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.
To-date in 2019 we have had 16 new attendees, 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 recently asked Canadians about their knowledge of prostate cancer. The results were staggering, suggesting 1.5 million Canadian men 50+ are not seeking early prostate cancer testing through the PSA blood test. The survey*, Men At Risk: The Prostate Cancer Testing Gap, shows that while awareness about the importance of early detection is high, Canadian men 50+ are not being tested.
Key survey findings – Canadian men aged 50+ are in denial
- An estimated 1 in 4 (1.5 million) Canadian men over 50 are not seeking early prostate cancer testing through the PSA blood test even though:
- 75% know that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men
- 72% know that survival is close to 100 per cent when detected early
Canadian men and women are well aware of prostate cancer and its health effects
- Almost one in two know someone who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer: a family member, friend or colleague
- One in five have been closely affected by prostate cancer, meaning they have been diagnosed or have a father or brother who has been diagnosed
- 72% know that prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men
- 68% know that survival is close to 100% if diagnosed early
One-third know that 50-59 years old is the recommended age for a first PSA test for most men
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
After two excellent guest speaker presentations (on “Sexual Intimacy After Prostate Cancer” and “The Role of Naturopathic Medicine in PC”), we will be back to a discussion evening on October 18th.
I have often said that these discussion evenings are what our Support Group is all about. Great as the guest presentations are, the discussion evenings are when we get to spend quality time with each other. We listen to new attendees and try to help with their questions and issues, and we share our knowledge, our experiences, and our humour around the room.
No, its not all serious stuff. We do know when to laugh. I hope you can join us.
Prostate Cancer Updates
September was Prostate Cancer Awareness month and Prostate Cancer Canada announced the latest round of their prostate cancer research grants. Looking through this list gives a good idea of the breadth and originality of the current investigations in prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer Canada and Movember awarded the funds through the Discovery Grant program to support new and innovative research.
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
email@example.com (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).
October speaker is Dr. Justine Blainey, Chiropractor.
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
October 22nd Special Presentation: Dr. Bobby Shayegan on Robotic Treatment of Prostate Cancer
Hamilton-Dundas Support Group – Wednesday October 30 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Mark’s United Church, Governor’s Road & Creighton Road, Dundas.
Dr. Kara Schnarr, Radiation Oncologist, will be discussing recent advances in the treatment of Prostate Cancer.
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.