Introduction to Prostate Cancer & Primary Treatment Options
Approximately 1 in 7 North American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. However, survivorship rates are also increasing, and with treatment most patients can expect to be cured or at least live for many more years.
Receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis is stressful and there can be occasions afterwards related to the disease or its treatments that cause stress to prostate cancer patients, their partners, and family members. There are multiple options for the primary treatment of prostate cancer. However, the mere availability of options often distresses patients and family members, as they struggle to decide what treatment is best for them.
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.
A PCSC staff member informs attendees how they can take advantage of all the modules offered in the program. Time is also dedicated to a patient representative who shares his experience with prostate cancer.
These sessions are held twice every month in the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC (across from Vancouver General Hospital).
As a module of the Vancouver Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program, we are offering an information session that introduces recently diagnosed prostate cancer patients to treatment options, side effects, and side effect management strategies.