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
Our guest speaker in November will be Dr. Joelle Helou, a radiation oncologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto.
Dr. Helou will summarize currently available radiation treatment options for prostate cancer and how they are used for patients at all stages of their disease – whether it be a favourable or unfavourable prognosis or even for metastatic disease.
Radiation treatment for prostate cancer has changed greatly in the past 10 years with the introduction and use of HDR brachytherapy, stereotactic (SBRT) radiation, MRI-guided radiation, etc. Dr. Helou will discuss the research studies underway at PMCC and how these will fit into future strategies for fighting prostate cancer.
This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear a leading researcher from a world-class institution right here in our own backyard.
November 28th Light Up Wellspring.
This wonderful facility deserves our support. Please join us on Thursday, November 28 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. for a holiday bake sale, quilted items sale, silent auction, festive treats, bazaar and refreshments. The official lighting ceremony will take place at 6:00 p.m., so please bring your family and friends.
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).
November speaker will be Walter Eadie from PCCN-Oakville who will present “A layman’s guide to Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT)”
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
PCCN Toronto – Tuesday November 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Danny Vesprini (Sunnybrook Health Science Centre)
Current Developments In Active Surveillance (Why, Who, how and When you know it’s time to be treated).
PCCN Toronto – Warriors Group (for Advanced Prostate Cancer)
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.