Michael Izenаis our guest speaker for our Mar.25th monthly meeting. аThis promises to become a fascinating program event. а In researching Michae Izenl, Bob Tomyk found sound interesting stories From:аMichael IzenаTo read read moreаа

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

а ааRead more about Michael Izen


Some notes


This has nothing todo with prostate cancerаbutаare you wondering how yourаtax returnаfor 2016 might look different than in prior years?а

Here's a summaryаfrom the Globe and Mailаof the key changesаyou'll notice when preparing or reviewing your 2016 personalаtax return.аClick here


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


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,аthe over riding theme is how changes in technology are improving the treatment of prostate cancer.аTo 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 onаManaging prostate cancer in the modern era.” was divided into 5 video selections and posted on our web siteа 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. YankoаGave a joint presentation in May 2016 and Dr. Yanko in October 2016.аTheir 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. аClick here A DVD copy is available from our Library.


On аOct. 1st Dr. Richard Wassersugаfrom 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’аDr. Wassersug emphasized that his presentation was directed at theаpartners of patientsаon hormone therapy, although some patients may find his talk useful (I know I did). аTo view his presentation аclick hereа


The BMO Marathon for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC

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



Please Note:аOur 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. Dependingааon 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? 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. We also have a Pancake Breakfast supported by Dr. Ng of the Mountainview Wellness Centre and Choices Markets.

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 funds. PCC helps support groups nationally not with money, but by linking us together through the Prostate Cancer Canada Network (PCCN )аand providing national resources such as national webinars, an excellent national web siteаthat 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.

Where does the money and resources go?

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.а

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..а

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!)


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

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

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

Contact Number: 604-875-4485аа


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

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