Michael Izenis our guest speaker for our Mar.25th monthly meeting. This promises to become a fascinating program event. In researching Michae Izenl, Bob Tomyk found sound interesting stories From:Michael IzenTo read read more

Mike is a 50 year old terminal prostate cancer guy in Vancouver who has recently written a book on his experiencetitled “Finger Up The Bum: A Guide to my Prostate Cancer www.fingerupthebumbook.com

Read more about Michael Izen


Some notes


Review of February Speaker on Brachytherapy - Video at click here

Dr. Peters compared Low Dose Rate Brachytherapy (LDR) with High Dose Radiation (HDR) Brachytherapy. Low dose rate brachytherapy involves the placement of between 80-120 seeds directly into the prostate gland and the radiation lasts upwards of 6 months. The HDR brachytherapy procedure takes approximately two hours total for the procedure, however the delivery of the radiation source takes only about 10 minutes and following the procedure the patient is not left with any residual radiation. The Cancer Centre for the Southern Interior in Kelowna has been offering the HDR Brachytherapy procedure for its patients for approximately 5 years, and was started by Drs. Crook and Bachand. Video available from our library. For more on the presentation click here

April 29, 2017: Sarah Weller, Certified Exercise Physiologist, Oncology, TrueNTH lifestyle Management, BC Implementation Team

Sarah’s programs are part of theTrueNTHLifestyle Management initiative, funded by Prostate Cancer Canada and the Movember Foundation and are instructed by Kinesiologists in community settings.The goal is to have free or low cost programs available across Canada for men with prostate cancer and their spouses.

Short Notice But!! You can take Part in the TrueNTH program next week, March 22 at the YMCA.Sarah is very excited to let us know that we have a TrueNTH exercise program coming to the Surrey Community on March 22, from the Tong Loui YMCA. It is free to anyone with a prostate cancer diagnosis and spouses are also welcome to attend for a small fee.

SURREY TrueNTH Program @ Tong Loui YMCA


Start date: Wednesday 22nd March, 2017

Location: Tong Loui YMCA, Surrey, 14988 57 Avenue.

To sign up, please emailhealth@gv.ymca.caor phone604-320-5813.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah as she is facilitating the program set up in these community locations.

Sarah Weller, BAppSci(HMS)

Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP), Oncology

TrueNTH Lifestyle Management - BC Implementation Team


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May 27, 2017: Jacob Gordon B.Sc.(Hons), PhD Candidate Faculty Of Pharmaceutical Sciences UBC. Topic to be the work at Vancouver Prostate Centre revolving around cholesterol and prostate cancer.

June 24, 2017: To be announced

In the Fall session: (month to be confirmed in July)

Dr. Alexander Wyatt, PhD, Senior Research Scientist Van. Prostate Cancer Centre, Assistant Professor, Dept. of urology Sciences UBC.

Topic - genomics and difference between aggressive and non – aggressive prostate cancers

Prostate Cancer Foundation BC Events

Sun May 7, 2017

BMO Vancouver Marathon

Become a charity runner in support of Prostate Cancer Foundation BC at the BMO Vancouver Marathon’s RUN4HOPE program. 35% off for charity runners of Prostate Cancer Foundation BC.

For more information, please visitcrowdrise.com

Sun May 28, 2017

Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live

There are two start locations for the ride – Vancouver and Chilliwack, B.C. – both rides will join together at the final stop in Cloverdale for the ride to live BBQ, show and shine and celebration. Join the members of the 911 Community in the Battle against Prostate Cancer.www.ridetolive.ca/

Area: Vancouver/ Chilliwack

Sun June 18, 2017

Raymond James Walk/Run

June 18th, we will be "blueing" the day with a walk, a run, a celebration. It is a great way to show your support for all the men in your life. Join us for the Raymond James Walk/Run in Metro Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops and the Fraser Valley. To register or for more information clickhere.

Area: Metro Vancouver,

This has nothing todo with prostate cancerbut:-

Are you wondering how yourtax returnfor 2016 might look different than in prior years? Here's a summaryfrom the Globe and Mailof the key changesyou'll notice when preparing or reviewing your 2016 personaltax return.Click here

How have your taxes, fees, etc. gone up this year -Click here

Were seniors left out of this year’s budget? -Click here

Have you ever wondered about the batteries in electric cars. Can they be over charged? Do they wear out? Whats the warranty?

Here is a site worth looking at for the auto enthusiast:

1 What You Should Know About Today’s Electric Car Batteries

2 A Simple Training Guide for New Electric Car Drivers


More about Diet and Nutrition and prostate cancer. At our last support group meeting there was several questions raised on the use of foods to fight cancer. Food will not cure cancer but it does a lot, along with exercise, to boost the immune system and support treatment. To read more on this click here

To read about foods to avoid click here

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Dr. Peacock on Radiation and High Definition Brachytherapy - Dr. Peacock spoke to our group in January. His talk, although on Radiation Therapy both external beam and brachytherapy and the future both hold for the treatment of prostate cancer,the over riding theme is how changes in technology are improving the treatment of prostate cancer.To view is talk, click here

Dr. Cox was our keynote speaker in November and brought our year of meetings to an enspiring and hopeful end. His informative presentation onManaging prostate cancer in the modern era.” was divided into 5 video selections and posted on our web site For members who have WiFi difficulty we made Dr. Cox’s presentation into a DVD so that may be borrowed to view at home.


Dr. Yang and Dr. YankoGave a joint presentation in May 2016 and Dr. Yanko in October 2016.Their talks may be described as a basic course on the prostate, call it Prostate 101. Dr. Yang specializes in laparoscopic surgery while Dr. Yanko specializes in complications following treatment. Dr. Yang presents information on the function of the prostate and the many things that can go wrong with it, including BPH and cancer. Dr. Yanko talked about the complications of prostate cancer treatments. The presentations of Dr. Yang and Dr. Yanko were videoed and edited into short clips. They may be viewed on our web site. Click here A DVD copy is available from our Library.


On Oct. 1st Dr. Richard Wassersugfrom the Dept. of Urologic Science of UBC, gave a presentation on 'The Reality of the ADT (i.e., Hormone Therapy) and Managing ADT Side Effects’Dr. Wassersug emphasized that his presentation was directed at thepartners of patientson hormone therapy, although some patients may find his talk useful (I know I did). To view his presentation click here


The BMO Marathon for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC

Please read and share this link. Hillary is the top fundraiser so far for the BMO Marathon and she is running for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC.A great story about why this cause is so important to her.



Please Note:Our videos are not on You Tube. To keep videos manageable and secure they are programmed differently. Videos are designed to be responsive, that is they will readjust to the size of a cell phone, tablet or computer screen. For large tablets and computers, VIDEOS SHOULD BE VIEWED FULL SCREEN, click here for directions on how to do this. Dependingon the mood of the internet and/or your internet package, it could take 10 to 20 seconds, or longer, to download.


Funding our support group - Funding research - Funding Awareness

Federal and Provincial fund raisers.

Where does the money come from and where does it go?

Three sources. We belong to the BC Support Group Council and are part of the Prostate Cancer Foundation BC. We are also part of the Prostate Cancer Canada Network and as such are affiliated with Prostate Cancer Canada.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation BC (PCFBC) help support groups in our Province with major contributions, for example our sound system was purchased by them. PCFBC also provides many other resources like brochures etc. PCFBC hosts major conferences that help keep support group leaders informed and in touch with one another. PCFBC also puts money into BC research facilities providing funding into areas that tend to be not within the scope of the major funding source, Prostate Cancer Canada.

Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC), has as its major goal, providing big bucks (millions) for research into prostate cancer centres across Canada. As Dr. Cox mentioned in his presentation the Vancouver Prostate Centre is a major recipient of PCC and Movember funds. PCC helps support groups nationally not with money, but by linking us together through the Prostate Cancer Canada Network (PCCN )and providing national resources such as national webinars, an excellent national web sitethat I refer to weekly for information, pamphlets, pins etc etc. Through the PCCN network we gain and share tremendous knowledge from one another. PCCN Calgary and PCCN Toronto have excellent web sites and provide video in formation to support groups across Canada. PCC also provides some money to Provincial Foundations across Canada in support of Provincial Conferences.

Our support group through the involvement of Dr. Ng of the Mountainview Wellness Centre and Choices Markets has a pancake breakfast every September during prostate cancer month. The funds we raise goes to support:-

Our Library is a real source of pride as it provides a wealth of information but it isn’t cheap and we can’t expect our Foundation or PCC to just fund us.

Our web site is for men living in the Fraser Health Authority and is designed as an extension of our monthly meeting. When you look at our videos, you are in our facility and join our monthly meeting.

Great care is taken to design our web site as a resource for our mentoring team. When newly diagnosed men, or men with advancing disease, or men with treatment effects, or care givers, call a member of our mentoring team (see the contact page), we can refer them to a video, or page in the web site that we can use for a discussion. These pages are information by experts in our area. We take a video of our presenters and publish these on our web site and we also provide DVD disks for those with poor internet connections and we are now moving into providing USB flash drives for those without internet support..

Our web site is called a restorative site which means it can be viewed on a computer, and will change to make viewing easier and clearer on a tablet or cell phone.

Funds for these endeavors we raise through a Pancake Breakfast initiated in 2011 by Dr. Ng of the Mountain View Wellness Centre and Choices Markets in South Surrey.


The following will link to all videos on our web site. (I hope!)


TheVancouverProstate Centre’s - Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Programat the Vancouver General Hospital is for men newly diagnosed, and for those who have received treatment.

TheVancouverProstate Centre’s - Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Programat the Vancouver General Hospital is for men newly diagnosed, and for those who have received treatment.

Much has changed in the Support men can now receive. TheProstate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Programis at The Vancouver Prostate Centrenow is an excellent option. Theymay be contacted without a referral and do work with your doctor.

Contact Number: 604-875-4485


Click here for a PCSC Program Summary (PDF opens in new window)

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