Canada has over 60 Prostate Cancer Support Groups that meet once a month. This Richmond group in British Columbia is founded in 2013 by volunteers and focused on providing help to Chinese-speaking men, but everyone is welcome. We speak English, Cantonese and Mandarin, meet on the second Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Seniors Centre of Minoru Centre for Active Living (7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond, BC V6Y 1N9 Multipurpose Room 1 (1033)). Join us for the professional presentation and talk to other men and family members who have been dealing with prostate cancer for weeks, months or even years.

No registration is required and all ages are welcome. Please swipe your Facility Pass ($36/year for seniors 55+ or spouses) or pay a $5 drop-in fee at the front desk when arriving for each session.

If you want to chat one on one with a survivor, you may drop in our walking club. The Richmond Blue Walkers walk 5-10 km on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am-11 am, along the beautiful river dykes and parks in Richmond (Walk in the Richmond Shopping Centre during the rainy days or cold seasons). Click here for the schedule or contact Daniel Leung at 604-836-6423 for the locations and meeting places.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation Canada accepts donations online, please go to 捐款前列腺癌基金會請到

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You are advised to seek professional services from licensed physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists and health care professionals, if and when necessary.

Monday, December 22, 2014

News/links referred by Prostate Cancer Support Groups in October-December 2014

Diet and Lifestyle May Play a Role in Prostate Cancer Risk

Personalized Oncogenomics (POG) Program of British Columbia:

Prostate cancer could be 'halted' by injections:

Prostate cancer researchers develop personalized genetic test to accurately

predict recurrence risk:

Immunotherapy: The Silver Bullet Against Cancer - video found at this Link provides a good explanation of immunotherapies and types of research being conducted around this therapy. Listen in . . .

Do doctors understand test results?  By William Kremer, BBC World Service

More Chemo Equals Longer Life For Some Prostate Cancer Patients

PACIFIC NORTHWEST PROSTATE CANCER CONFERENCE 2013 - last year’s conference is on the website and you can access the talks from 2013 by clicking here

Thursday, December 4, 2014

以 CANCER 的每一個字母來解構治療癌症的過程

顧問曾詠恆醫生以 CANCER 的每一個字母來解構治癌的過程,從 Confirm diagnosis、
Assess、Needs、Combined expertise、Evaluate 到 Relieve / Recur,讓與會者因清楚治

C~confirm diagnosis(確診)︰曾醫生表示必須確診腫瘤的性質(確定是良性或惡性),
和確認腫瘤的特質,所有癌症都應要組織確診(除特定類別的肝癌) 。她略述了不同

A~assess the state of disease(治療前評估)︰傳統的評估按腫瘤生長情況分四期,現在


C~combined expertise(綜合會診)︰聯合外科,臨床腫瘤科,放射科,心理輔導等討


R~relieve(康復)︰初期病者完全康復 晚期的已擴散但治療後病情已受控。
CANCER 重新面對:確診,評估病情階段,需要,綜合會診,評估療效,以期達至

Saturday, November 8, 2014

November & Decemberber Meeting 十一月至十二月前列腺健康及癌症專題講座

November 13, 2014 Thursday 6-8pm Richmond Chinese Prostate Cancer Networking Group
Address: Garratt Wellness Centre, 7504 Chelsea Place, Richmond, BC, V7C 3S9 (Blundell/No. 2 Rd.)
Subject: Demonstration on internet search for information and answer questions
Speaker: Mr. Wellam Yu Ko RN MN PhD(c)
Welcome to bring your own PC or cellular phone with data plan


若有什麼疑問,歡迎致電列治文華人前列腺癌支援網絡 604-836-6423梁先生查詢。
或參加每月第二星期四晚的小組。本月聚會在十三日 (星期四) 下午六時至八時歡迎各界人士參加,亦歡迎現場提問,費用全免。地址是 Garratt Wellness Centre, 7504 Chelsea Place, Richmond, BC, V7C 3S9 (Blundell/No. 2 Rd.)

Movember 29, 2014 at PCCN Surrey 
Speaker :Danielle Lemoine from the American Medical Systems
Subject: Surgical solutions to incontinence and impotence
For more information please go to website news page at

December 4, 2014 Thursday 11am-1pm at Prostate Cancer Canada Network Vancouver  Group
Address: Canadian Cancer Society, Main Floor, 565 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Subject: A variety of YouTube clips from TV shows
Speakers: Johnny Carson and guests

December 11, 2014 Thursday 6-8pm Richmond Chinese Prostate Cancer Networking Group
Address: Garratt Wellness Centre, 7504 Chelsea Place, Richmond, BC, V7C 3S9 (Blundell/No. 2 Rd.)
Subject: Group-Based Transformation: Adapting the Veterans Transition Program to Men With Prostate Cancer
Speaker: Dr. David Kuhl PhD R Psych and Carson Kivari MA RCC

列治文華人前列腺癌支援網絡月份聚會在日 (星期四) 下午六時至八時歡迎各界人士參加,亦歡迎現場提問,費用全免。地址是 Garratt Wellness Centre, 7504 Chelsea Place, Richmond, BC, V7C 3S9 (Blundell/No. 2 Rd.)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Support PSA (prostate specific antigen) as testing and screening for prostate cancer

PSA Testing Controversy

Prostate Cancer Foundation BC supports the views as expressed below.

Toronto, ON - October 27, 2014 - Prostate Cancer Canada responds today to guidelines released from The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) recommending that the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test should be eliminated as a screening tool for prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer Canada disagrees with the recommendations and wants to remind Canadians that when performed appropriately, the benefits of PSA screening far outweigh the negatives. According to new research based on modelling estimates, if PSA testing was eliminated, the cases of advanced (metastatic) prostate cancer would double, resulting in an estimated 13-20 per cent increase in prostate cancer deaths annually.

"It's simple. Early detection saves lives, especially when it comes to prostate cancer. Eliminating the PSA test would mean not screening for prostate cancer, and if that happens, where does that leave us?  Men deserve the right to know their risk," says Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of Prostate Cancer Canada. "In an age of informed healthcare, we believe the PSA test is one of the most powerful tools we have; early detection can be the difference between life and death."

Prostate Cancer Canada believes PSA testing should be used as part of "smart screening", a personalized approach where men are tested to establish a baseline number. Subsequent tests are performed to monitor any changes to the baseline. If a change is detected, the patient and his health care provider should discuss a course of action based on his personal risk factors. This could include other diagnostic procedures such as a digital rectal exam, biopsy or even an MRI.

Many individuals within the health care community agree with Prostate Cancer Canada and think it would be irresponsible to discontinue testing: "The PSA test is merely the first step in the process to detect prostate cancer in its earliest stages when there are more treatment options. While a single PSA test on its own will not diagnose prostate cancer, it is used as another variable to calculate an individual's personal risk of prostate cancer and allow for tailored clinical follow-up," explains Dr. Laurence Klotz, a urologist with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. "We need to remove the association of the PSA test as a diagnostic for prostate cancer and instead regard it as a valuable predictor of risk."

The PSA test may not be perfect but it's the best indicator in clinical practice today and an important red flag to show something may be wrong. The goal of screening is to reduce late detection when death from the disease becomes much more likely.

"This isn't a black and white issue," says Dr. Stuart Edmonds, Vice President, Research, Health Promotion and Survivorship at Prostate Cancer Canada. "You can't abandon testing when there's research out there that says it's useful, particularly in the absence of anything better. We believe that when the results are properly interpreted, the benefits of PSA screening outweigh the risks of not screening."

Currently, statistics show that more than 90 per cent of prostate cancers are found locally for which the five year survival rate is close to 100 per cent.
"The statistics for survival thanks to early detection are unprecedented when compared to other cancers so why wouldn't we want to ensure every man has those odds," says Rocco Rossi. "The PSA test is a simple blood test, and combined with other risk factors, it's an important indicator a doctor can use to save your life."

About the PSA Test
An elevated PSA reading is currently the best early warning sign available that can provide a red flag to explore issues further, which is why Prostate Cancer Canada strongly disagrees with the CTFPHC  recommendations around PSA testing for asymptomatic men and instead encourages health care professionals to practice "smart screening".

"PSA testing saved my life. When I was 45 my doctor was reluctant to perform a PSA test because of my age, but I insisted. Thankfully I did because it was the only test that we did that flagged there was an issue," says Jim Sullivan, prostate cancer survivor. "People like me - fathers, brothers and husbands - may not be so lucky if PSA testing is no longer used as a screening tool."

About Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men (excluding skin cancers) and is the third leading cause of death from cancer in men in Canada The risk of prostate cancer increases as men age. It usually grows slowly and can often be completely removed or managed successfully if detected and treated early. Estimated amount of new cases and number of deaths due to cancer in 2014:
  • 23,600 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer representing 24 per cent of all new cancer cases in men
  • 4,000 men will die from prostate cancer
  • Roughly every day, 65 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer
  • On average every day, 11 Canadian men will die from prostate cancer
Prostate Cancer Canada Network -

Press Release - for immediate release
October 29, 2014

On behalf of Prostate Cancer Canada Network Calgary (aka  PROSTAID Calgary), and our 900+ members from Calgary and area, I would like to address the recent publication in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommendations regarding PSA (prostate specific antigen) testing and screening for prostate cancer. As a support group which educates and advocates for men and their families dealing with prostate cancer, we strongly disagree with the task force's recommendations against all PSA testing for men of all ages and risk groups categories. As a patient group that deals with the realities of prostate cancer on a daily basis, we feel that these recommendations have done a great disservice to men's health and the advancement of awareness and decision making for those faced with this dreadful disease.

The task force recommendations appear to be primarily directed towards the family doctor. It is interesting that the task force does not include a single urologist, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist or anyone that appears to be directly affiliated with a clinic that treats men with prostate cancer. Furthermore, it appears that the task force did not seek the counsel of patient representatives, psychosocial practitioners and health care economists.   We are uncertain as to the rationale for the task force to exclude other critical inputs to addressing this disease.

The PSA test has been available and used for at least two decades world‐wide.  Our prostate cancer support group is absolutely certain that many family doctors find the PSA test to be a valuable tool in their medical practices to help them to understand the current status and prostate cancer risk of their individual patients.  Similarly, their patients are keenly interested to be similarly informed.  The family doctor is, in practice, the ‘gatekeeper’ to specialists for men who may have a prostate disorder that needs further investigation.  By convention, men with concerns supported by PSA tests cannot directly access these specialists. Men can only access specialists via their family doctor.

As a publicly funded task force making recommendations, they have made recommendations against PSA screening, yet offer no alternatives. Their recommendations are also in sharp contrast with those of the Canadian Urological Association (CUA) which is comprised of specialists who treat men with prostate cancer. Specialists who are practiced in assessing specific illnesses tend to have a 'gestalt' or gut feeling, based on a range of medical evidence and experience, when dealing with individuals that cannot be applied with statistical analysis or population based decision making. While it is understood that PSA testing is not an ideal tool for screening it is the best objective tool we currently have, and just one small aspect in the continuum of clinical assessment and decision making that follows a PSA test. As research brings us more accurate testing modalities and better clinical biomarkers, it will be important to have the current PSA screening tool available to benchmark future successes.

Prostate cancer is the leading non‐skin cancer in men and third leading cause of cancer death in men. Why would screening not be considered, even if only ‘marginal’ benefit is found? The PSA test is a simple, low‐cost, easy to administer blood test, that in and of itself does not directly result in the adverse events highlighted in the article. It merely provides a baseline to help identify men that may be at risk of prostate cancer. It also allows primary care physicians the opportunity to speak to men about their prostate health and help them make informed decisions. The task force addresses the over‐treatment of potentially indolent or slow growing disease, yet discounts the fact that active surveillance and watchful waiting are part of the decision making process for men that may have a high PSA number and subsequent positive biopsies. The report highlights the complications of biopsy such as hematuria (blood in the urine) and infection, but does not stratify this into the severity of these potentially mild complications. Nor does it compare these events to the catastrophic effects of advanced cancer or bone metastases in men who have had a late diagnosis.

PROSTAID Calgary and our members will continue to follow and recommend the guidelines put forth by the CUA and Prostate Cancer Canada. While the task force deals with populations, we deal with individuals. We firmly believe that men have the right to be empowered to make informed decisions based on a variety of trusted sources. We feel that publishing these recommendations in CMAJ, a journal aimed at family physicians, will diminish the opportunity for physicians to discuss prostate health with their patients and significantly set back the opportunity for men to assume greater responsibility for their health and well‐being. It is troubling that the task force's recommendations may not only cause family doctors to stop ordering PSA testing but also to trivialize any meaningful discussion on risk and prostate cancer with their patients. These guidelines are especially a concern to men and their families who are dealing with prostate cancer in their daily lives and are working hard to increase awareness and early detection of prostate cancer in the next generation.

We encourage all men and their loved ones to speak out against these recommendations and insist on their rights to make choices based on individual preferences and informed decision‐making.

Steve Belway
President - PCCN/Prostaid - Calgary


Related reading:


Globe News 2014/10/27 - Should you get a prostate screening test? New guidelines are against it

The Globe & Mail 2014/10/28 - Scrapping the PSA test for prostate cancer is an injustice to men

Wednesday, October 22, 2014




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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

News/links referred by Prostate Cancer Support Groups in August-September 2014

The following links are forwarded from other support groups:

Is the PSA Test Worth It?

Complementary and Alternative Methods and Cancer 

Complementary Therapies

Dietary Supplements: What Is Safe?

Newsletters from Manitoba PoCa Support Groups

U of A scientist puts a finger on cancer cell ‘tentacles’; New study looks at how cancer spreads through the body

Immunotherapy: The Silver Bullet Against Cancer - video found at this Link provides a good explanation of immunotherapies and types of research being conducted around this therapy. Listen in . . .

Do doctors understand test results?  By William Kremer, BBC World Service

Monday, September 1, 2014

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month 前列腺癌宣傳月

Prostate Cancer Canada – the national foundation for prostate cancer information, resources and support – is encouraging all Canadians to mark their calendars for September 1, the launch of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Canada. Featuring multiple initiatives and events across the country, Prostate Cancer Canada will champion this time to engage and inform Canadians about the importance of prevention, education and early detection of prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect Canadian men. 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime. The good news is that the survival rate for prostate cancer can be over 90% when detected early. That’s why, during the month of September, we raise awareness for this disease.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

September & October Meeting 九月至十月前列腺健康及癌症專題講座

September 2, 2014 Tuesday 7-9PM PCCN Coquitlam
Address: Room 9 at the Pinetree Community Center, 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C.
Video: Urinary discontinance after PCa treatment

Men generally have a difficult time talking about issues concerning their erections. Studies have shown that even general practitioners have a difficult time talking to their male patients about ED. Yet, when men present with ED, they have many emotional feelings that accompany their ED; depression, isolation, unworthiness, unmanly, unloved, and incompetence.
The LIVING WELL WITH ED SUPPORT GROUP is open to men only aged 19‐90 and will help deal with these feelings and reduce stress and anxiety through empowerment, understanding, acceptance, information sharing, emotional identification, and role modeling.
Meetings will be on the first Wednesday of each month. 
To register please email your name and contact information to: (attention: Lou) or call Shoppers Home Health Care at 604.876.4186 (attention: Eric) with your name and contact information.
Address: Shoppers Home Health Care: Kingsgate Mall – 370 East Broadway, Vancouver
Subject: Erectile Dysfunction
Speaker: Lou Rioux, BA, Cert. Coun. Sc.

September 4, 2014 Thursday 11am-1pm Prostate Cancer Canada Network  Vancouver 
Address: Canadian Cancer Society BC & Yukon Division, Main Floor, 565 West 10th Ave. Vancouver
Subject:Nutrition - What's New?
Speaker: Angela Wright. Nutritionist InspireHealth 

September 11, 2014 Thursday 6-8pm  Richmond Chinese Prostate Cancer Networking Group
Address: Garratt wellness Centre, 7504 Chelsea Place, Richmond, BC V7C 3S9
Subject: Complementary Medicine in Cancer (English present, Chinese translation)
Speaker: Ms. Brenda Ross RN BScN, UBC School of Nursing and BC Canacer Agency
九月十日 星期四 六時至八時的専題講座,多謝卑斯省癌症治療中心茫臨講解另類藥物治療癌症介紹輔助醫療英語主講中文翻譯歡迎邀請親友參加地址是  Garratt wellness Centre, 7504 Chelsea Place, Richmond, BC V7C 3S9.

September 13, 2014 Saturday 8:30am-4:00pm  Pacific Northwest Prostate Cancer Conference
Address: The Gordon and Leslie Diamond Family Theatre at the BC Cancer Research Centre, 675 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Subjects and Speakers:
九月十三日 星期六 上午八時半至下午四時 整天英語主講的前列腺専題講座,包午餐費用十元,網上報名截止報名日期九月十二日 。地址是 The Gordon and Leslie Diamond Family Theatre at the BC Cancer Research Centre, 675 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver

September 23, 2014 Tuesday 7-9pm  Northshore Prostate Cancer Support Group
Address: Lower floor auditiorium, LionsGate Hospital231 15th Street E, North Vancouver, B.C. V7L 2L7
Subject: Radiation Oncology
Speaker: Dr. Tom Pickles, Oncologist, BC Cancer Agency

September 27, 2014 Saturday 10am-noon Prostate Cancer Canada Network Surrey Group
Address: Cafeteria of Surrey memorial Hospital, 13750 96th Avenue, Surrey, BC V3V 1Z2
Subject: Genetic composition of the Prostate Cell
Speaker: Mark Labreque, Doctoral student from the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University  

Please email your name and contact information to: (attention: Lou) or call Shoppers Home Health Care at 604.876.4186 (attention: Eric) with your name and contact information. 
The group is limited to 20 participants. Register early.

October 7, 2014 Tuesday 7-9PM PCCN Coquitlam
AddressRoom 9 at the Pinetree Community Center, 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C.
Subject: info on things we use for treating some problems
SpeakerDarin Finlay, pharmacist

October 9, 2014 Thursday 6-8pm  Richmond Chinese Prostate Cancer Networking Group
Address: Garratt wellness Centre, 7504 Chelsea Place, Richmond, BC V7C 3S9
Subject: How to Find Information about Prostate Cancer on the Internet and eleswhere that you can Trust.
Speaker: Dr. Robert Wassersug, Adjunct Professor, Dept. Urologic Sciences, University of British Columbia 
日 星期四 六時至八時
卑斯省大學泌尿科學系Dr. Robert Wassersug教授蒞臨列治文,以中英文幻燈片講解  "如何在互聯網查找可以信任的前列腺癌症信息" 英語主講中文翻譯歡迎邀請親友參加地址是  Garratt wellness Centre, 7504 Chelsea Place, Richmond, BC V7C 3S9.

October 25, 2014 Saturday 10am-noon Prostate Cancer Canada Network Surrey Group 
Address: Cafeteria of Surrey memorial Hospital, 13750 96th Avenue, Surrey, BC V3V 1Z2
Subject: Prostate Cancer Supportive Care and sexual rehabilitation
Speaker: Ms. Christine Zarowski RN BSN, 

October 28, 2014 Tuesday 7-9pm  Northshore Prostate Cancer Support Group
Address: Lower floor auditiorium, LionsGate Hospital231 15th Street E, North Vancouver, B.C. V7L 2L7
Subject: New guidelines for screening for Prostate Cancer
Speaker: Dr Paul Crofts