Diagnosed with prostate cancer?
We are a Prostate Cancer Support Group helping men in Oakville, Mississauga, Milton and surrounding areas. We offer fellowship and guidance through personal experiences. We have made the journey! We can help.
In this difficult time of shut-downs and physical distancing, support for men with prostate cancer is even more important. Please note that we are always available to help by phone or email. If you have questions, concerns or would just like someone to talk to, please get in touch. This is a challenging time for all and doubly so if you have just been diagnosed or are undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.
Remember YOU ARE NOT ALONE
(Until further notice, Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan house is closed due to Covid-19). All meetings, including ours, are held by Zoom).
Zoom videoconferencing may not be ideal but, at times like these, it allows us to get together, see old friends, listen to guest speakers, and share our successes and our concerns. One definite benefit of group meetings by Zoom is that it breaks down geographical barriers and lets us join in meetings and listen to expert speakers elsewhere in Ontario and across the country. Join our mailing list to see what’s available to you.
When the Covid-19 pandemic is behind us, we will revert to meeting every month in the friendly, confidential, no-pressure environment of Wellspring Birmingham-Gilgan House Whether you want to come once or on a regular basis, please know that visitors are always welcome and the group is there for you, ready with experience, encouragement, understanding and support.
What If I Don’t Want To Go To a Support Group Meeting?
We understand that not all men are comfortable in a group setting and having to speak about their symptoms and side-effects in a room full of other men.
If that’s you (or your loved one), we are happy to arrange one-on-one, confidential discussions with another member who shares, and can understand, your issues with prostate cancer. Please get in touch.
What Can Wellspring Do For You?
More than 85 per cent of cancer patients experience the non-medical consequences of cancer and its treatment: the fear, anxiety, pain, isolation, financial worries and guilt. Through one-to-one peer support, group support activities, learned coping skills, rehabilitation and nutrition programs, and much, much more, Wellspring has helped thousands of people take an active role in controlling their cancer experience to improve their quality of life.
See the full range of helpful Wellspring programs online at Well on the Web
Many patients whose cancer is not eliminated in primary treatment will end up with a “chronic” cancer – it cannot be cured but is treatable with a range of different therapies. This is a difficult “rollercoaster” journey with its own unique challenges. Wellspring now has a Support Group specifically designed to help.
Check out the Living with Chronic Cancer Support Group
Thank You to Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House for your support and for providing the facilities for our meeting.
Current Meetings & Events
Due to understandable concerns over Covid-19, Wellspring has closed its buildings and moved to on-line and webinar support. We have followed suit and cancelled our group get-togethers at Wellspring until further notice. We still meet monthly by Zoom videoconferencing.
Meetings by Zoom (3rd Wed @ 7pm)
OCT 20th We are delighted to have an excellent guest speaker scheduled to join us on October 20th. Dr. Andrew Feifer is a urologic oncologist and minimally invasive surgeon practicing in the Trillium Health Network in Mississauga. He is also the leader of the Centre for Advanced and Metastatic Prostate Cancer at the Carlo Fidani Peel Regional Cancer Center and he will speak and answer questions on treatments for advanced prostate cancer.
Because of his busy schedule, Dr. Feifer will join our meeting at 8pm so in the first hour we will have time for a short peer-support discussion with new members and those whose situation has changed since we last met. Please feel free to join us at 7pm or join in later for Dr. Feifer at 8pm.
Individual support is still available. In the past months, several men have got in touch with us and have been connected with others who are at the same stage of treatment or who are dealing with the same side-effects. Thanks to the great networking of support groups across Ontario, we can reach out to other groups if necessary to find the right person for you to talk to.
Prostate Cancer Updates
Prostate Cancer Support Canada – see the national calendar of events for October presentations and meetings on Active Surveillance, Partners in Prostate and the National Coast-to-Coast (virtual) support group
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (US) produces an excellent, up-to-date comprehensive guide to prostate cancer and its treatment. You can access the updated PDF version of the Prostate Cancer Patient Guide here.
Other PCS Group Meetings (all are welcome to attend)
PCS Brampton – 2nd Tuesday each month, 7pm – by Zoom for the time being. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Next meeting Oct 12th, 7pm.
PCS Burlington/Hamilton – Last Tuesday of every month at 7 pm – virtual meetings during the Covid-19 shutdown. Contact email@example.com
PCSG Waterloo-Wellington – 4th Tuesday each month at 7 pm. Meetings being held by Zoom videoconference until further notice. Contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
PCS Toronto – Warriors Group (for Advanced Prostate Cancer)
A sub-group for men and women dealing with advanced prostate cancer. Here is an opportunity for men and their partners to meet and learn from knowledgeable fellow survivors. If you feel this may be applicable to you, you might want to join their meetings or join their Facebook group. Next information exchange meeting is October 26th.