Kelowna PCSC Program Modules
Introduction to Prostate Cancer and Primary Treatment Options
Managing the Impact of Prostate Cancer Treatments on Sexual Function and Intimacy
There are multiple options for the primary treatment of prostate cancer.
This is a 1.5 hour group information session for newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients, jointly presented by a Urologist and a Radiation Oncologist. Diagnosis, treatment options and side effects are discussed, as well as how the PCSC Program can help. Partners and family members are encouraged to attend as well.
Living with prostate cancer can affect many aspects of a person’s life including sexuality, sexual functioning and personal relationships. To help adapt to these changes, prostate cancer patients and their partners may need to adjust their sexual expectations and activities. For these reasons we provide a 1.5 hour group information session to help newly diagnosed or newly treated men and their partners learn about strategies to manage sexual side effects, and to ask questions.
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:
- Diet and Prostate Program: Education and Recommendations (DAPPER)
- Exercise for Prostate Cancer Patients
Recognition & Management of Treatment Related Side Effects of Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT)
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Bladder Concerns
Hormone therapy, also known as androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), is a type of treatment for prostate cancer. Since ADT reduces a man’s testosterone, it causes a range of physical and psychological side effects. Being able to recognize and control the side effects proactively is the best way to avoid long term problems with ADT.
This is a 1.5-hour group information session for prostate cancer patients who will be starting on or are already on hormone therapy. Partners and family member are also welcome. The session explains how ADT works and presents all the possible side effects and how you can manage them.
Urinary incontinence (UI), or urgency can occur following prostate cancer treatment. We hold a 1.5-hour group information session each month, held by a Registered Physiotherapist with special training in male pelvic floor, to help you understand what can be done to reduce the effects of surgery and radiation therapy on urinary function. Patients who are experiencing urgency or incontinence 12-weeks following surgery can also schedule one-on-one clinical appointments with our pelvic floor physiotherapist. During these appointments, patients will learn how to contract the pelvic floor to help improve urinary control, as well as other techniques to manage urgency.
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.