The Walnut

Welcome to The Walnut!

The Walnut is the official newsletter for PCCN Ottawa, currently published approximately four times a year.

Every issue includes:

  • Recaps of PCCNO meetings and events
  • Announcements about upcoming meetings and events
  • Health and nutrition news
  • Survivor stories
  • Updates on new, innovative prostate and recurrent cancer treatment
  • Research and diagnostics
  • Photos, funny moments…and anything else we can come up with!

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Newest Issue

The Walnut, Fall 2020

The Walnut does not regularly publish in the summer and the pandemic caused disruption on PCCNO’s regular meetings and AGM. In the meantime there was a change at the national level with the Prostate Cancer Canada Network’s amalgamation with the Canadian Cancer Society. In this issue, you will receive important information about how this change affects us at the local level.

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The Walnut, Fall 2020

The Walnut: Recent issues

The Walnut, Spring 2020 PDF icon

In recent weeks, our world has changed dramatically, and in some ways, possibly forever, due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is especially problematic for people living with serious health issues and/or compromised immune systems, and also for people over the age of 60. In this issue we will update you on what the Canadian Cancer Society says about cancer and COVID-19 and how PCCN Ottawa is adapting.

We will also take a look at a range of treatment options and strategies for living with and managing prostate cancer, including coping with stress, eating right and learning how exercise can give you a much-needed boost, both mentally and physically. Additionally, we have information about new ADT online classes, plus a personal story from a local, longtime cancer survivor and PCCN Ottawa board member.

The Walnut, Spring 2020

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Screening and early detection: why are men reluctant?

Screening is the most common method for early detection of prostate cancer. We all know that if you catch cancer early you are more likely to survive.

Yet not all men are proactive in making sure to seek early detection through screening.

In this issue, we explore some of the factors, such as lack of awareness, beliefs and attitudes that can discourage men’s involvement in prostate cancer screening and early detection activities. We also explore the pros and cons of screening and look at some best practices.

The Walnut, Winter 2020

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From a partner’s perspective: living with prostate cancer

In this issue, we explore the concerns and needs of partners of survivors. Three overarching themes are discussed: 1) coping with life in the face of cancer, 2) encountering difficult emotions related to a partner’s illness, and 3) learning to live with relationship changes.

We look at these at various stages of the prostate cancer “journey”: diagnosis and treatment, and what that experience is like for couples, what they find as helpful, harmful, and surprising throughout the experience, what couples and families need through and following treatment, and how men and women think and respond differently to intimacy and relationship challenges that occur as a result of prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The Walnut, Autumn 2019

The Walnut, Summer 2019 PDF icon

In this issue, we explore how prostate cancer spreads, and talk about how this is monitored and treated. We talk about living with advanced prostate cancer: managing symptoms, managing pain.

We also look at how men can find support to deal with psychological distress, treatment distress and quality of life issues.

The Walnut, Summer 2019

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In this issue, we examine the physical, emotional and social wellbeing needs of men with prostate cancer. We look at a range of issues, including dealing with anxiety,fatigue, side effects of treatment, loss of libido and sexual function, impact on relationships. And because many men do not take a pro-active approach to take responsibility for our health, using self-reflection and reinvention to become more proactive and becoming an architect of our own health.

The Walnut, Spring 2019

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