Latest Coronavirus Update

Last updated: 2020 September 23 Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: PCCN Peer Support Group Meeting over the Zoom platform.  The next one is Tuesday, October, 6th.  The link to register for the meeting will be posted here about a week before.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. Our Next Awareness Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30th.  Dr. Jack Barkin will present on “HIFU-The Prostate Cancer Lumpectomy! Focused treatment to kill the cancer – NOT-your Quality of Life”.  Click here to register for the meeting. A Message from PCCN – Toronto …

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Nutrition Podcast by Dr. Rob Rutledge

See and listen to Oncologist Rob Rutledge and Professor Gabriela Ilie as they interview Nutrition and Cancer Coach Jill Haverstock BScAHN in the science and practicality of the best diet to follow after a cancer diagnosis.  New episodes will be posted daily during March 2020. View them here.

Video: “Active Surveillance Decisions”

November 2019 Awareness Night Active Surveillance Decisions (Why, Who, How, and When you know it’s time to be treated) Dr. Danny Vesprini, MD, MSc, FRCPC Affiliate Scientist, Biological Sciences, Odette Cancer Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute Radiation Oncologist, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre Asst. Prof., Dept. of Radiation Oncology, U. of Toronto     CLICK ON THE ARROW TO START THE VIDEO The Complete Presentation 1:04:57 minutes <

New Incision-Free Ultrasound Treatment for Prostate Cancer Unveiled

A new study of this pioneering new approach uses sound waves to heat and destroy tumors and leaves the healthy surrounding tissue untouched according to Science Daily. This minimally invasive method that is called MRI-guided transurethral ultrasound ablation (TULSA) relies on a rod-shaped device that is inserted directly into the urethra and are controlled by a software algorithm. What’s even more remarkable is that the entire procedure — called Tulsa-pro – is done in an MRI scanner and not in an operating room. This treatment is not available in North America at present. Read the article.

Video: “Imaging in Prostate Cancer”

July 2019 Awareness Night Imaging in Prostate Cancer, The Whats, Wheres, Whys and Whens Dr. Chirag Patel,]BSc (Hons), MBBS, MRCP, FRCR Asst Prof., U. of Toronto Dept of Medical Imaging Site Lead, U. of Toronto Abdominal Imaging Fellowship Program Abdominal Radiologist and Head of Abdominal Imaging Division, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Dept of Medical Imaging   CLICK ON THE ARROW TO START THE VIDEO The Complete Presentation 1:06:02 minutes <  

Video: “Complete Prostate Cancer Care: the Science and Practice of Empowerment”

October 2019 Special Awareness Night Complete Prostate Cancer Care: the Science and Practice of Empowerment Dr. Dr. Rob Rutledge MD, FRCPC Radiation Oncologist, Nova Scotia Cancer Centre Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology Dalhousie University Chair & CEO, Healing and Cancer Foundation     Oncologist Rob Rutledge provides a dynamic overview of science of the healthy lifestyle habits-mind-body connection, proven healing skills and much more.  The presentation offers a complete guide of what you should be doing to maximize your health and happiness after a prostate cancer diagnosis. CLICK ON THE ARROW TO START THE VIDEO The Main Presentation 46:56 …

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Prostate Cancer Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society agree to amalgamate

Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) and the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) have agreed to amalgamate. See the announcement here. ( It is important to note that PCCN-Toronto will continue to provide support, as we have for over 26 years (before PCC was formed) to prostate cancer patients, their families, caregivers and friends. That means that Peer Support Meetings, Awareness Nights, hospital/clinic visits, phone/email support, etc. will carry on as before. At this time, it is not clear where our group will fit within CCS. PCCN is an umbrella organization of support groups across the country, which our group, formerly known as …

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Newsletter December 2019

Awareness: The PCCN-Toronto and Side by Side Prostate Cancer Support Groups Newsletter. In this Issue: Phil Segal ends three year term as chair John Roth and Keith Braganza become co-chairs November Awareness Night  Dr. Danny Vesprini talks about active surveilence TrueNTH Peer Navigation program for one-on-one support Our next Awareness Night – March 25, 2020 – Program to be determined Our sponsors September Awareness Night – Dr. Neil Fleshner discussed different risk factors and the Genetic Risk Assessment Program at UHN Holiday Get-together photos PCCN-Toronto represented at PCC Wake UP Call Breakfast PCCN-Toronto receives award from PCC This just in …

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Gleason 6 Is Bogus Prostate Cancer

Noted urologic surgeon Bert Vorstman, MD, MS, FAAP, FRACS, FACS today has issued a stinging report regarding the unreliable PSA test, the mislabeling of the common Gleason 6 prostate disease as a cancer, and the misrepresentation that the radical (robotic) prostatectomy treatment is scientifically proven to be safe and effective – a charade that represents an outrageous and shameful trifecta of abominations. Read the article.

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