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Articles from the Internet are regularly gleaned from the website and posted. An attempt is made to categorize them, as listed in the sidebar on the right. Click on the Categories widget to see the categories, and select the category of interest. They will appear on a new page in order from the most recent to the oldest. Some are from refereed scientific journals, while other are from more popular press websites. Almost all posts include a very brief description with a link to the actual article. As always, be careful about the source.

PSG Meeting Agenda

What to expect at a Peer Support Meeting The meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but some arrive a bit early to socialize, which can be difficult on Zoom. The host then Asks the people there for the first time to identify themselves, followed by others who want to give an update or ask questions of the group.  (In person, this is done by show of hands.) A short presentation is shown outlining the ground rules for the meeting.  (In person, the rules are read by the facilitator.) A few polls are conducted so that everyone can see who is at …

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Glossary of Common Prostate Cancer Terms

General Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Terms BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) A condition in which the prostate gland is enlarged and not cancerous. DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) The doctor inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum and feels the rectum, anus, and prostate (in males) to check for anything abnormal. Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Prostate-specific Antigen (PSA) is a substance found in the blood that is made by the prostate gland. It can be used to detect unusual activity in the prostate. PSA blood test A PSA test is a blood test that is done to see what a patient’s PSA level …

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ZERO Prostate Cancer Summit 2021

The most impactful week in the movement to end prostate cancer! The annual Summit is a meeting that connects patients, caregivers, and some of the leading educators, researchers, and thought leaders in the prostate cancer community. The ZERO Summit was virtual in 2021, full of informative session presentations, and downloadable educational materials. Visit their website for videos of presentations and more.

Regular Group Meetings

Regular prostate cancer support meetings are held by various groups in Ontario and other provinces.  Here is a partial list of when they occur and links to get more information: 1st Tuesday Date Speaker Topic/Subject First Tuesday Prostate Cancer Support Toronto website   Third Tuesday Prostate Cancer Support Toronto website Fourth Tuesday Burlington  

Video: “There IS Sex after Prostate Cancer!”

November 2020 Awareness Night There IS Sex after Prostate Cancer! Dr. Stephen Holzapfel, MD, CCFP, FCFP Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, and Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, U. Toronto Dir. of the Sexual Medicine Counselling Unit Dept. of Family and Community Medicine at Women’s College Hospital His goals for the Awareness Nights presentation was to provide some education on the sexual effects of Prostate Cancer to men and their partners, potential treatments for these, to answer questions and to facilitate a discussion among members of the audience around this intimate and often taboo subject.  He wanted to …

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Invitation letter for ZOOM June 16th Peer Support Meeting

Dear PCCN Toronto member We hope you are keeping well and safe. If you are currently undergoing treatment, we trust it is going well and wish you all the best. Because of the current situation, our in-person Peer Support Group (PSG) meetings at the Valleyview Residence and Awareness Night meetings at Toronto Botanical Gardens have been suspended for the time being. The PCCN-Toronto Board of Directors decided to have these meetings online using the ZOOM teleconferencing platform. After a few successful, experimental sessions with a small number of persons, we are now opening this up to a larger group. Our …

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