Meet some of the men in our community who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and learn more about their journey by clicking their survivor stories.
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Locally, we have trained urologists to do the more advanced, less invasive prostate cancer surgery, but don't have the equipment to perform it.
Male health issues such as urinary tract issues, prostate cancer, and sexual dysfunction are currently under-serviced in our area.
There is no single, simple path from your General Practitioner; to a specialist, to treatment.
Information, education, and support required at critical times are not always available.
Wait time to get your biopsy results is too long because vital diagnostic resources are insufficient.
The current wait time from diagnosis to treatment is 30 anxious weeks.
More than 50% of prostate cancer surgeries are currently performed outside of our region.
All of these issues are significant if you have an elevated PSA or suspicious DRE test results and need to determine if your condition is benign or malignant.
"The only thing worse than a diagnosis of cancer is a diagnosis that’s too late. I like this new men’s health program. It fills a serious gap in local men’s health care I encountered and addresses struggles other patients shared with our Prostates Cancer Support Group. It’s urgently need!
At 57, I was required to have a routine physical exam by my employer. My wife and I were shocked to learn I had prostate cancer. Treatment choices were not clear cut, surgery or radiation each had its pluses and minuses. I had no prostate cancer symptoms and felt very healthy, if it weren’t for my employment requirement, I may not have had my P.S.A. check. This probably saved my life."
"At first, there was little family discussion. I am a stoic fellow. I did not want to burden Edna and our three children. I strongly believe our local men’s health services urgently need repair.
I retired from work at 80 years old and was diagnosed with prostate cancer at 82. My wife Edna was concerned about some of my symptoms and like many loving spouses do for their reluctant partner, Edna made me get a check-up. An elevated P.S.A. led to a diagnosis of prostate cancer."
"It was ten long and worrisome months for my family and me. I came through, hopefully cured, but could not help but feel that my medical journey could have been a better experience. Care also must be more timely. For several prostate patients I knew, current local care did not treat in time.
The nightly trips to the bathroom were annoying, my late wife Doris insisted I see a family doctor who referred me to an urologist. I had a P.S.A and a biopsy and received the news all men fear – I had prostate cancer! I have had an array of treatments and procedures, ultrasounds, x-rays, bone scan, hormones, 28 needles and 85 radioactive see implants."
"The Regional Comprehensive Men’s Health Program will be great. Men and their families will get a lot of answers a lot faster. They’ll be able to talk to all different doctors here, have a better idea of their options and make more informative decisions, a lot quicker. Most men hate going to the doctor. But an embarrassing moments is worth your life.
I started getting PSA testing when I was around 50 years old, because my family doctor recommended it. In early 2007, my PSA score started going up, but I waited until the end of 2007 to get a biopsy, because I heard bad thing about getting these. My urologists recommended surgery, but I chose to research other options. I went to the Prostate Cancer Support Group to talk to others and ask questions. I decided on alternative treatment, a high Intensity Focused Ultrasound in Toronto."
Don’t wait until it’s too late
"The only thing worse than a diagnosis of cancer is diagnosis that’s too late."
Get regular check-ups
"At first, there was little family discussion. I am a stoic fellow."
Listen to your family
"It was ten long and worrisome months for my family and me."
An embarrassing moment is worth your life
"Men and their families will get a lot of answers faster. "