The PCSC Program is a comprehensive survivorship program developed in 2013 at the Vancouver Prostate Centre for men with prostate cancer, their partners, and family 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, 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 and more modules are in development. These modules include group educational sessions and clinical services in the following areas:
- Primary treatment decision-making
- Sexual Rehabilitation
- Lifestyle Management (Nutrition and Exercise)
- Androgen Deprivation Therapy
- Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
- Clinical Counselling
- Advanced Disease Management
In 2017, we received funding from the BC Ministry of Health to support the expansion of the program. The Vancouver Prostate Centre partnered with BC Cancer to make the program directly available in four of its regional cancer centres: Victoria, Kelowna, Prince George and Surrey.
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.
A new website, www.pcscprogram.ca, dedicated to the PCSC Program was launched in December 2017. Over the coming months the PCSC Program team will be focusing on making much of the PCSC Program available online or through telehealth. Sign up for our quarterly newsletter to keep abreast of updates!
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.
BC Cancer provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of BC in partnership with regional health authorities.
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. UBC Website
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 overall responsibility for 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.