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Click on the links below to view further sources of information about prostate cancer, Support Groups, education session presentations and PCSC Program publications.

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Symptom Related Resources

 

Pelvic Floor:

  1. Male Pelvic Floor Instructions
  2. Understand and Manage the urinary and bowel side effects with local treatments – youtube video series
  3. CUA leaflet: Voiding Diary
  4. Climacturia Management Strategies

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ADT related side effects:

  1. Androgen Deprivation Therapy: An essential guide for prostate cancer patients and their loved ones
  2. TrueNTH – The Androgen Deprivation Therapy Educational Program
  3. BC Cancer – Guidelines for the Prevention of Osteoporosis for Men with Prostate Cancer on Hormone Therapy

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General Symptom Management:

  1. Fatigue/Tiredness
  2. Pain Management
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Constipation
  5. Breathlessness/Shortness of breath
Lifestyle Management and Wellness Promotion

 

Exercise Related resources:

  1. HealthLinkBC – Physical Activity Services for Cancer. Telephone, email & web-based information, advice and exercise physiology services
  2. BC Cancer Exercise Support
  3. Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines (men>65)
  4. Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep
  5. TrueNTH Lifestyle Management – Physical Activity, Stress-Reduction, and Nutrition Programs and Resources for Men Living with Prostate Cancer
  6. Sirvivor BC: Prostate Cancer Exercise Program – a community exercise program launching in 5 locations across the province

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Nutrition related resources:

  1. BC Cancer – Nutrition Guide for Men with Prostate Cancer
  2. Nourish – Eat Well Tips for Men with Prostate Cancer
  3. Nutrition for men with Prostate Cancer videos
  4. HealthLinkBC Dietician Services (telephone, e-mail and web-based information, advice and oncology nutrition service)
  5. Canadian Cancer Society – Eating Well when you have Cancer (recipes)
  6. Canada’s Food Guide

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Other Lifestyle Management related resources:

  1. CAMEO – Complementary Medicine Education Resources
  2. Canadian Cancer Society: For smokers who want to quit – one step at a time
  3. Canadian Cancer Society: For smokers who do not want to quit – one step at a time
  4. CAMH Cannabis Use Guidelines
  5. UHN – Know about alcohol and cancer risk (pamphlet)
  6. CAMH – Dealing with Drinking: How to quit or cut down
Decision Making, Coping, and Emotional/Social Support

 

If you are looking for a counsellor to talk to:

  1. BC Cancer Patient and Family Counselling Services
  2. Counselling BC
  3. VGH Access and Assessment Centre – The Access and Assessment Centre (AAC) is here to help you, your family member or your friend during a non-life threatening mental health and/or substance use issue.

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If you are looking for aids to help plan the journey ahead/decision making:

  1. Prostate Cancer Canada – the ABCs of Prostate Cancer
  2. TrueNTH – Treatment Decision Support
  3. If I were Tom – an interactive website from the patient’s perspective to help patients plan for the journey ahead
  4. Prostate Cancer Foundation (US) – Prostate Cancer Patient Guide 2019
  5. BC Cancer – Steps to Problem Solving
  6. Canadian Cancer Society – Life after Cancer Treatment Information Booklet
  7. Canadian Cancer Society – Cancer Information Services
  8. Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia – Resources for Gay and Bisexual Men

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If you are looking to talk to someone who’s been there:

  1. TrueNTH – Peer Support
  2. Canadian Cancer Society – Peer support
  3. Prostate Cancer Foundation of BC – support groups in your area. Support groups can also be very therapeutic and can assist men in building strengths and competencies to manage the unique challenges experienced
  4. Prostate Cancer Canada – support groups in BC.
  5. BC Cancer – Support programs in Vancouver
  6. BC Cancer – Support programs in Kelowna
  7. BC Cancer – Support programs in Prince George
  8. BC Cancer – Support programs in Victoria
  9. BC Cancer – Support programs in Surrey

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If you are looking for resources to help cope with the stress:

  1. Heart and Stroke Foundation – Coping with stress
  2. Mindfulness: Studies have shown that regular meditation or mindfulness practice can assist with managing anxiety, stress and depression. Here are some free guided mindfulness exercises:
  3. Canadian Cancer Society – Cancer Information Services

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If you are looking for social support/engagement in the community, non-prostate specific:

  1. City of Vancouver Recreational Programs – Offers a wide variety of accessible recreational programs and activities to help seniors get involved and stay active
  2. HIM Health Initiative for Men: HIM is an initiative set out to strengthen and support gay men’s health and well-being including clinics, counselling services and social events.
  3. Qmunity program offers opportunities for LGBTQ community connection, social support, and personal development for folks 55 years and older.
Sexual Health Resources

 

Prostate Cancer Specific Resources:

  1. Prostate Cancer UK: Prostate Cancer UK’s “Living with Cancer” under “Sex and Relationships” highlights the various sexual side effects of treatment and how these may affect your sexual function and relationship. You can watch videos of personal accounts highlighting real patient experiences and how they are managing and adapting to these changes.
  2. Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia: Understanding sexual issues following prostate cancer treatment
  3. SHAReClinic – online Sexual Health and Rehabilitation Clinic
  4. Penile Injection (ICI) Therapy Booklet

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Sexual Health and Relationship Issues:

  1. Talking About Sex with your Partner
  2. CUA leaflet: Erectile Dysfunction
  3. Senior Planet: “We don’t lose interest in sex and connection as we age, and there are health reasons to keep seeking both. But we do have to adapt”. Award-winning author and advocate for ageless sexuality Joan Price gives sex and dating advice including articles, videos and Q&A’s.
  4. LiveAbout: Canadian sex educator and author Cory Silverberg provides straightforward answers to questions about sexual health sex tips and techniques and includes articles on sex research, science and culture.

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Counselling Services:

  1. Counselling BC: This is helpful website to find a counsellor and/or sex therapist in your area. After choosing your city, you go to “Area of Practice” and click on a specialty such as “sexuality” and/or “marriage and relationship issues”
  2. Psychology Today: Here is another website to find a counsellor and/or sex therapist in your area. Choose your area and then under “Issues” you can click a specialty such as “sex therapy” or “relationship issues”

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Mindfulness:

Studies have shown that regular meditation or mindfulness practice can increase your attention or presence when being sexual, enhancing intimacy and pleasure. Mindfulness may also assist with managing anxiety, stress and depression. Here are some free guided mindfulness exercises:

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Book Recommendations:

  1. Prostate Cancer Specific
    • Saving Your Sex Life: A Guide for Men with Prostate Cancer by John P. Mulhall
    • A Gay Man’s Guide to Prostate Cancer by Gerald Perlman and Jack Drescher
    • Prostate Cancer and the Man You Love: Supporting and Caring for Your Partner by Anne Katz
    • What Every Gay Man Needs to Know About Prostate Cancer: The Essential Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment and Recovery by Michael A. Hoyt
    • What Men Won’t Talk About and What Women Need to Know: A Woman’s Perspective on Prostate Cancer by Glenda Standeven
  2. Sex & Intimacy
    • Intimacy & Desire: Awaken the Passion in Your Relationship by David Schnarch
    • Intimacy with Impotence: The Couple’s Guide to Better Sex After Prostate Disease by Ralph Alterowitz and Barbara Alterowitz
    • Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud About Senior Sex by Joan Price
    • Partners in Passion: A Guide to Great Sex, Emotional Intimacy and Long-term Love by Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson
    • Passionate Marriage: Keeping Love and Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships by David Schnarch
    • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman
    • The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient Teachings in The Ways of Relationships by Sobonfu E. Somé
  3. Mindfulness
    • Journey of the Heart: The Path of Conscious Love by John Welwood
    • Mindful Relationship Habits: 25 Practices for Couples to Enhance Intimacy, Nurture Closeness, and Grow a Deeper Connection by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport
    • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
    • Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • You Are Not Your Pain: Using Mindfulness to Relieve Pain, Reduce Stress and Restore Well-Being-An Eight-Week Program by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman
  4. Sexuality & Masculinity
    • The New Male Sexuality by Bernie Zibergeld
    • The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love by Bell Hook
  5. Sex Advice & Techniques
    • The Joy of Sex: The Timeless Guide to Lovemaking by Alex Comfort and Susan Quilliam
    • Nina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex by Nina Hartley and I.S. Levine
    • The Multi-Orgasmic Man: Sexual Secrets Every Man Should Know by Mantak Chia and Douglas Abrams (Other books by this author include: The Multi-Orgasmic Couple and The Multi-Orgasmic Woman)
    • The Ins and Outs of Gay Sex by Stephen E. Goldstone
    • She Comes First: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Pleasuring a Woman by Ian Kerner
    • Ageless Erotica by Joan Price and Cheyenne Blue
    • Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel
  6. Overcoming Other Sexual Challenges
    • How to Overcome Premature Ejaculation by Helen Singer Kaplan (this book also applies to men who may no longer have ejaculation from their treatment but still face “premature orgasm”)
  7. For Women
    • Better Sex Through Mindfulness: How Women Can Cultivate Desire by Lori Brotto and Emily Nagoski
    • When Sex Hurts: A Woman’s Guide to Banishing Sexual Pain by Andrew T. Goldstein, Caroline Pukall and Irwin Goldstein
PCSC Media
  1. PCSC Program Youtube channel
  2. PCSC Program Facebook Page
  3. PCSC Program Twitter Feed
Other Resources
  1. AboutMen.ca – YouTube library of videos pertaining to men’s health issues
  2. Prostate Cancer Canada
  3. Prostate Centre Foundation
  4. National Cancer Institute
  5. His Prostate Cancer – Website written for partners and family members
  6. Prostate Cancer InfoLink- Blog with updates on the latest news/research on prostate cancer
  7. Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia: How to find a physiotherapist in BC
  8. HealthLinkBC – List of common symptoms and side effects and how to manage them
  9. BC Cancer – List of common symptoms and side effects and how to manage them
  10. Sexual Medicine Society of North America
  11. BC Centre for Sexual Medicine
  12. BC Cancer – Hereditary Cancer Program
  13. TrueNTH – Canada Projects
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