Diagnosed with prostate cancer?
We are a prostate cancer support group helping men in the Oakville, Mississauga and surrounding areas. We offer fellowship and guidance through personal experiences. We have made the journey! We can help.
We are part of the Prostate Cancer Canada Network
We meet every month in the friendly, no-pressure environment of Wellspring Birmingham-Gilgan House and are always ready to welcome visitors. Whether you want to come once or on a regular basis, please know that the group is there for you, ready with experience, encouragement, understanding and support.
In 2018, we averaged two new attendees per meeting, often with their spouses, at our monthly Support Group meetings. So if you are thinking of coming don’t imagine that you will be the only new guy in a room full of regulars.
We understand that some men are reluctant to open up on a first visit and we are quite happy if you choose just to sit and listen (or email me and we can talk one-on-one). The choice is yours.
What Can Prostate Cancer Canada Do For You?
- Prostate Cancer Canada “Expert Angle” webinars are one of your best sources of information on all aspects of prostate cancer (click on ‘Past Presentations’)
- “I have Prostate Cancer – Now What?” Use the resources of Prostate Cancer Canada to help your understanding and decision making. Talk with an Information Specialist
- “Advanced Prostate Cancer” Information about advanced disease, living with advanced prostate cancer, palliative care and information for caregivers and loved ones
- For more information on Prostate Cancer Canada, please go to their website, check out the resources available to you and subscribe to the free monthly e-Newsletter
What Can Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House Do For You?
More than 85 per cent of cancer patients experience the non-medical consequences of cancer and its treatment: the fear, anxiety, pain, isolation, financial worries and guilt. Through one-to-one peer support, group support activities, learned coping skills, rehabilitation and nutrition programs, and much, much more, Wellspring has helped thousands of people take an active role in controlling their cancer experience to improve their quality of life. Wellspring Birmingham-Gilgan House
Thank You to Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House for your support and for providing the facilities for our meeting.
Current Meetings & Events
At our May meeting, representatives from our sponsor Astellas Canada will introduce Robert Kulik from Patient Access Solutions.
Robert will explain to us the approval procedure for new drugs in Canada and, more importantly, how we as prostate cancer patients can access such drugs.
The drug development pipeline has given our oncologists a much wider range of choices in the past 5-10 years and made it so much more difficult for us as patients to understand our options.
Hopefully, after this meeting, we will better understand how the system works and what questions to ask.
As usual, we will always have time to listen to the questions you ask. If you are considering coming out for the first time, please be assured we will take the time for your questions or concerns, regardless of where you are in your prostate cancer journey. We are here to help.
Policy on PSA Testing
Prostate Cancer Canada has updated its Recommendations on the PSA Test to endorse and follow the guidance of the Canadian Urological Association. The PSA test is a key step in early diagnosis of prostate cancer and the recommendation is to begin testing at age 50 (age 45 if you have any other risk factors). Future testing would then depend on your PSA result and discussions with your doctor.
Our group certainly has many living examples of the value of PSA testing and we’d be happy to chat with you about it at any time.
Prostate Cancer Updates
Each month, we send out a short, easy-to-read review of new developments and articles of interest in the field of Prostate Cancer.
If you’d like to be added to our mailing list, drop us a line at
firstname.lastname@example.org (email link above).
Other PCCN Group Meetings (all are welcome to attend)
PCCN Brampton – 2nd Tuesday each month, 7pm at Wellspring Chinguacousy (5 Inspiration Way, Brampton).
Dr. Andrew Loblaw from Sunnybrook makes a welcome return on May 14th. Dr. Loblaw is a world leader in new radiation therapy techniques. Don’t miss this great opportunity.
PCCN Burlington – Last Tuesday of every month at 7 pm – YMCA, 500 Drury Lane, Burlington.
PCCN Waterloo-Wellington – 4th Tuesday each month at 7 pm
Rockway Centre, 1405 King Street East, Kitchener. Answering Service 226-240-9264
Hamilton Prostate Cancer Group – 4th Wednesday each month, 7:30 pm St Mark’s United Church, Governor’s Rd. & Creighton Rd, Dundas, ON.
Warriors Group for Advanced Prostate Cancer
PCCN Toronto has a sub-group for men and women dealing with advanced prostate cancer. Here is an opportunity for men and their partners to meet and learn from knowledgeable fellow survivors. If you feel this may be applicable to you, you might want to join their meetings or join their Facebook group.