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Pallative Care: Giving Up, or Opening Up?

By Glen R. Horst, D. Min., Spiritual Care Advisor at Canadian Virtual Hospice

Many people think palliative care is care for the dying. Some believe that people don’t need to think about palliative care until nothing more can be done and only when death is near. Read more.

 
Adding End of Life Wishes to your "Bucket List"

By Glen R. Horst, D. Min., Spiritual Care Advisor at Canadian Virtual Hospice

In the movie, The Bucket List, when mechanic Carter Chambers and billionaire Edward Colemeet in the hospital, they both have terminal cancer. Carter makes a list of all the things he wants to do before he “kicks the bucket” and Edward is intrigued. They set off on an around-the-world vacation that is filled with exotic places and adventures. It’s amazing what Edward’s dollars and savvy can make possible. Yet, in the end they realize that what they really want and need at the end of their lives is not far away or fantastic. Read more.
              

It's Hard to Talk When Holding Your Breath: Talking About Advancing Cancer

By Glen R. Horst, D. Min., Spiritual Care Advisor at Canadian Virtual Hospice

Do you remember what it was like to tell your family and friends about your cancer diagnosis? There’s just no easy way to break news about cancer to family and friends. No matter how you do it, the news is a shock. The clock stops; the world shifts. Read more.
 

Better Early Than Late

Palliative care early is better than palliative care late - there's proof!  Learn more with this video.
 

 

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Honouring dad this Father’s Day the Canadian way: In plaid

TORONTO, ON – (May 8, 2018) – Plaid replaces business-casual on Friday, June 15 as hundreds of thousands of Canadians don the iconic Canadian attire all to honour dad and end prostate cancer.
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The Finger – A tried and true method to save lives

TORONTO, CANADA (May 8, 2018) – Every day, more and more methods to detect prostate cancer are being explored, but the tried and true methods of a digital rectal examination (DRE) – where a healthcare professional inserts a gloved finger into the rectum to check for abnormalities, paired with a blood test known as the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test – which you can get through your family doctor, are still the long-standing proven ways to save a life.
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Landmark study links tumour evolution to prostate cancer severity

Toronto (April 19, 2018) – Findings from Canadian Prostate Cancer Genome Network (CPC-GENE) researchers and their collaborators, published today in Cell, show that the aggressiveness of an individual prostate cancer can be accurately assessed by looking at how that tumour has evolved.
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