PCSC Program Modules

Introduction to Prostate Cancer and Primary Treatment Options

Managing the Impact of Prostate Cancer Treatments on Sexual Function and Intimacy

Lifestyle Management

There are multiple options for the primary treatment of prostate cancer.

This is a 2 hour group information session for newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients. Partners and family members are also welcome. This session is jointly presented by a urologist and a radiation oncologist who discuss diagnosis, treatment options, and side effects.  

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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. One-on-one clinical appointments* with our Sexual Health Clinician are also available as part of this module.

*physician referral required

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A healthy lifestyle has been shown to improve the quality of life for men with prostate cancer. There are two components: Exercise and Nutrition.

Exercise: We offer a one-on-one exercise clinic with an Exercise Physiologist. The goal of this clinic is to increase physical activity levels and improve overall health by supporting your long-term behavior change.

Nutrition: We offer an educational session and clinical appointments with a Registered Dietitian to tailor healthy eating recommendations.

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Recognition & Management of Treatment Related Side Effects of Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT)

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Bladder Concerns

Counselling Services

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.

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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.

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It is normal to feel overwhelmed and anxious after a diagnosis of cancer. Between 35-45% of all cancer patients will experience significant anxiety or depression at some point along their cancer journey.  Studies have found that family members and loved ones of prostate cancer patients may also experience significant distress as a result of diagnosis.

Counselling may support those who otherwise suffer in silence. We offer complimentary private, confidential clinical appointments with a Registered Clinical Counselor. Prostate cancer patients and their partner may be seen alone or as a couple. 

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Advanced Disease Management of Metastatic Prostate Cancer (Hormone Sensitive or Castrate Resistant)

Advanced Disease Management is a new module for prostate cancer patients with more advanced disease. This module will be offered physically in Victoria, but will be available for all patients via teleconference or Webex.

Stay tuned for more details.

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