Past Meetings

Have a look at some of the presentations made at our past meetings, where available...

Dr. Andrew Loblaw, , “Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer”

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 - 7:00pm

This presentation will deal with hormone therapy as used in treating various types of advanced prostate cancer:

  • hormone sensitive non-metastatic
  • hormone sensitive metastatic
  • castrate resistant non-metastatic

Dr. Loblaw is one of our favourite speakers and is the referring physician for our Cruisin’ for a Cure show on September 8th.

Dr. Loblaw is a Radiation Oncologist, Clinician Scientist, and dual Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Institute of Health Policy Management & Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Loblaw received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of British Columbia and his Doctor of Medicine from Queen’s University.  He completed his specialty training in Radiation Oncology concurrent with a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology to graduate from Royal College’s Clinician Investigator Program all at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Loblaw’s clinical practice and research interest focus on improving outcomes for men with prostate cancer and the healthcare system. He has a particular interest in the design and conduct of clinical trials, the generation and dissemination of evidence-based guidelines and in image-guided radiotherapy.

Dr. Loblaw is an Ontario Association of Radiation Oncology Clinician Scientist and a Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute. A Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO), he was previous Co-Chair of the ASCO’s Genitourinary Advisory Group and remains Co-Chair of the GU group for Cancer Care Ontario’s Program in Evidence-Based Care. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers and has been awarded grant funding of over $35M.

You can forward your questions or suggestions to: info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you downstairs at Wellspring Chinguacousy Cancer Support Centre, 5 Inspiration Way, Brampton, ON L6R 0L7, west of Torbram Road and south of Father Tobin Drive.  Parking is well lit and free and there is an elevator if you require one.

Our Annual Sharing Meeting Postponed from February

Tuesday, 9 April 2019 - 7:00pm

April 9th will be our annual Sharing Meeting. All in attendance will have the chance to share their own current status and to find out how other members are doing.

These meetings are always very informative and give us the opportunity to support our fellow members and to be supported in our turn.

Please consider coming out and sharing your experience and concerns with the group.

You can forward your questions or suggestions to: info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Wellspring Chinguacousy Cancer Support Centre, 5 Inspiration Way, Brampton, ON  L6R 0L7. The building is located west of Torbram Drive and South of Father Tobin Drive.

Parking is well lit and free and there is an elevator!

Polin Hung, St. John Ambulance – “First Aid Training and Volunteering in Your Community”

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 - 7:00pm

Polin Hung, is the Unit Chief, Outreach & Education, St. John Ambulance Peel Branch.

Polin has been a volunteer with St. John Ambulance since 2008 as a Medical First Responder, providing advanced medical first aid at community events, notably the Pan Am / Para Pan Am Games and Ontario Summer Games.

She also serves as the Unit Chief of Outreach and Education, leading a team of St. John Ambulance Ambassadors who educate the community on the importance of first aid training and giving back through volunteering.   

Her other passions include working as a Professional Engineer for the Government of Canada and being an adoptive parent to an assortment of rescues from Animal Services and Toronto Humane Society.

Polin is well known to Paul Henshall and Jim Dorsey from various community health events where she volunteered to provide medical first aid. After many conversations, we asked her if St. John Ambulance could provide first aid services for our Cruisin’ for a Cure every September. Over the past two years, the St. John Ambulance volunteers have become an integral part of our annual event.

Since its founding in Quebec City in 1883, St. John Ambulance has been providing first aid training and volunteer services to Canadian communities. Their stated mission is:

To enable Canadians to improve their health, safety and quality of life by providing training and community service…through community service, and first aid, and CPR training.

Please come out on March 12th and meet Polin; her presentation promises to be quite informative.

You can forward your questions or suggestions to: info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650

We look forward to seeing you at Wellspring Chinguacousy Cancer Support Centre, 5 Inspiration Way, Brampton, ON L6R 0L7.  The building is located west of Torbram Road and south of Father Tobin Drive.

Parking is well lit and free - and there is an elevator!

Our Annual Sharing Meeting CANCELLED

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 - 7:00pm

Due to extremely inclement weather on February 12th our annual Sharing Meeting was postponed until April 9th.

 

Stop / Start / Continue Meeting

Tuesday, 8 January 2019 - 7:00pm

Paul Henshall will once again lead us through the Stop / Start / Continue exercise to discuss what we do now that we should stop, what we should start doing and what we should continue doing. YOUR ideas and suggestions and complaints will be most welcome.

Remember that our group’s two objectives are:

  • To support men and their families affected by prostate cancer, especially those newly diagnosed.
  • To increase public awareness of prostate cancer

We accomplish the second objective through our various awareness activities at trade shows, at church and corporate health fairs and at car shows and cruise nights, with our flagship event, Cruisin’ for a Cure, being the most impactful. We will continue with these activities unless someone can come up with a better way to reach men and their families.

However, for a variety of reasons, meeting our first and arguably more urgent objective is becoming increasingly difficult, due to such factors as every man’s natural reluctance to open up to strangers, the wealth of resources available online and the continuing controversy surrounding the use of the PSA blood test to test for potential prostate cancer.

Rest assured that all support groups are scrambling for ways to increase or perhaps just to maintain their membership levels. That is always the topic most discussed whenever the leaders of support groups get together. It has been suggested that we consider a second daytime meeting on the same day as the evening meeting. Discuss. J

PCCN Brampton continues to represent Ontario on the Canadian Prostate Cancer Support Group Council with support group leaders from other Provinces. None of us can come up with any really good ways to contact newly diagnosed men without huge budgets for advertising and/or many volunteers to approach local Family Health Centres or to staff a support room at Brampton Civic Hospital if one could be made available. There are no fixed clinic days at BCC; hence we would have to staff a support room five days a week.

You can forward your questions or suggestions to: info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Wellspring Chinguacousy Cancer Support Centre, 5 Inspiration Way, Brampton, ON L6R 0L7.  The building is located west of Torbram Road and south of Father Tobin Drive. 

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there is an elevator!

Annual Christmas Dinner & Social Evening

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - 7:00pm

This is our annual Christmas Social Evening, with no scheduled speaker. It will be a relaxed evening of visiting with members new and old and catching up. Anne Breakey Hart of Prostate Cancer Canada, will formally accept our annual donation. 

You can also purchase Rock the Road Raffle tickets from Anne this year.  Price is $25 per ticket or three for $60. Cash only, please! The grand prize this year is a 2018 Acura NSX valued at over $235,000. Get more information at www.rocktheroadraffle.ca 

The Steering Committee has again voted to bring in Chinese specialties from Mandarin Restaurant.  As we requested last year:

  • ALL members and guests MUST RSVP so that we can order enough food.
  • By popular request, we welcome your free-will donations to help defray the cost. 

Please keep in mind that while the Mandarin is noted for its buffet, what you will see on the serving tables is what we have for all to share. There will be no courteous staff restocking empty containers. 

PLEASE R.S.V.P. to GARY FOOTE @ 905-458-6650 OR EMAIL info@pccnbrampton.ca

We look forward to seeing you at Wellspring Chinguacousy Prostate Cancer Support Centre, 5 Inspiration Way, Brampton, ON L6R 0L7.  The building is located west of Torbram Road and south of Father Tobin Drive. 

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there is an elevator!

Dr. Stuart Edmonds, Prostate Cancer Canada, “Progress in Prostate Cancer”

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 - 7:00pm

Dr. Stuart Edmonds is the Vice President, Research, Health Promotion and Survivorship at Prostate Cancer Canada. We are honoured to have him coming to Brampton to update us on PCC's research funding program.

Dr. Edmonds will highlight some of the recent breakthroughs in prostate cancer research and discuss some of the questions that still need to be answered.

From www.prostatecancer.ca: “Dr. Stuart Edmonds joined Prostate Cancer Canada in February 2012. During his time at the organization he has spearheaded the launch of the Research Strategic Plan, providing the direction for research and survivorship activities for 2012-2015. From this plan, PCC has launched numerous new research programs based on the key pillars: Collaboration, Innovation and Talented People. Dr. Edmonds has also instituted a fair and transparent peer review process to steward and safeguard funds raised in support of prostate cancer research and to ensure that only the most promising, high quality research is funded.

Prior to joining PCC Dr. Edmonds held leadership roles at the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance and the National Cancer Institute of Canada. Stuart holds a doctorate in pharmacology from Oxford University.”

You can forward your questions or suggestions on any subject to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Wellspring Chinguacousy Prostate Cancer Support Centre, 5 Inspiration Way, Brampton, ON L6R 0L7.  The building is located west of Torbram Road and south of Father Tobin Drive.

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there is an elevator!

Peter Bombaci, Founder and Chief Connection Officer, The GenWell Project

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 - 7:00pm

Many of you will remember Peter Bombaci as the man who brought Movember to Canada. Under his leadership, the Movember Foundation teamed up with Prostate Cancer Canada to fund important research into prostate cancer. That relationship continues to this day. From Peter's LinkedIn Profile:

Pete is a passionate, grassroots brand builder who both develops business strategy and then translates that strategy into 360° multi-channel activation. He has a passion for building great culture and leading cohesive teams focused on a well laid out vision. His background includes senior level leadership roles across a broad experience base which has taken him from sales to marketing to CEO type roles, from for-profit to not-for-profit and from working for major corporations to having launched his own independent consulting business and a passion initiative, The Generator Project.

He is a charismatic and visionary business leader who believes that by doing the right thing every day, exceptional results are created. His engaging leadership style comes from an enthusiasm and genuine desire to help others, as well as the belief that building a great culture encourages collaboration, great execution and ultimately bottom line results.

Pete has recently taken a pause in his career to launch his passion project, The GenWell Project, a campaign that has been in the making for over a decade. The mission of The GenWell Project is to make the world a happier and healthier place by reminding people of the importance of face to face social connection and inspiring them to take action.

Pete is frequently a guest speaker and commentator who has contributed opinion pieces for print, magazines, on the radio and online.

Come out and meet this inspiring man. For more information, see www.genwellproject.org

You can forward your questions or suggestions on any subject to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or telephone 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Wellspring Chinguacousy Prostate Cancer Support Centre, 5 Inspiration Way, Brampton, ON L6R 0L7.  The building is located west of Torbram Road and south of Father Tobin Drive.

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there is an elevator!

 

Dr. Andrew Loblaw, "The Promise of Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR) for Primary and Metastatic Prostate Cancer.”

Tuesday, 8 May 2018 - 7:00pm

Dr. Loblaw's presentation will

  • review evidence supporting use of MRI-guided SABR for primary and metastatic prostate cancer
  • discuss optimal patient selection factors for SABR
  • discuss dosimetric predictors of SABR outcomes
  • review current and future clinical trials of SABR

We tend to take for granted that everybody knows Dr. Loblaw well, but for those unfamiliar with him, his updated biography follows:

Dr. Loblaw is a Radiation Oncologist, Clinician Scientist, and dual Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Institute of Health Policy Management & Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of British Columbia and his Doctor of Medicine from Queen’s University.  He completed his specialty training in Radiation Oncology concurrent with a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology to graduate from Royal College’s Clinician Investigator Program all at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Loblaw’s clinical practice and research interest focus on improving outcomes for men with prostate cancer and the healthcare system. He has a particularly interest in the design and conduct of clinical trials, the generation and dissemination of evidence-based guidelines and in image-guided radiotherapy.

Dr. Loblaw is an Ontario Association of Radiation Oncology Clinician Scientist and a Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute. A Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO), he was previous Co-Chair of the ASCO’s Genitourinary Advisory Group and remains Co-Chair of the GU group for Cancer Care Ontario’s Program in Evidence-Based Care. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers and has been awarded grant funding of over $35M. 

Forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or call 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, ON L6T 4G6.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs.

Dr. Rupi Mitha, “A Natural Approach to Men’s Health”

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 - 7:00pm

Dr. Rupi Mitha is a Registered Naturopathic Doctor in the City of Brampton.  During this talk, she will speak of the role of Naturopathic Medicine in all aspects of Men’s Health.  She enjoys educating and answering questions and she hopes that the night will leave our members with a better trust and understanding of Naturopathic Medicine.

In addition to running her own practice in Northeast Brampton, she is a faculty member at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and supervises interns at the Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic that operates at the Brampton Civic Hospital

Dr. Mitha advises that “The Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic provides an opportunity for 4th year students at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine to experience seeing real patients in a hospital setting.  It is the only project of its kind in North America and thanks to the cooperation of the William Osler group and Provincial health grants, the clinic is provided free of charge to those patients willing to travel to the Brampton Civic Hospital.  The clinic runs Tuesday through Friday from 4-8 pm. I have been a clinical supervisor since its inception in 2013.”

She can be contacted at:

Dr. Rupi Mitha ND
In GoodHands Wellness
905-453-5858
www.ingoodhandswellness.com

Forward your questions or suggestions to:  info@pccnbrampton.ca or call 905-458-6650.

We look forward to seeing you at Norton Place Park Community Centre, 170 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, ON L6T 4G6.  The building is located north of Clark, east of West Drive and west of Dixie Road. (GPS coordinates 43°42'27.5"N 79°43'39.5"W)

Parking is plentiful, well lit and free - and there are no stairs.

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