We invite you, as a prostate cancer patient or partner of a prostate cancer patient, to join the Victoria Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program, located at the BC Cancer Vancouver Island Centre. The PCSC Program was initiated in 2013 at the Vancouver Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital.
This is a comprehensive survivorship program for men with prostate cancer, their partners and families from the time of diagnosis onwards, which provides support with treatment decision making, rehabilitation needs post-treatment and lifestyle management.
We offer 6 modules of care that both you and your partner can participate in:
Introduction to Prostate Cancer and Primary Treatment Options
A 2-hour group information session for men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, which is jointly presented by a urologist and a radiation oncologist. Diagnosis, treatment options, side effects and side effect management strategies are discussed.
Managing the Impact of Prostate Cancer Treatments on Sexual Function & Intimacy
A 1.5-hour group information session that focuses on sexual side effects of prostate cancer treatments and sexual rehabilitation.
A healthy lifestyle has been shown to improve the quality of life for men with prostate cancer. We hold two regular group information sessions:
- Diet and Prostate Program: Education and Recommendations (DAPPER)
- Exercise for Prostate Cancer Patients
We also provide exercise evaluations by a certified exercise physiologist, and work together with the Island Prostate Centre in order to refer patients and partners to the available community exercise programs.
Recognition & Management of Treatment-Related Side Effects of Androgen Deprivation Therapy
A 1.5 hour information session for men with prostate cancer, starting or currently on hormone therapy, and their partners. A Registered Nurse will discuss potential side effects and strategies to mitigate them.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Urinary Incontinence
A 1.5-hour group information session that is suitable for patients both pre and post prostate cancer treatment to understand what can be done to reduce the effects of surgery and radiation therapy on urinary function.
Between 35-45% of all cancer patients will experience significant anxiety or depression at some point along their cancer journey. We are working together with BC Cancer to increase counselling services in the future. For further information please contact the program coordinator.
All information sessions are offered monthly at the BC Cancer Vancouver Island Centre.
Please contact the PCSC Program Coordinator to register for the PCSC Program and find out more information:
Tel: 250-519-5500 ext. 693709