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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Sunday, January 24, 2021

ASPI - Active Surveillance International Zoom Meeting



Learning from Active SurveillancePatients Experience


Active Surveillance Patients International is pleased to announce the launching its first international webinar Jan. 30, 2021 at 12 PM EDT.

Towards that end we will be having a panel discussion representing patients from 4 countries.  Each will speak briefly and then attendees may ask questions. There has been so much helpful information from webinars featuring doctors, but this webinar will allow you to learn from patients who have been through the process.



Anthony Henry is from the Greater Toronto area (Canada) and is First Vice-President at The Walnut Foundation, a men’s health support group that caters to African Canadian men. He also volunteers as a Peer Navigator through the True North Peer Navigator program administered out of Princess Margaret Hospital. The program provides peer to peer support to men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. He has been on Active Surveillance for 6 years. 


Martin Gewirtz was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017 from a random TRUS biopsy based on a previous PSA jump to 5.0.  The pathology report showed a Gleason score of 3+3=6 in 2 of 12 cores, one at 15% cancer and the second at 20%. A later second biopsy (in-bore MRI guided trans-perineal based on an MRI reading of Pirads 4) yielded nine benign samples.  After extensive research and consultation with doctors, specialists, other patients, and participation in support groups, Martin decided to embrace Active Surveillance.


Mark Lichty - Moderator
Mark was diagnosed with prostate cancer over 15 years ago. Due to the tragic overtreatment of his father’s prostate cancer, he was inspired to explore the uncertain terrain of what was then called Watchful Waiting, now Active Surveillance.  His journey involved major lifestyle changes including adopting a plant-based diet.  Mark has written of his journey on the website ( He hopes to inspire men to take charge of their A.S. journey. He is grateful for the support and leadership that PCRI and ASPI has provided which has given him the strength of spirit to continue his journey. 


Cosimo Pieri (68) is Italian living in Milano. Cosimo was diagnosed with Prostate cancer in 2017 at the age of 65 with low grade prostate cancer and was correctly suggested to AS by a good urologyst applying effectivley multidisciplinary approach . This is also a brilliant result of the effective 10 years action of European Patients Associations, like Europa Uomo, to demand multidisciplinary approach to  PC therapy.
Cosimo is currently member of the board of Europa Uomo Europe,


Philip Segal has been on Active Surveillance since his initial diagnosis in 2007. At the time he joined a peer support group, now called Prostate Cancer Support Toronto, and has been an active participant and Board member of this group.
As well as being a continuing education process, it has also helped greatly in living with prostate cancer


Thrainn Thorvaldsson (76) is born and raised in Iceland living in Reykjavik.  Thrainn was diagnosed with Prostate cancer in 2005 at the age of 61 and against doctor´s advice choose Active Surveillance. After 14 years in AS he completed a radiation treatment in February 2019 and is currently in the last stage of hormone therapy treatment. Thrainn is a chairman of a prostate cancer association in Iceland called Framför (Progress) which is a member of the Icelandic Cancer Society. Thrainn will speak about his experience of Active Surveillance and the following radiation treatment.


Did you know that 10 years ago about 6-10% of men in the US who were diagnosed with Prostate cancer chose Active Surveillance meaning not having a treatment but being monitored.

Over the past five years, there has been a surge in A.S. as men with low and very low-risk prostate cancer choose A.S. over radical prostatectomy or radiation.

Today over 50-60% of men in the U.S. select A.S. In Sweden up to 80% of men with low risk select A.S. and consequently being able to maintain  quality of life. Active Surveillance Patients international is launching its first webinar with the mission of sharing knowledge from A.S. Patients from different countries, US, Canada, Iceland and Italy.

Each speaker will address the audience about his experience with A.S. and then attendees may share their experiences and may ask questions. Towards that end there will be a panel discussion representing patients from the 4 countries.

This Webinar will be a unique opportunity to learn from personal experience of men who have been on AS for up to 15 years. There has been helpful information from webinars featuring doctors, but this webinar will allow you to learn from patients who have learned to live with their prostate cancer.


Our Jan. 30 Zoom meeting will begin at 12 P.M. EDT.
Please use the button below to register in advance





We at A.S.P.I would like to share information from time to time that might be helpful on your journey with Prostate Cancer.
Whether articles or personal experiences of our members, it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. 



ASPI interprets data and shares it with men with BPH, with rising PSA, are newly diagnosed with prostate cancer (PCa), and on Active Surveillance (AS). We are growing a network of Patients, Spouses, Partners, and Sons that communicate with each other to improve our quality of life without fear or stress. We firmly believe that we can empower PCa patients on their cancer journey.


It is a huge responsibility and workload that we tackle every day


Patients talking to patients will become a very strong voice when it comes to our health care. We are on this journey together and we intend to be healthy along the way.  You are not alone.

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