Past Member Meetings

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Dr. Rodney Breau
Dr. Rodney Breau

Urologist Rodney Breau (shown at right) discussed the implementation of the da Vinci Robot at The Ottawa Hospital.

The da Vinci surgical robot enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions with increased vision, precision, dexterity and control. This line between robotics and the surgeon provides the opportunity to see and do things during surgery that are not possible with the limitations of human senses and agility. Dr. Rodney Breau is one of The Ottawa Hospital’s newest and most talented recruits. He is the currently the only trained surgeon on the da Vinci Robot at The Ottawa Hospital and in few short months it will likely be Dr. Breau who performs the very first robotic surgery at The Ottawa Hospital.

Rodney Breau completed medical school at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia prior to urology training in Ottawa. He then completed a Master’s of Science Degree in Biostatistics and Clinical Research at Mayo Clinic. He also completed a 2 year research and clinical fellowship in Urologic Oncology and Robotic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. He is on the American Urological Association Steering Committee for Evidence Based Urology and has published over 30 research articles and text book chapters.

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

7:30 p.m. Two presentations! Richard Cathcart, longtime Ottawa Member and former Chairman began the discussion with a status report on the new partial androgen blockade being provided by Degarelix (Firmagon) instead of Goserelin (Zoladex, AstrZeneca). Goserelin, over the past 15 years, was able to reduce Richard's PSA from 89 upon diagnosis in 1995 to 0.200--virtually negligible. But about 8 months ago his PSA level started to rise appreciably to about 13. So oncologist Libni Eapen suggested a research effort using Degarelix. This trial is being coordinated by Dr. Shawn Malone at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre. (See video, below.

Peter Maddocks, a new member of PCCN, spoke about his own diagnosis and intitial treatment. Peter also reviewed an excellent new DVD compilation of survivor stories entitled "Men Talking to Men about Prostate Cancer: An interactive DVD that addresses what MEN at various points along the cancer trajectory think other MEN should know." The DVD was funded by the Grand River Motorcycle Ride for Dad, supported by the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, PCCN Oakville-Mississauga, HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre, Wellspring Halton-Peel, Guelph-Wellington Prostate Cancer Support Group, and the Owen Sound Hospital. The DVD can also be viewed online.

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

A Jolly Good TIme!
A Jolly Good TIme!

It was a social evening of snacks, drinks, chatting and some jamming, a fine opportunity to meet new members, huddle with old ones.

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Dried Prostate Award
Dried Prostate Award

The Dried Prostate Award was presented to Jennifer Smylie, Tamzin Cathers and Marian Waldie, of the Cancer Assessment Clinic (CAC) and they described the setup and ongoing work of the Cancer Assessment Clinic at The Ottawa Hospital. The Prostate Cancer Information Guide and Personal Record created by the CAC is available here.

Videos of presentations made at the meeting are available, below.

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Maureen MacDonald, ND
Maureen MacDonald, ND

Maureen MacDonald, ND made a presentation on Integrative Naturopathic care for Prostate Cancer: an exploration of complementary care options. An audio copy of the presentation, with PowerPoint slides, is posted, below.

Maureen MacDonald is a naturopathic doctor who has chosen to work in naturopathic oncology because of the tremendous benefits patients receive with integrative care. She is a strong supporter of pre-emptive cancer measures, as well as integrating individualized care during and after conventional treatment. After obtaining an honours undergraduate degree in plant science Maureen pursued the four-year full time naturopathic medicine program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has additional training and certification in IV therapy for integrative cancer care, immune and general health support. Dr. MacDonald believes that the cornerstone of health is found in the fields in which our food grows. She grew up on a wild blueberry farm where the lessons of field development and ecosystem succession have transcended into her understanding of how the synergistic blending of the body’s components leads to wellness. Maureen is very interested in supporting wellness and decreasing biological burden of environmental toxins.

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

So, how do you feel about YOUR treatment for Prostate Cancer? - A panel of local members presented their journeys with Prostate Cancer. They presented their treatment options and shared their thoughts and feelings about how their particular treatments worked out for them. The panel led into a discussion with members who wished to share their own journey, raise questions and offer their views on treatments.

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Exercise, The Why and The How - Brenda Hamm and Joe McGurk from the RA Centre - The RA Centre, with the support of PCCN Ottawa, have developed a Cancer Survivor Exercise Program for cancer survivors who want to exercise on a regular basis. Brenda and Joe discussed why exercise is beneficial to the body, why it helps people cope better with cancer treatments and the side effects. The side effects of exercise are beneficial in countering the side effects of cancer treatments such as loss of muscle and bone density. Once a patient's treatment is completed, exercise continues to provide people with the ability to cope with long term treatment effects.

As the person responsible for the LifeFIT program at the RA Centre, Joe has a great deal of practical experience on how to exercise. Brenda and Joe got us involved in doing some exercises. They explained how to join the new program, become more physically active and improve your fitness level.

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Dr. Roanne Segal, Oncologist
Dr. Roanne Segal, Oncologist

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Information and Mentoring Session in Room 1A, separate from the location of the regular meeting, for newly diagnosed patients and spouses. The presentation is timed to allow patients to hear the main speaker but everyone is welcome to continue this consultative discussion for as long as they find it useful.

6:30 p.m. Prostate Café. It’s coffee time. An open forum and social time for everyone and an opportunity for discussions in small groups in the Café before the meeting starts.

7:15 p.m. PCCN Ottawa business.

7:30 p.m. Dr. Roanne Segal, a medical oncologist at the Regional Cancer Centre and Head of the Survivorship Program, on the latest treatment options for recurrent hormone refractory cancer, including Abiraterone—a new drug for advanced cancer patients.

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Complete Prostate Cancer Care—Dr. Rob Rutledge, Oncologist, Associate Professor, Dalhousie University spoke about prostate cancer and its treatment, how to negotiate the medical system, empowering the body with diet and exercise, and mind-body techniques.

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Ludwick Papaurelis, Warrior
Ludwick Papaurelis, Warrior

Support Talk Circle - 2012, with Ludwick Papaurelis. We shared our problems and joys and crazy happenings. There were no restricted or embarrassing topics. We also talked about upcoming new drugs.


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