For the latest edition of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of BC, open this: February 2020 Foundation Newsletter
ADT Program helps Prostate Cancer patients deal with the side-effects of androgen deprivation therapy (hormone therapy). Designed for those who are about to start or have just started ADT , family members will also benefit from participation.
The next two online seminars will be on April 14th, and May 12th, all at 3:00 pm Pacific time. (You need to enrol in only one.)
The ADT Online Educational Program is a free educational resource for prostate cancer patients in Canada who have recently started or are about to start hormone therapy. The program is as much for the partners of patients as it is for the patients themselves. Here is what patients need to know:
- Class structure: A single, 1.5-hour interactive, facilitated online class using the GoToMeeting platform. Canadian attendees receive a free copy of the book: Androgen Deprivation Therapy: An Essential Guide for Prostate Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones, 2nd
- To register: Fill in the brief form on the home page at LifeOnADT.comor send an email to LifeOnADT@gmail.com
Research* shows that the program—i.e., the 1.5 hr class plus the book—can significantly increase patients’ self-efficacy in managing ADT side effects. But it is most helpful if taken early, before most ADT side effects emerge.
Updates from Around the PC Information World
1. Does stress worsen prostate cancer? The short answer is uncertain, but what is clear is that we need to reduce it to be safe. Read the article http://cure.pcf.org/site/R?i=Q_gsPcpZ8TokAUZo31jAqw
2. New Patient Education Video on Stress Reduction
BC Cancer Agency, Patient and Family Counselling Services, has developed a patient education video dedicated to cancer patients and their families who are learning to find their “breath” after a cancer diagnosis. This 12 minute video is called “Managing Stress While Living with Cancer”. The video focuses on understanding how stress impacts the body, a guided mindfulness practice and patient experiences of using stress reduction techniques. Two BCCA counsellors in Abbotsford (Dr. Kirk Austin) and Vancouver (Melanie McDonald) showcase their knowledge and experience. This video can be found on the BC Cancer website under Coping with Cancer – Emotional Support – Managing Stress as a part of our Managing Stress Toolbox. Link— Managing
Stress While Dealing with Cancer
3. Meanwhile, Immunotherapy is the new treatment focus in much of research and clinical trials. Here is an interview with 2018 Nobel laureate Jim Allison who discusses unleashing the immune system through immunotherapy…..Watch the video http://cure.pcf.org/site/R?i=z8JTCPgx32jR1YmevKxS2Q