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The Biopsy
2013-09-03 9:44:19 AM
I’m a pretty curious guy, so I spent some time online (which I know you’re not supposed to do) reading about how prostate biopsies are normally preformed.

Not too much to talk about really – the Radiologist sticks an ultrasound probe up your rectum and measures the size and shape of the prostate and then he or she inserts a needle to freeze the side of the rectum. After the freezing is in, a special instrument called a needle gun is inserted and samples are taken through the wall of the rectum and into the prostate.
The Fickle Finger of Fate
2013-08-26 9:38:00 AM
My doctor has happily given me physical prostate exams since I was in my early thirties. I have a family history of prostate cancer and we both knew that at some point there was a very good likelihood that I’d end up with the disease, so he regularly did a rectal exam at least once a year and often more than that. At least once a year, I had a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test done as well. It’s a simple blood test that measures the level of the PSA in your blood, and I think it’s a valuable extra tool doctors should use to help determine someone’s prostate health. There’s a lot of debate about using the PSA test alone, for a myriad of reasons, but in my case we had a long-standing baseline measurement that, combined with regular manual exams, gave us a pretty accurate picture of my prostate health.
My Journey with Prostate Cancer: The Introduction
2013-08-19 10:21:49 AM
I am a very happily retired guy who’s been enjoying the good life since October 26, 2010, when my wife and I retired from 37 years at The StarPhoenix. During my working career I started in the Composing Room producing advertisements for the newspaper in hot metal type – I was actually the last person at the SP using hot metal when we converted to what we called cold type in the mid-seventies.
Breast Friends Support PCC
2012-09-22 4:13:28 PM
The Breast Friends are supporting PCC by donating proceeds from one of their cookbooks! They've graciously shared some of their recipes (below) in honour of Prostate Cancer Awareness week. If you're looking for meal ideas this weekend you should try some of these out!
Research Update: Rising Star Award
2012-09-19 2:22:30 PM
We hear a lot about research in the field of cancer these days. There have been so many exciting developments that have opened the door to potential new treatments and knowledge.
Prostate Cancer and Parliament
2012-09-18 2:51:49 PM
When we think about prostate cancer, we might think of a conversation  we had with our doctor. Or maybe a conversation with our family or friends. What about a conversation with your local MP?
Prostate Cancer Awareness week- why are we doing this?
2012-09-17 4:41:00 PM
We pass by men on the street every day. They’re our co-workers, neighbours and friends. Closer to home, we talk to our fathers, brothers and husbands. Men occupy important places in our lives- and yet, we don’t stop to consider that during their lifetime 1 in 7 of them will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Announcing ASAP!
2012-08-28 1:59:09 PM
Given the prevalence of prostate cancer in Canadian men, the message couldn’t be clearer: we need to expand survivorship services.  That’s why we’re so excited about launching  ‘A Survivorship Action Partnership’ (ASAP).
UPDATE - Survivorship Programs
2012-06-04 4:26:30 PM
The five year relative survival rate for prostate cancer is close to 100 per cent. In other words – this is a highly curable disease.  For survivors, beating the disease is often only the first step, as recovery can result in a host of other challenges.  PCC’s goal is to support men and their families throughout their prostate cancer journey – diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Clare's Story
2012-04-03 3:15:01 PM
We were very happy, Kim myself and our three children, Victoria 19, Austin 19 and Jennifer 16. We were in love; we had great jobs and a wonderful family. We thought we were invincible. We met in 2006 and married in 2008. 
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