PCSC Program Modules

The PCSC Program is composed of six modules:

  • Introduction to Prostate Cancer and Primary Treatment Options
  • Managing the Impact of Prostate Cancer Treatments on Sexual Function and Intimacy
  • Lifestyle Management: Nutrition & Physical Activity
  • Adapting to Androgen Deprivation Therapy
  • Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Urinary Incontinence
  • Counselling Services & Group Therapy Workshops

Click here for a PCSC Program Summary (PDF opens in new window)

Introduction to Prostate Cancer and Primary Treatment Options
This is a 2.5-hour group information session for newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients which is jointly presented by a urologist and a radiation oncologist. A patient advocate is present to help answer questions from the audience. Diagnosis, treatment options and side effects are discussed as well as how the PCSC Program can help. Questions from attendees are encouraged. Partners and family members are also welcome. Click here for more information (PDF opens in new window).

The PCSC Program recorded this information session in November 2014. Click here to access the video (YouTube opens in new window; length: 1:29:09).

Managing the Impact of Prostate Cancer Treatments on Sexual Function and Intimacy
This is a 1.5-hour group information session that focuses on the sexual side effects of prostate cancer treatments and sexual rehabilitation. One-on-one clinical appointments with our sexual health clinician are available as part of this module. Click here for more information (PDF opens in new window).

The PCSC Program recorded this information session in June 2015. Click here to access the video (YouTube opens in new window; length: 1:02:05).

Please click here to access the document "Information for Physicians about the Sexual Health Service offered by the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program”. 

Additional resources (click to open PDF in new page):

Lifestyle Management
A healthy lifestyle has been shown to improve the quality of life for men with prostate cancer. We offer two regular 1.5 hour group information sessions, one focusing on dietary and nutrition advice (click here for more information - PDF opens in new window) and the other on physical activity (click here for more information - PDF opens in new window).

Click here (YouTube opens in new window; length: 1:00) to view the January 2014 talk by registered dietician Cheri Van Patten, "Diet and Prostate Cancer: What You Need to Know"

Additionally, we offer a clinic led by an Exercise Physiologist for patients wishing to increase their energy levels. We also facilitate access to the “Cardiac Rehabilitation Program” at VGH for patients starting ADT. Access to the Smoking Cessation program at VGH can also be arranged.

The PCSC Program recorded this information session in July 2016.  Click here to access the video (YouTube opens in new window; length: 1:25:43).

Adapting to Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT)
This is a 1.5 hour information session for prostate cancer patients starting on hormone therapy and their partners. It uses the recently published book “Androgen Deprivation Therapy: An Essential Guide for Prostate Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones”. Click here for more information (PDF opens in new window).

The PCSC Program recorded this information session in January 2016. Click here to access the video (YouTube opens in new window; length: 42:53).

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Urinary Incontinence
This begins with a 1.5-hour group information session that is suitable for patients both pre- and post-prostate cancer treatment to understand what can be done to reduce the effects of surgery and radiation therapy on urinary function. After you attend the information session, our physiotherapist also offers one-on-one clinical appointments for those patients with incontinence 12-weeks after surgery.  Click here for more information (PDF opens in new window).

The PCSC Program recorded this information session in March 2016. Click here to access the video (YouTube opens in new window; length: 49:40).

Counselling Services & Group Therapy Workshops
Between 35-45% of all cancer patients will experience significant anxiety or depression at some point along their cancer journey. We offer private, confidential clinic appointments for prostate cancer patients and their spouses/partners, either separately or together, with our clinical counsellor, to explore how to cope with difficult emotions such as fear, anxiety, sadness, helplessness, and other signs of emotional distress. 

As of Autumn 2016, the Living with Prostate Cancer (LPC) program will be available for prostate cancer patients.  This group therapy program uses a small-group format and the focus is to develop a cohesive working group, learning strategic communication skills, and understanding and learning how to manage depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation and transitional life stressors associated with prostate cancer.  The LPC program will be offered periodically and consists of a whole day session once a week for three consecutive weeks.  Click here for more information (PDF opens in new window).

If you are interested in finding out more about the PCSC Program, please contact:

Monita Sundar
PCSC Program Coordinator
Vancouver Prostate Centre
Phone: 604-875-4485
E-mail: PCSCatvch [dot] ca

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A World Class Centre

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has a track record of success that has earned it a reputation as one of the world’s most respected cancer facilities. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.

Events

Father's Day Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer: June 18

The Raymond James Father's Day Wak Run for Prostate Cancer, raising funds for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC, takes place Sunday June 18.  Our Centre has a team registered at the Metro Vancouver site; click here to join or donate.

 

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Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Monday, January 30, 2017

Dr. Amina Zoubeidi leads identification of gene linked to growth of aggressive neuroendocrine prostate cancer (NEPC)

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