Vancouver 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 2 to 2.5- 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. Private 5-10 minute informal discussions with both physicians and each attendee are also available during the session.
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.
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, one focusing on dietary and nutrition advice, and the other on exercise.
We also 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.
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.
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.
In addition to the clinical counselling sessions, group therapy workshops are available for men with prostate cancer. The focus of the workshops is the development of a safe confidential space where men can work to discuss and normalize difficult topics, and to share learning on how to function on a day to day basis through the experience of prostate cancer and treatment.