“I am a prostate cancer survivor. I recently retired after being a realtor for 32 years. I was diagnosed in 1999 with a Gleason 8 and had surgery in 2001. All was well until a recurrence in 2008; I am now on intermittent hormone therapy with metastases to the spine.
Regarding volunteer activities, in the past, I served two years on the board of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of BC, and served on the PCCN (Prostate Cancer Canada Network) Advisory Council for two years. I was on the executive committee which organized the annual prostate cancer father’s day run for 15 years. I recently facilitated the training of new peer navigators, a Movember initiative, and was a patient advocate at their Vancouver conference. Currently I am co-chair of the BC Prostate Cancer Support Group Council. I also volunteer with the BC Foundation, counseling men who phone in, also attending wellness fairs and giving PowerPoint presentations to groups such as firefighters, Rotaries Clubs, First Nations groups, etc.”
“I was born and raised on a farm in Williamstown, Ontario. Throughout my career, I worked for Bell Canada in many different capacities, and retired in 1993. In 1998, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent a radical prostatectomy in March of 1999. In 2010, I found out that the cancer had metastasized to the bones in my pelvic area, spine and ribs.
Chemotherapy was the first therapy used to combat the spread of the cancer. I have also undergone non-funded and unapproved drugs.
On May 25, 2018 I had hip reconstruction surgery, and the doctors advised that chemotherapy and external radiation were prime causes of hip fractures in cancer patients.
I am presently awaiting a second hip reconstruction surgery for my left hip, as it is now failing as well.”
About the CCSN Prostate Cancer Advisory Council
CCSN has an established Prostate Cancer Advisory Council to help direct our work on behalf of prostate cancer patients and their families.
The Prostate Cancer Advisory Council of the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network provides expert advice to the Board and CEO. It is made up of prostate cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, family members and healthcare professionals
interested in working hand in hand with patients.
Click here for a PDF detailing the Terms of Reference for the Prostate Cancer Advisory Council, and the responsibilities that may become available for Council members to take part in.
If this interests you, please contact us for additional information.