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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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: Recent issues
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.
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.
In this issue, we explore the risk factors for developing prostate cancer: age, race, family history, genetics, as well as social and environmental factors such as lifestyle, dietary habits. We also take a look at some common myths about risk factors.
In this issue, we explore the importance of promoting awareness and early diagnosis, 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.
We also provide some statistics, look at the good work being done by True NTH, and the “Famous Fingers” awareness initiative.
Quality of Life: Cancer Survivors and Their Families
This quarter’s Walnut explores:
- The issues that can affect quality of life for survivors of prostate cancer
- How patients and family/caregivers can identify and help manage physical and psychological side effects or complications of prostate cancer treatment
- Opportunities to improve prostate cancer survivors’ and family/caregivers’ quality of life
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Prostate Cancer Canada Network Ottawa is 100% volunteer-run.
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!
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