Prostate Cancer Centre
Our Story Why We Exist
My story starts when I got the news from my brother in 2008 that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was 61 years old and in good health and was diligent about getting his annual physical which included both the digital and PSA tests. His PSA was elevated which led to the biopsy confirming cancer. He elected to have the Radical Prostatectomy and has fully recovered.
In 2009, I decided to join the Calgary Ride for Dad in support of prostate cancer research and education and dedicated my participation to my brother and his success in the battle with prostate cancer. He attributes the success to early detection through annual checkups. Little did I know that in less than two months I would also be diagnosed with the disease, also at age 61.
I had been getting annual physicals from age thirty and prostate checks became a part of the routine in my mid forties. I am fortunate that my current family doctor is very thorough when it comes to medical examinations. When I mentioned my brother’s diagnosis, he sent me off to the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre when he noticed an abnormality in the digital exam. The subsequent biopsy confirmed cancer and after considering the options, I opted for the surgery. I’m happy to report that everything went well and I’m pretty much back to normal. I can’t say enough about the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre and the great work they do with prostate cancer research and education.
During my pre-op visits I guess I was too preoccupied to notice the Resource Centre and the wealth of information that was available. It was only later that I decided to attend an evening session that involved short presentations from professionals that spoke about healthy diets, physical fitness, yoga programs and pelvic floor rehabilitation. My recovery was certainly enhanced by putting to practice some of the information received at this wellness clinic.
I was impressed by the dedication of the staff and volunteers at the Prostate Cancer Centre and in 2010 I signed up with the Man Van™ as a driver. The program is dedicated to raise awareness to men in their early forties of the importance of getting a PSA test for baseline reference. This mobile testing unit is helping to spread the word out to men at events around Alberta and is manned by volunteers and is supported by generous donations.
We are a world-class medical centre with a mandate to prevent Alberta men from dying of prostate cancer, and to improve the quality of their lives and their families lives in the process. We have made a difference for Art and his family.
To learn how we’ve impacted patient’s lives, visit our website:
Our Impact What We Do
Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre opened in 1999 and today is a world-class medical centre with a mandate to prevent Alberta men from dying of prostate cancer, and to improve the quality of their lives and their families lives in the process. Annually, over 12,000 patients visit the Prostate Cancer Centre. The Centre pursues its mission by reaching out to individuals, corporations, and others to channel resources – both financial and human – to fight this deadly disease.
In 2009, the Prostate Cancer Centre introduced the Man Van™ Program. This program goes out into the communities of Calgary. In 2013 a second Man Van™ was added to go out to communities in rural southern Alberta. Its two mobile PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood testing clinics not only provide baseline PSA tests for men aged 40 and older, but they also create awareness about the importance of early detection of prostate cancer as it is treatable if caught early.
Our Men’s Health Program is powered by the Man Van and expands mobile testing beyond the PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) by offering additional health measurements including: Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure and blood sugar. The Man Van is the perfect platform to reach men of all ages and socioeconomic status as it directly accesses rural and urban Alberta. We are very pleased to be able to offer this added service for men.
- 6,628 men tested
- 4,156 men accessed our services
- 3,416 people used our resource centre
- 3,500 volunteer hours
Annual Report - 2015 Highlights:
In 2015, we entered into a period of great opportunity and complex challenges. At a time when all budgets are tight and we are seeking ways to reduce costs, our mission to over treat less and cure more takes on added urgency.
In the Active Surveillance Rapid Access Clinic, we had over 600 patient visits. This clinic is critical in aiding urologists to not over treat men with low grade prostate cancer.
The incredible reach of our Man Van (TM) program in Calgary and rural areas resulted in over 6,600 men given a PSA test in 2015. This test aids urologists in the early detection of prostate cancer.
Support through Active Surveillance in men with low-grade cancer and early detection of prostate cancer is an investment, not an expense.
Our Programs How We Do It
The 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. We offer group and individual programs that assist patients at the time of diagnosis, during their treatment and throughout their recovery.
By 2019 we want everyone living with prostate cancer in Calgary and area to be able to say:
- "I can enjoy life."
- "I was diagnosed early."
- "I feel part of a community and I’m inspired to give something back”
- "I understand my treatment options, so I can make good decisions"
- “I am secure in my knowing my family will have a place to go if they need it”
- "I get the treatment, care and aftercare that are the best for my cancer and my life”
Our Requests What You Can Do
Volunteer: Our 71 volunteers are our most valuable resource. Many of our volunteers have experienced prostate cancer firsthand and generously share their time, insight and experience. Opportunities are available both within the Centre and in the community.
Hold an Event: Fundraising events are a fun way for people of all ages, interests, and abilities to come together and support a worthy cause. They are so important to the work at the Prostate Cancer Centre and you make them happen. Events also provide a platform to share prostate cancer awareness in your community. The event can be a creation of your choice – make it fun and invite your friends, family and colleagues to support you!
Host a Man Van Clinic: The Prostate Cancer Centre is pleased to introduce our “Get Checked” prostate health program to employers who place a high value on health for their male employees. The Man Van™ is a mobile unit operated by the Prostate Cancer Centre. Its purposed is to increase awareness of the importance of early detection of prostate cancer. On scheduled dates it offers free on-the-spot baseline PSA testing at a variety of locations.
Sponsorship: When we work together we are able to accomplish amazing things. There are opportunities to support the work at our Centre, including programs and services and the Man Van™ program. Additionally, many of our community events rely on prizes, donations, and cash sponsorship’s.
To learn more about what you can do, visit our website: http://www.prostatecancercentre.ca/support-us/