Blog posts tagged as Cancer



Clare's Story
2012-04-03 3:15:01 PM
We were very happy, Kim myself and our three children, Victoria 19, Austin 19 and Jennifer 16. We were in love; we had great jobs and a wonderful family. We thought we were invincible. We met in 2006 and married in 2008. 
My Journey with Prostate Cancer: The Introduction
2013-08-19 10:21:49 AM
I am a very happily retired guy who’s been enjoying the good life since October 26, 2010, when my wife and I retired from 37 years at The StarPhoenix. During my working career I started in the Composing Room producing advertisements for the newspaper in hot metal type – I was actually the last person at the SP using hot metal when we converted to what we called cold type in the mid-seventies.
The Fickle Finger of Fate
2013-08-26 9:38:00 AM
My doctor has happily given me physical prostate exams since I was in my early thirties. I have a family history of prostate cancer and we both knew that at some point there was a very good likelihood that I’d end up with the disease, so he regularly did a rectal exam at least once a year and often more than that. At least once a year, I had a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test done as well. It’s a simple blood test that measures the level of the PSA in your blood, and I think it’s a valuable extra tool doctors should use to help determine someone’s prostate health. There’s a lot of debate about using the PSA test alone, for a myriad of reasons, but in my case we had a long-standing baseline measurement that, combined with regular manual exams, gave us a pretty accurate picture of my prostate health.
The Biopsy
2013-09-03 9:44:19 AM
I’m a pretty curious guy, so I spent some time online (which I know you’re not supposed to do) reading about how prostate biopsies are normally preformed.

Not too much to talk about really – the Radiologist sticks an ultrasound probe up your rectum and measures the size and shape of the prostate and then he or she inserts a needle to freeze the side of the rectum. After the freezing is in, a special instrument called a needle gun is inserted and samples are taken through the wall of the rectum and into the prostate.
The Phone Call
2013-09-09 10:02:23 AM
I’ve been given bad news a number of times in my life, and although none of those phone calls or conversations were good, waiting for and getting the call from the urologist was the most difficult. Of course, that doesn’t count the really bad news of my parents and brother passing – but it’s certainly the most difficult call I’ve ever received that involved my own health.
Overcoming Fear with Information
2013-09-17 1:33:32 PM
Many articles and posts have discussed fear and the fact that prostate cancer will evoke this emotion in many men and their loved ones. As someone with a family history of prostate cancer, I do have fears related to prostate cancer.
Early Detection Helped Me Survive
2013-12-04 3:23:48 PM
Forty is a big milestone year. For me, it was, but not in the way that you might think. Ironically, I think it was my doctor that gave me the most meaningful 40th birthday gift that I received – a PSA test of all things.
My Dad Didn't Survive Prostate Cancer
2013-12-05 2:05:49 PM
My dad lost his long, courageous battle with prostate cancer on October 1, 2013, surrounded by the love of his family at home. I want to tell his story to let others know that even one missed PSA test can mean the difference between life and loss.
Research Corner - April 2014
2014-04-21 3:58:04 PM
Find out about some of the exciting updates happening in these Prostate Cancer Canada funded research projects.
Early Detection: A Family Issue
2014-12-16 2:14:19 PM

"I can say with absolute certainty that the PSA test saved my husband’s life."

Not on My Radar: Jim Yarrow's Story
2014-12-24 3:16:38 PM
Jim Yarrow understands the critical importance of early detection because, as he says, “Prostate cancer was not on my radar” when it became an enormous factor in his life.
Giving Families More Time
2015-01-16 11:05:02 AM
When my husband Ron was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, he asked the doctor how much time he had left…
Do it For Dads | Sarah's Story
2015-01-20 1:56:12 PM
The Do it For Dads Walk Run 5KM is a fun, family-friendly event, hosted on Father's Day, that raises awareness and funds for the leading cancer affecting Canadian men and the families that love them.
A Survivor's Tale: Plotting Against Prostate Cancer
2015-11-30 11:28:59 AM
Looking back on the time he spent tracking his Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels, Jon Picken joked that he wished his corporate balance sheet had followed the same upward trend.
Finding Strength in Adversity
2015-12-15 11:37:29 AM
Trudy Weidenbach knows first-hand how difficult a prostate cancer diagnosis can be for an entire family. From the time of her father’s diagnosis until he eventually succumbed to the disease, Trudy experienced everything from the initial shock to the profound sadness that comes with the loss of a loved one.
Like father, like son, like brother, like son: Ian McFadyen’s prostate cancer story
2016-03-16 11:16:23 AM
As I sat patiently during one of my recent visits to a Doctor’s office waiting room, I glanced up at a television playing a loop of health promotion clips. Almost as if the monitor itself were a crystal ball into my own, personal reflections, the clip that happened to be playing was a Prostate Cancer Canada spot involving a number of NHL alumni encouraging men to proactively talk to their doctor about their PSA number.
‘Extreme’ support and awareness for more than 20 years!
2016-05-12 12:41:54 PM
A true testament to realizing the potential of a support group for men and their families living with prostate cancer, Prostate Cancer Canada Network (PCCN) Brampton quite literally takes support, awareness and fundraising to the extreme.  For more than 20 years, volunteers and supporters of this group have been on the frontlines promoting early detection and education, raising funds for much needed and innovative research, and providing a network of support for those affected by the disease.
 
A Newfound Perspective: Vince Schiralli's Story
2016-07-21 11:10:48 AM
Prostate Cancer survivor Vince Schiralli discusses his journey from early detection to active surveillance, and the renewed sense of perspective he's gained from his experience.
"Smart" nanoparticle called PEARLs a promising gem to target, treat prostate cancer tumours with greater precision
2016-07-21 1:45:47 PM
Prostate Cancer Canada funded researcher Dr. Gang Zheng has discovered a "smart" organic, biodegradable nanoparticle that uses heat and light in a controlled manner to potentially target and ablate tumours with greater precision.
Evan Hickey's Story
2016-12-05 11:48:11 AM
When Evan Hickey learned that his father, Bob, had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, he was shocked - left with what he describes as "a very surreal feeling". That was in 2009, and at the time he didn't know much about the disease. He had a lot of questions...
My wife, a PSA test, and a prostate cancer diagnosis - in that order
2016-12-22 11:53:27 AM
When Brian Hillis first began experiencing symptoms of the most common cancer in men, the oft-used expression that prostate cancer is a family’s disease could not have rung more true. Whereas spending so much time standing in the bathroom struggling to urinate in the middle of the night didn’t strike him as a cause for concern, his wife, June, on the other hand, heard the resulting silence as the sound of deafening alarm bells.
This is Why We Wear Plaid
2017-02-28 10:21:33 AM
Each year across Canada, Father’s Day weekend takes on an additional layer of meaning for the many families that have been affected by prostate cancer. As the most common cancer in men, each diagnosis is shared with loved ones, including children, spouses, and siblings. It is for this reason that at a time of year that is dedicated to celebrating the men we love, Canadian workplaces and individuals come together in a show of solidarity by wearing Plaid for Dad and raising money for prostate cancer research.
National Volunteer Week 2017
2017-04-23 1:46:36 PM
As Canada celebrates 150 years as a nation, this week marks National Volunteer Week (NVW), a time specifically dedicated to celebrating Canadians all across the country who so generously volunteer their time to help further the mission of organizations such as Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC).
National Volunteer Week | Our Volunteers
2017-04-27 1:50:02 PM
Here's why our volunteers support Prostate Cancer Canada!
Kicking Prostate Cancer Where the Sun Doesn't Shine
2017-10-27 10:31:47 AM
Len Rhodes is the CEO & President of the Edmonton Eskimos CFL Football Team & Plaid For Dad Ambassador
International Volunteer Day
2017-12-05 1:39:02 PM
International Volunteer Day (IVD) celebrates the great things we can achieve through the generosity of the human spirit!  Designated by the United Nations over 30 years ago, each December 5th is a day dedicated to promoting global volunteerism and recognizing all who give their time, energy, and skills to make positive changes throughout the world.
Rick Ducharme: Living today with an eye on tomorrow
2017-12-15 12:20:24 PM
“I’m a lucky man,” reflected Rick Ducharme, 68, on a life he has both cherished and feels confident is far from over.
A World Cancer Day Message for you
2018-02-02 8:56:56 AM
To mark World Cancer Day, we at Prostate Cancer Canada wish to thank the Canadian individuals and organizations whose continued commitment and generosity enable us to improve the lives of Canadian men and their families.
National Volunteer Week 2018
2018-04-13 2:04:31 PM
This week is National Volunteer Week and we are delighted to have the opportunity to formally recognize the significant contributions of Prostate Cancer Canada’s volunteers from coast to coast.
Canadian researcher discovers clue to identifying aggressive prostate cancer
2018-07-24 1:26:34 PM
“Junk DNA” found to have huge effect on cancer cells

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