Hello and thanks for stopping by!
Please pardon our appearance. We’re building a new PCNO website to better serve our members and the community of men and families living with prostate cancer in the Ottawa area.
In the meantime, you can access our quarterly publication, the Walnut via the links below.
Our next meeting is November 15 at 6:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 930 Watson Street, Ottawa, Ontario.
This meeting will focus on the work the organization has been doing in developing a Strategic Plan. Special guest will be Jenny Mitchell a professional consultant who was hired to do research and conduct a survey of members in order to come up with a plan that ensures the organization’s success and continued sustainability. This is a very important meeting and all members are encouraged to attend.
Thanks for your patience. We look forward to unveiling our new look soon.
Apr 11, 2020
In recent weeks, our world has changed dramatically, and in some ways, possibly forever, due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is especially problematic for people living with serious health issues and/or compromised immune systems, and also for people over the age of 60. In this issue we will update you on what the Canadian Cancer Society says about cancer and COVID-19 and how PCCN Ottawa is adapting.
We will also take a look at a range of treatment options and strategies for living with and managing prostate cancer, including coping with stress, eating right and learning how exercise can give you a much-needed boost, both mentally and physically. Additionally, we have information about new ADT online classes, plus a personal story from a local, longtime cancer survivor and PCCN Ottawa board member.
Jan 27, 2020
Screening and early detection: why are men reluctant?
Screening is the most common method for early detection of prostate cancer. We all know that if you catch cancer early you are more likely to survive.
Yet not all men are proactive in making sure to seek early detection through screening.
In this issue, we explore some of the factors, such as lack of awareness, beliefs and attitudes that can discourage men’s involvement in prostate cancer screening and early detection activities. We also explore the pros and cons of screening and look at some best practices.
Sep 18, 2019
From a partner’s perspective: living with prostate cancer
In this issue, we explore the concerns and needs of partners of survivors. Three overarching themes are discussed: 1) coping with life in the face of cancer, 2) encountering difficult emotions related to a partner’s illness, and 3) learning to live with relationship changes.
We look at these at various stages of the prostate cancer “journey”: diagnosis and treatment, and what that experience is like for couples, what they find as helpful, harmful, and surprising throughout the experience, what couples and families need through and following treatment, and how men and women think and respond differently to intimacy and relationship challenges that occur as a result of prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Apr 02, 2019
In this issue, we examine the physical, emotional and social wellbeing needs of men with prostate cancer. We look at a range of issues, including dealing with anxiety,fatigue, side effects of treatment, loss of libido and sexual function, impact on relationships. And because many men do not take a pro-active approach to take responsibility for our health, using self-reflection and reinvention to become more proactive and becoming an architect of our own health.
Oct 24, 2018
In this issue, we explore the importance of promoting awareness and early diagnosis, look at how the Movember movement is helping to raise awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.
We also provide some statistics, look at the good work being done by True NTH, and the “Famous Fingers” awareness initiative.
Feb 22, 2015
Cracking Open This Walnut
Zowie! We’re under new management! The biggest change will be in how we’re going to help the newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient. (Details on page 2.)
Meanwhile, our illustrious new leaders (see banner on page 2) seek secretarial help (Page 4).
And finally, to learn the secrets of regularly winning small amounts in the lottery, )Visit page 13.)
Dec 22, 2014
Ho-Ho-Hold on! You’re going to want to examine our new layout. If you’re reading The Walnut for the first time, you’re in for a prostate cancerous treat. We may have all had it, but we certainly haven’t had it! Come to our Christmas party on Dec. 18 to find out why.
And if you’re a veteran reader, well then you already know what we’re all about, don’t you? We’re a fun bunch, aren’t we?
You, too, are invited to the Dec. 18 bash. But the big question at the party will be, “Will we have chocolate macaroons?
Nov 22, 2014
Timing in life is everything, we’re told.
It’s MOvember, the ideal time for a Canadian Task Force’s stunning announcement about PSA tests to bring prostate cancer to the forefront of the news.
Hence, this issue’s focus is on that announcement and the reactions from a Globe and Mail columnist, Prostate Cancer Canada, and our own PCCN Ottawa co-chairs.
Apr 22, 2014
THE NEXT MONTHLY MEETING WILL BE ON THURS., APRIL 24!!! SO, PLEASE, DO NOT SHOW UP FOR OUR MONTHLY MEETING ON APRIL 17!!! NO SERIOUSLY, DON’T DO IT! WE WON’T BE THERE. WELL, SOMEONE WILL BE, BUT IT WON’T BE US.
THE CHURCH NEEDS THE ROOM AND SO OUR MEETING WILL BE A WEEK LATER, ON THURS., APRIL 24.
(THIS HAS BEEN WRITTEN IN ANNOYING CAPS BECAUSE OUR EDITOR FORGOT TO TURN OFF THE CAPS LOCK. ANYWAY, DID WE GET YOUR ATTENTION?)
Mar 22, 2014
Variety, we hear, is the spice of life.
This explains why our March issue has something for everyone who has prostate cancer, had prostate cancer or ever thought of prostate cancer.
Plus, just letting you know that the book, “Understanding Women” is now out in paperback. See photo page 6.
Jan 22, 2014
Potpourri. A miscellaneous collection of things.
Walnut Potpourri. A miscellaneous collection of recent happenings for which there is no definitive theme or common denominator but which may provide amusement, entertainment, enlightenment, knowledge, or awareness, all dependent on the reader’s perspective and the editor’s mood at any given moment.
January 2014 Walnut Potpourri. Some of the above.
Happy New Year!
Dec 22, 2013
“Yule” really love this month’s meeting. Aside from the usual holiday season’s boundless frivolity and imbibing, we’ve invited comic Ruvin Geller to raise some yuks at the December meeting.
Plus, member Hal Floysvik and his Trillium Dixieland Band will perform, we suspect, seasonal Dixieland music.
Please stop reading this issue and come out to the festivities instead. As for The Walnut, yes, we have stuff in it.