A Re-think About PSA Testing

Benefits of PSA Test for Prostate Cancer Substantially Greater than Generally Appreciated The benefits of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test to screen men for prostate cancer may be greater than the harm, say investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian, University of Washington School of Medicine and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. While organizations such as the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the American Academy of Family Physicians have been lukewarm or opposed to the routine use of the PSA test, in a commentary published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the investigators demonstrate that these recommendations …

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New test may help detect prostate cancer earlier and with greater accuracy

A new type of test that uses complex sugars to detect prostate cancer earlier and with greater accuracy is being developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham. The test works by identifying sugars, known as glycans, in blood. These sugars are attached to protein molecules called PSA and are known to undergo distinct but subtle changes when cancer is present in the body. Read the article.

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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Ears the truth about chocolate bunnies

With the world preparing to celebrate its first Easter amid a global pandemic, we have some much-needed good news to share. (Dark) Chocolate is maybe actually good for you! Read the article.

Coronavirus Part 1

(Here is a preview of an article by one of PCCN-Toronto’s favourite Awareness Night speakers.  He has a regular column in US Too’s Hot Sheet.) Coronavirus Part 1 (Hopefully There is No Part 2 Because We Will Have Conquered Corona Quickly) by Mark A. Moyad, MD, MPH My Hot SHEET column does not come out for a few weeks, so I have been asked to provide some personal thoughts on the obvious situation occurring. In addition to my public health background, I have previously worked with other infectious agents that have impacted many people. Let me be candid here. I am …

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Latest Update

Last updated: 2021 April 20 Welcome! We are now formally known as Prostate Cancer Support Toronto.  This was prompted by the merger of Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) with the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS).  For details, see our September message below. Our next Prostate Cancer Support Toronto Peer Support Group Meeting will be on the Zoom platform on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021. To register for the meeting, click here.   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. Our next Awareness Night will be on Wed. May 26th, 2021 with Dr. Andrew Matthew (Princess Margaret Cancer Centre) on …

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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 <

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