Wednesday, November 27, 2013
features Dr. Rory Thompson, Dr. Derek Murray speaking
Submitted by Dale Erikson, PCCN
Prostate Cancer Information and Awareness Group will be holding their
regular monthly meeting on Thursday December 5th, 2013 at 7:00 PM (Please
note new time) at the Mt Cheam Lion's Hall at 45580 Spadina Ave, Chilliwack.
Our speakers will be Dr. Rory Thomson and Dr. Derek Murray who will speak on
general nutrition and talk about Bursting Nutrition Myths! It will be
followed by a question and answer session and an opportunity to visit with
other members of the group.
Please come early! There will also be an opportunity to discuss any prostate
issues and visit with a number of PC survivors after the presentation.
The following release is from the Canadian Cancer Society
November 29, 2013
Bob Tuck, a retired school principal in North Bay, was told he had
aggressive prostate cancer, he simply didn't believe it. "My PSA [prostate
specific antigen test] was up, but I had no symptoms. I felt fine," he says.
"My doctor said 'you don't have cancer, but let's do a biopsy just to see
what's going on.' " A few weeks later, Bob and his wife were told by a
urologist, "You have prostate cancer and it's aggressive."
"I was stunned, in complete shock," says Bob. "The first thing we did when
we got home that day was call the Canadian Cancer Society's information
line. They gave us so much helpful information and reassurance. Two days
later I was set up with a support group with 5 other men dealing with
prostate cancer. They devoted the whole evening to me," he says.
That was 8 years ago. Since then, Bob has undergone surgery, 37 rounds of
radiation and 4 years of hormone therapy to treat the cancer. Today, at 72,
Bob is fit and active, working out at the local YMCA 5 days a week during
the winter and playing golf every day in the summer.
He devotes much of his free time to volunteering for the Canadian Cancer
Society. "The Society's Peer Support Service is great," he says. "I speak to
men who have prostate cancer and who have many of the same questions and
worries that I had. I can say 'here's what worked for me and what didn't;
here are some things you should consider.' I always make sure they check
with their doctor to ensure that what worked for me is compatible with their
treatment. When you have cancer, it's a tremendous help to hear that someone
else has been through it and has come out the other side."
Our free Peer Support Service connects people with cancer one-on-one with
trained volunteers who listen, provide hope, offer encouragement and share
ideas for coping - all from their unique perspective as someone who's been
there. This confidential phone service is tailored to the individual's needs
and preferences. We match every individual with a suitable volunteer based
on a number of factors, including cancer type, sex, language and lifestyle.
Since its inception 10 years ago, the Peer Support Service has helped 60,000
people deal with cancer. Last year alone, 5,400 cancer patients and
caregivers shared their experiences with a peer who had been on their own
cancer journey. When a person is diagnosed with cancer, they and their loved
ones may feel like their world has turned upside down. We know that talking
to others who've gone through a similar experience is comforting.
Many people who have used this service say it helped them get a better
understanding of what to expect throughout their or their loved one's cancer
experience, making them feel more hopeful and less anxious. And it helped
A recent study by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact showed that
the Society's Peer Support Service has a positive impact on cancer patients
and their families.
Some results from the survey:
a. 96% of those
surveyed said peer support gave them a chance to talk with
someone who's been there
b. 93% said it made them feel more supported
c. 92% said it made them feel less alone
d. 91% said it helped them cope
e. 88% said it made them feel less anxious
f. 84% said it made them feel more in control of their life
For more information on our Peer Support Service and other services, visit
www.cancer.ca, call us at
1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934) or email
here. You can also contact your
local Canadian Cancer Society office.
Photo Credit: Bob Tuck, a cancer survivor, volunteers with the Canadian
Cancer Society's Peer Support Service
About the Canadian Cancer Society
For 75 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the
fight for life. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer,
fund research and support Canadians touched by cancer. From this foundation,
we will work with Canadians to change cancer forever so fewer Canadians are
diagnosed with the disease and more survive.
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