REEF KNOT KITS

Our FREE, signature Reef Knot Kits include two books, ‘Prostate Cancer: Understand the Disease and its Treatment,’ by Dr. Fred Saad and Dr. Michael McCormack and ‘Prostate Cancer Strikes: Navigating the Storm’ by Gogs Gagnon, and a multitude of other resources, to aid you in researching your diagnosis and making difficult decisions surrounding your treatment options. Only when you know what is best for you and your family can you make an informed decision.

Simply fill out the form below for free shipping anywhere in Canada.

Alternatively, email your request to shelley@prostatecancerbc.ca or call 604-574-4012 , and leave your name, address, telephone and email address.

Please note that kits are mailed out on Wednesdays, please allow 1 week shipping time within BC, 2 weeks rest of Canada. We are unable to ship outside of Canada at this time.

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Prostate Cancer Support Canada is a proud initiative of Prostate Cancer Foundation BC.

Initiated in early 2020 in response to calls for better access to prostate cancer support in underserved parts of Canada and increased access to resources for volunteer-led prostate cancer support groups, Prostate Cancer Foundation BC has been working collaboratively with men and women in leadership positions in their local prostate cancer support group communities towards a common goal: that men with prostate cancer and their loved ones be able to easily access quality prostate cancer support no matter where in Canada they live.

On the Prostate Cancer Support Canada website, you will find listings of prostate cancer support groups across Canada as well as a calendar with up to date information on upcoming meetings, webinars, and information sessions.

Why try out a support group?

Our support groups bring together people who are going through, or have already gone through, the experience of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, navigating the many treatment options, and managing the different chronic side effects that may accompany treatment. They provide an opportunity for individuals, and their support people or partners, to share their personal experiences and thoughts and to receive emotional support from others in the group. Many groups also offer educational opportunities by inviting guest speakers, including healthcare professionals, counsellors, researchers, and others, to speak on topics related to prostate cancer treatment, research, and coping.

For some, support groups fill the gap between medical care and the need for expanded emotional support. For others, support groups are a safe place where they can get practical feedback about their treatment options. But most importantly, attending a support group can help empower you and your loved ones over your diagnosis and become part of a community of like-minded individuals

Prostate Cancer Support Canada is a great place to find more information on the many support groups across Canada and to access support and survivorship programming no matter where in Canada you live. The calendar on the website is updated often and allows you to see at a glance when meetings will be taking place (either in a community near you or virtually).

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if i were tom
Tom is dealing with prostate cancer.
The waiting. The treatments. The side effects.
What would you do in his place?

Free and accessible to all patients and their loved ones, If I Were Tom is a great place for men with prostate cancer, their partners, and support people to learn more about treatment options and living well with prostate cancer.

Watch Tom on his prostate cancer journey from diagnosis to post-treatment, then decide what you’ll do on yours. Learn more about every step of the journey from diagnosis to living well with resources, tips, and videos from patients and experts in the field.

If I Were Tom is a project of Prostate Cancer Foundation BC , developed in research partnership by the Men's Health Research team at the University of British Columbia and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

If you're not sure that support groups are right for you and are perhaps not ready to have a personal discussion amongst a group, Prostate Cancer Foundation BC is proud to host a volunteer peer counselling program that may help. This program matches men who are newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, or looking for someone to chat with privately about treatment and diagnosis, with one of our support group leaders or volunteer peer counsellors.

To be contacted by a peer counsellor, please fill out this short form:

For information about the TrueNth Peer Navigation research project, which matches patients with a long term peer navigator, please view our list of resource partners here.

Prostate Cancer Foundation BC is proud to work closely with the following organizations who provide further resources to men with prostate cancer and their families.

Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program

The PCSC Program is a comprehensive survivorship program developed in 2013 at the Vancouver Prostate Centre for men with prostate cancer, their partners, and family from the time of initial diagnosis onwards. Men can self-refer to this program or be referred by their doctor (a doctor’s referral is required for the Sexual Health Service).

The PCSC Program is a clinical, educational, and research-based approach to care, addressing the challenges of decision-making and coping along the entire disease trajectory to serve both the patient and their partner’s physical and psychological needs.

The PCSC Program currently includes seven modules which men can take part in with more modules in development. These modules include group educational sessions and clinical services in the following areas:

  • Primary Treatment Decision-Making
  • Sexual Rehabilitation
  • Lifestyle Management (Nutrition and Exercise)
  • Androgen Deprivation Therapy
  • Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
  • Clinical Counselling
  • Advanced Disease Management

For more information on the program, please see this flyer or visit their website.

Life on ADT

Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) is an effective treatment for prostate cancer, but has many side effects.

The Androgen Deprivation Therapy Educational Program is a free 1.5-hour session during which patients and loved ones will:

  • Learn about side effects of ADT
  • Learn how to manage side effects
  • Complete goal setting exercises to teach you how to manage ADT side effects

The program is designed for both patients and their partners or loved ones. Patients who are not partnered are encouraged to invite a family member or close friend to attend the session with them.

Canadian participants receive a free copy of the book Androgen Deprivation Therapy: An Essential Guide for Prostate Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones.

For more information on this program, please see this flyer or visit their website.

SIRvivor

The SIRvivor BC Prostate Cancer Community Exercise Program runs for 12-weeks, consisting of 2 one-hour sessions each week. The program is tailored to men living with prostate cancer and focuses largely on strength development through resistance-based exercise. The program is delivered by exercise trainers certified through the BC Recreation and Parks Association. This program is also being evaluated under a research study, which seeks to gather feedback from the program participants on their experience in the SIRvivor BC program. They hope to use this feedback to help them improve and grow the program over the course of the next few years.

All men who are 19 years of age or older and have had a prostate cancer diagnosis are eligible for the SIRvivor BC program. All participants will also be asked to complete a simple pre-exercise screening with a certified exercise physiologist.

For more information, please see this flyer or visit their website.

TrueNTH

TrueNTH (“True North”) Peer Navigation is a free navigation program that puts you in touch with someone who has experienced prostate cancer and is trained to support you through your journey.

  • Talk to someone about their real experiences – more than just online browsing and statistics.
  • Feel comfortable discussing symptoms and side effects with someone who knows what it’s like.
  • Take the time you need to ask detailed questions and discuss your options.
  • Find the support you need to overcome barriers to your care and recovery.

For more information, please see their website.