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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.

If you’ve been recently diagnosed, or have had treatment and want to talk to someone, contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by phone at 613-828-0762. We’re here to help.

Thanks for your patience. We look forward to unveiling our new look soon.

Jan 21, 2021

The Walnut, Winter 2021

The best thing that might be said about 2020 is that it’s over. Vaccines for a virus we had barely even heard of a year ago are now approved and being administered to Canadians.

In this issue, we will bring you the latest information about the leading vaccines and how they might affect you, whether you are a current or a former prostate cancer patient. There’s a lot to absorb, and I hope I have separated the wheat from the chaff.

The Walnut, Winter 2021

Past Issues

Oct 07, 2020

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The Walnut does not regularly publish in the summer and the pandemic caused disruption on PCCNO’s regular meetings and AGM. In the meantime there was a change at the national level with the Prostate Cancer Canada Network’s amalgamation with the Canadian Cancer Society. In this issue, you will receive important information about how this change affects us at the local level.

The Walnut, Fall 2020
Apr 11, 2020

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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.

The Walnut, Spring 2020
Jan 27, 2020

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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.

The Walnut, Winter 2020
Sep 18, 2019

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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.

The Walnut, Autumn 2019
May 28, 2019

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In this issue, we explore how prostate cancer spreads, and talk about how this is monitored and treated. We talk about living with advanced prostate cancer: managing symptoms, managing pain.

We also look at how men can find support to deal with psychological distress, treatment distress and quality of life issues.

The Walnut, Summer 2019
Apr 02, 2019

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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.

The Walnut, Spring 2019
Jan 23, 2019

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In this issue, we explore the risk factors for developing prostate cancer: age, race, family history, genetics, as well as social and environmental factors such as lifestyle, dietary habits. We also take a look at some common myths about risk factors.

The Walnut, Winter 2019
Oct 24, 2018

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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.

The Walnut, November 2018
Oct 15, 2018

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Quality of Life: Cancer Survivors and Their Families
This quarter’s Walnut explores:

  • The issues that can affect quality of life for survivors of prostate cancer
  • How patients and family/caregivers can identify and help manage physical and psychological side effects or complications of prostate cancer treatment
  • Opportunities to improve prostate cancer survivors’ and family/caregivers’ quality of life
The Walnut, Autumn 2018
Oct 15, 2018

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Know Your Options
In this issue, we look at:

  • The many prostate cancer treatment options available
  • How to best partner with your health team
  • Using tools to support decision-making
  • Dealing with quality-of-life issues
The Walnut, Summer 2018
Oct 15, 2018

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The Art and Science of Diagnosis
In this issue, we provide:

  • An overview of the wide variety of diagnostic tests and procedures in use today
  • Expert opinions and analysis on the efficacy of options available
  • Advice on dealing with the personal aspects of a prostate cancer diagnosis
The Walnut, Spring 2018
Jan 22, 2018

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Spotlight on Treatments
This issue discusses:

  • An overview of treatment options—including genetic links to the disease, immunotherapies and other emerging treatments
  • The role of clinical trials in testing new treatment options
  • Personal accounts from a cancer survivor in Ottawa who has participated in a clinical trial, and from an Ottawa oncologist involved in clinical trials
The Walnut, Winter 2018
Nov 22, 2017

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Special Conference Issue
The PCCNO conference, “Prostate Cancer—Discover the Future” was held in ​ Ottawa ​ September 15-16, 2017. This issue provides:

  • Event highlights
  • Links to video clips
  • Recap of speakers and panelists
The Walnut, November 2017
Oct 22, 2017

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In this issue, we look at:

  • How caregivers can help to meet the psycho-social needs of patients as part of a comprehensive treatment approach
  • The impact of caregiving on families and friends
  • How caregivers can find support themselves to continue the crucial and sometimes difficult roles they play
The Walnut, Autumn 2017
Aug 22, 2017

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Values and Preferences as Part of Treatment Decisions
This issue looks at “big picture” of values and our health system, exploring:

  • The perspectives of health care providers
  • How vital it is that treatment and care take into account the individual needs, preferences and values of men facing treatment decisions
The Walnut, Summer 2017
Mar 22, 2017

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Prostate Cancer and Mental Health

In this issue, we explore:

  • How depression, stress, fatigue, pain and psycho-social factors affect men with prostate cancer
  • Anxiety pre-testing and while awaiting test results
  • How confusion over various interventions adds to anxiety and depression
  • How men and their loved ones can get mental health support
The Walnut, Spring 2017
Jan 22, 2017

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Prevention and Early Detection
This issue discusses:

  • How early diagnosis of cancer is the key to improving survival rates
  • Some of the risk factors for prostate cancer
  • Methods and potential benefits of screening
  • Some emerging new screening tests
The Walnut, Winter 2017
Nov 22, 2016

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Raising Awareness
Prostate Cancer Canada is proud to be one of Movember’s Canadian beneficiary partners. Through this relationship we are advancing prostate cancer research and support services for men and their families living with the disease.

In this issue, we 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.

The Walnut, November 2016
Oct 22, 2016

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Sex and Relationships
Sex and Relationships
Prostate cancer and its treatment can affect your sex life in three ways: your mind, body and relationships.

In this issue, we describe the kinds of treatment and support that is available, and ways for you to work through any problems.

The Walnut, Autumn 2016
Apr 22, 2015

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Things to ponder as spring springs:

He who laughs last thinks slowest.

It was recently discovered that research causes cancer in rats.

And, the things that come to those who wait may be the things left by those who got there first.

The Walnut - April, 2015
Mar 22, 2015

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Want to know about our new fearless leaders? See The Back Page.

Want to know why men should hold onto their hair? See page 3.

Want to know why the hardest part of doing nothing is knowing when you’re through?

So do we

The Walnut - March, 2015
Feb 22, 2015

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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.)

The Walnut - February, 2015
Jan 22, 2015

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Welcome to 2015! Here’s to you and yours for a happy and healthy new year!

The Walnut - January, 2015
Dec 22, 2014

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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?

The Walnut - December, 2014
Nov 22, 2014

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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.

The Walnut - November, 2014
Oct 22, 2014

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Replacing Arland Benn – Not so easy!

Our wonderful Walnut volunteer, Arland Benn, has chosen to step down from his role preparing the Walnut for mailing. We need a replacement – sooner than soon!

Here’s a summary of the role:

The Walnut - October, 2014
Sep 22, 2014

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Summer’s been great.
We’ve had such a time.
We’ve read and relaxed
But my hamstring’s not fine.

Still, we forge on
As physio fixes
The back of my front
Where that muscle affixes.

But here’s some new stuff
Our reporters have found
‘Bout prostates and cancers,
The news just abounds.

The Walnut - September, 2014
Jun 22, 2014

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What a front page!

What an issue! Probably
the best we’ve seen in
an entire month.

The Walnut - June, 2014
May 22, 2014

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This just in. Our editorial board – yes, him - has decided to continue NOT to sell The Walnut wherever walnuts are sold. The announcement has made shares in this terrific publication jump 0.00465 points on the TSE. And why not?

This issue, like its predecessors, has a little something for everyone. Read on.

The Walnut - May, 2014
Apr 22, 2014

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The Walnut - April, 2014
Mar 22, 2014

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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.

The Walnut - March, 2014
Feb 22, 2014

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we lovingly bring you this issue featuring Rocco Rossi’s five-hole.

Nothing says “I love you” more than a cancerous (or excised) prostate with a copy of The Walnut tucked in among the roses.

Thoughtful, no?

The Walnut - February, 2014
Jan 22, 2014

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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!

The Walnut - January, 2014
Dec 22, 2013

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“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.

The Walnut - December, 2013
Nov 22, 2013

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This is Stache month. It used to be MOvember. No matter. The idea is the same.

Grow something on your upper lip and tell people you’re looking better all because of prostate cancer. They won’t believe you. The looking better part, we mean.

For those already sporting facial fuzz, we thank you for your permanent support of the cause. No matter what it makes you look like.

The Walnut - November, 2013
The Walnut, Winter 2021

The Walnut, Winter 2021

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