Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre operates for you. We provide current information about prostate cancer and the most up-to-date resources. Together, our staff and volunteers form a team that works to ensure your needs are met. Our programs and services are tailored to guide you through your journey with prostate cancer.

Our Programs

Rapid Access Clinics (RAC)

Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre hosts a variety of sessions providing rapid access to a specialist for all stages of prostate cancer from pre-diagnosis to post-treatment.

Rapid Access Clinics

Access to a Specialist

Express clinics to shorten wait times from a family doctor referral to a consultation with a urologist.

Access to Treatment Options

Bi-monthly information sessions are held over Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 5:00-7:00pm. These free sessions are offered to men diagnosed with prostate cancer and are available to you and your partner by registration with your Urologist.

CLICK HERE for the October 2021 – December 2021 Treatment Options schedule.

Contact Jamie Dwyer, Nurse Navigator for more information at 403-943-8972.

Access to Post-Op Care

Follow-up care is offered from a post-op management care nurse.

Contact Hannah Lavigne at 403.943.8946

Access to support for Incontinence and Erectile dysfunction

 Assessment for continence and erectile issues by a nurse at 3 and 9 months post-op.

Contact Candace Frey at 403-943-8958

Active Surveillance

The Prostate Cancer Centre’s Active Surveillance Clinic closely follows carefully selected men with screen detected low risk cancer in the hopes of avoiding or delaying invasive treatment for prostate cancer.

Access to Bone Health

All men who attend the clinic for advanced prostate cancer are considered for referral to the Bone Health Program. The Centre’s Bone Health Specialist facilitates activities virtually (education, bone mineral density testing, medical consultation) to optimize bone health.

Pre-Op Class

(Provided by Alberta Health Services)

Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre provides the space for an Alberta Health Services nurse educator who talks about Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) and Radical Prostatectomy: what patients need to do before surgery, the process of the surgery and a volunteer/graduate will talk about their experience.

Every Monday from 12:30PM- 1:30PM (TURP) and 2:00PM – 3:00PM (Radical Prostatectomy) via Zoom. 

To register: 403.943.3313

Road to Recovery

Presenters for the Road to Recovery class include a Kinesiology Professor, Registered Dietician, Physiotherapist, and Registered Nurse to provide evidence-based teachings. This class is held virtually over Zoom and is designed to help men optimize their recovery after surgery.

Partners and/or support persons are welcome to attend

This class runs virtually over Zoom every second Tuesday from 1 PM – 3 PM

For more information, please phone 403.943.8872.

Post-Treatment Support

Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre offers the following programs and support following treatment for prostate cancer:

  • Nursing assessments
  • Pelvic physiotherapy
  • Treatment options for Erectile Function after Prostate Cancer Treatment
  • Injection therapy clinics
  • Referral for psychological support
  • Consultation with a specialist

Post Treatment Support Programs

Erectile Dysfunction After Prostate Cancer Treatment

Learn about the treatment options for erectile dysfunction and the pros and cons of each.

This class is a prerequisite for the Intravenous Injection Clinic.

Contact our Sexual Health Practitioner for upcoming class dates and times at 403.943.8958.

Intracavernous Injection Clinic

This is an in person clinic that teaches how to safely use intracavernous injections.

To register, please contact our Sexual Health Practitioner at 403.943.8958. 

Brain & Brawn

This class teaches participants functional fitness and relaxation techniques specifically designed for prostate cancer patients. This class is held via Zoom.

You should wait five weeks after surgery to attend this class.

To register, please call Jamie at 403.943.8972 

Strength & Stretch

Strength and stretching exercise class specifically designed for prostate cancer patients. Participants must register prior to attending. This class is held via Zoom.

Every Wednesday from 5:00PM – 6:00PM

To register:

403.943.8972 | jamie.d@prostatecancercentre.ca

 

Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) Class

The Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) Class is offered to any patients starting Androgen Deprivation Therapy (a.k.a. hormone therapy, Eligard injections). Participating in this online program provides patients with free access to a comprehensive workbook designed to help prepare them for Androgen Deprivation Therapy and let them know what to expect throughout. This treatment is associated with many side effects, some of which can be prevented, and others that can be managed effectively.

Download the pamphlet here.

To register for the online class, email: LifeOnADT@gmail.com

Community Presentations

Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre attends health and wellness fairs and provides the community with informational presentations about prostate cancer.

For more information or to book a presentation: 403.943.8869

Mobile Testing

We are pleased to provide the MAN VAN™ mobile baseline PSA testing unit. We offer on-the-spot baseline PSA blood tests for men over 40 during scheduled clinics. We also offer additional health measurements through our men’s health Know Your Numbers program which provides men over the age of 18 with waist circumference, blood sugar, and blood pressure measurements as well as a stress check.

MAN VAN™ Tracker

See where the MAN VAN™ will
be at a location near you:

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Peer Support

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may want to hear how other men have coped with their diagnosis.

Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre has created two programs that allow patients to connect with other men who have had prostate cancer and are willing to share their stories and experiences:

  1. Peer2Peer: This patient group meets at Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre on the third Thursday of every month at 1:00PM.Here, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with several men who have been through different treatment options and are in various stages of their journey with the disease. This is an informal, interactive session where men share their experiences, and answer questions.Partners are welcome to attend and parking passes will be provided.
    *Currently on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. 
  2. One-on-One Phone Connection Program: If you cannot make it to the in-person sessions, this program allows patients the opportunity to connect with men individually over the phone to ask questions and share concerns privately.

Support for partners of patients is also available.

 

To register for a monthly session or get connected through the phone program please contact:

403.943.8869
linda.m@prostatecancercentre.ca

Mental Wellness Support

1. Wellness Support Group: The wellness support group is available to patients and loved ones with the purpose to expand and explore their emotions further and provide coping skills to navigate through their recovery journey. During each meeting, volunteers share their stories of treating their prostate  cancer and what they use to overcome post-operative symptoms of surgery. A Clinical Psychologist leads and facilitates the conversation, and a Registered Nurse provides medical information, guidance, and support, provided by Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre and other community resources. For class dates and to register, please contact our Nurse Navigator at 403.943.8972.

2. Psychologist Consults: We have a psychologist available via zoom for individual consults for patients before and after surgery struggling with their cancer diagnosis, coping skills, and overwhelming emotions. All patient require a wellness consult with the nurse navigator prior to speaking with the psychologist. To book, please contact our Nurse Navigator at 403.943.8972.

“Calgary Prostate Cancer Center puts structure, information and knowledge around a very difficult situation. Eventually, you regain some emotional composure, and you realize you’ve been given a medical family of support to help you navigate your own processes of investigation and due diligence around treatment. It was incredibly helpful to connect with other men that had the experience of the cancer process themselves – alive and well and standing – and ready to talk to you about it. There was always a way to get answers to questions at the PCC. We could go there to speak with support staff and volunteers and learn about the available research. There is a real community of people there that understand what you are going through and are there to surround, support
and provide direction to you.”

Monica Stevens, Wife of Prostate Cancer Survivor