The PCSC Program is a comprehensive survivorship program developed in 2013 at the Vancouver Prostate Centre for men with prostate cancer, their partners, and families from the time of initial diagnosis onwards. Men can self-refer to this program or be referred by their doctor (a doctor’s referral is required for the Sexual Health Service).
The PCSC Program is a clinical, educational, and research-based approach to care, addressing the challenges of decision-making and coping along the entire disease trajectory to serve both the patient and their partner’s physical and psychological needs.
The PCSC Program currently includes seven modules which men can take part in with more modules in development. These modules include group educational sessions and clinical services in the following areas:
- Primary Treatment Options
- Sexual Health
- Lifestyle Management (Nutrition and Exercise)
- Androgen Deprivation Therapy
- Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Bladder and Bowel Concerns
- Counselling Services
- Metastatic Disease Management
In 2017, we received funding from the BC Ministry of Health to support the expansion of the program. The PCSC Program is committed to delivering the excellence of its program to prostate cancer patients and their families across British Columbia using virtual health, telephone and/or in-person options. With generous Government of BC funding and in a partnership with BC Cancer physicians, community urologists and other health care personnel across the province, our goal is to reach every man with prostate cancer who desires supportive care during the entire course of their cancer journey.
The PCSC Program has a strong prostate cancer survivorship program and is currently in receipt of funding from Prostate Cancer Canada and Movember Foundation to lead or participate in prostate cancer research of national and international significance. The PCSC Program continually conducts research into its own program to ensure it continues to provide the best survivorship care to its participants.
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The PCSC Program has been made possible with funding from the BC Ministry of Health, Specialist Services Committee (SSC), Prostate Cancer Foundation BC, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, and philanthropic donors, and we thank them all for their incredible support to date.
Vancouver Prostate 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.
By understanding the reasons for treatment resistance in advanced prostate cancer and translating that into new products and treatments, the Vancouver Prostate Centre is focused on improving longevity and quality of life for patients in BC, and around the world. The PCSC Program in Vancouver is embedded in the Vancouver Prostate Centre.
University of British Columbia
The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world.
Vancouver General Hospital & University of British Columbia Foundation
VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is Vancouver Coastal Health primary philanthropic partner, raising funds for specialized adult health services and research for all British Columbians.
Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver Coastal Health provides health care services through a network of hospitals, primary care clinics, community health centres and residential care homes.
BC Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health has the responsibility of ensuring that quality, appropriate, cost effective and timely health services are available for all British Columbians.
Specialist Services Committee
The SSC was formed in 2006 under the Physician Master Agreement to help Doctors of BC, BC government and health authorities collaborate on the delivery of specialist services and support improvement of the specialist care system in BC.
Prostate Cancer Foundation of BC
Prostate Cancer Foundation BC was formed in 1997 to improve knowledge, prevention, and treatment of prostate cancer. It is a non-profit organization under the Society Act devoted to promoting prostate cancer health and awareness.
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