication, containing many references to medical insurance coverage that are not relevant in the Canadian context. Also, all of the latest research, diagnostic tools and treatment therapies discussed in the Guide may not be clinically available in Canada yet.
Prostate Cancer Research Institute
The Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) operates an excellent website containing many short, easy-to-understand educational videos on all aspects of prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. The PCRI Executive Director, Dr. Mark Scholz, is a long-time, strong advocate of patient empowerment (see his CV at https://www.prostateoncology.com/prostate-pros/mark-scholz-md/). The unique focus of his many videos on the ‘Our Services’ portion of the PCRI website is helping men and their partners/caregivers through the often-difficult process of choosing the right treatment option for their prostate cancer. Dr. Scholz is particularly interested in persuading his audiences to consider the many quality-of-life consequences of each treatment option. His videos also offer very useful perspectives on the impact of diet, exercise, lifestyle and more on prostate cancer patient outcomes.
CAVEAT – Like the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the Prostate Cancer Research Institute is an American organization whose website includes information concerning medical insurance coverage that is not relevant in the Canadian context. It also discusses current research, diagnostic tools and treatment therapies that may not have reached Canada yet.
The Walnut, Winter 2021
The Walnut is the official newsletter for PCN Ottawa, currently published approximately four times a year.
Help promote prostate cancer awareness
Prostate Cancer Canada Network Ottawa provides speakers, professionally designed display units and accompanying literature for use at health fairs, sporting events, in shopping malls…any place people gather.
Contact us for more information on hosting an awareness event!