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Our support services

We are a prostate cancer information and support centre that provides free programs and supports for men and their families living on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. We are dedicated to providing clear, comprehensive and unbiased information, education and counseling in-person, online, or by phone to anyone interested in learning more about prostate health. Our services and programs ensure men and their families are supported in their journey through prostate cancer. Our goal is to help you feel supported and informed about prostate health, prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment options and the latest developments in research. We do not receive any core government funding. We rely on generous contributions of time and money from individuals, businesses and foundations to help us deliver men’s health services to Vancouver Island. We are grateful for the ongoing support from our strong sponsors and community partners showcased at the bottom of this web page. For more, contact Island Prostate Centre

Nurse Support Program

You likely have questions – our nurses have answers. After an initial diagnosis, you may need time to reflect and ask more questions. Here at Island Prostate Centre, we are ready when you are. Our Nurse Support Program provides in-person and over the phone private counseling support for men and their families. The Nurse Support Program is for men in the pre-treatment decision-making state, men who are in active treatment, and those men who are dealing with survivorship issues. These knowledgeable nurses offer uncomplicated, straightforward information on prostate health, prostate cancer treatment options, and what to expect. To book an appointment with one of our nurses, please contact us.

Prostate Cancer Support Group

You are not alone. Island Prostate Cancer Support Group is a place to meet and hear from men who have had, or are going through treatment themselves, as well as listen to leading doctors and speakers in the field. If you don’t live in Victoria, but would still like to hear from our guest speakers we provide the video from each speaker series here. Our Prostate Cancer Support Group provides:

  • Information – A venue for sharing information, both in a formal format through presentations from medical professionals, and through informal discussion with other group members.
  • Peer Support – A caring environment where anyone touched by prostate cancer can discuss their situation and bring up concerns and issues with others who have experienced the disease. This can be tremendously reassuring for those who are newly diagnosed. Members from the group also provide hospital visitation for those receiving surgical treatment.
Please note that our monthly meetings have changed locations!  We will now be meeting at the Royal Jubilee Hospital Patient Care Centre, 1952 Bay Street.  Yes, this is the new Care Centre building and we will be in room RJH PCC S150 
How do you get there?  Well, if you go through the front door of the Patient Care Centre (off Bay Street) and walk straight ahead, you will walk past the gift shop straight to the room. We will have ample volunteers and signage so that no one gets lost.

 Meeting format

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Sign in
  • 7:00 – 7:05: Opening remarks and information about activities and events in which Island Prostate Centre are engaged
  • 7:05 – 7:15: Introduction of new members
  • 7:15 – 8:15: Presentation by an expert speaker from the medical community
  • 8:15 – 8:30: Refreshment break
  • 8:30 – 9:00: Break out into discussion groups according to treatment type (men who have had surgery talk together, men who have had radiation talk together, etc.). There is also a discussion group for those attendees who are in a supporting role, such as spouses, partners, family members, etc. The medical presenter is encouraged to participate, though the discussion groups are primarily a space to informally share information and personal experiences.

Upcoming Speakers

  • January 2018 – Please note that the Prostate Cancer Support Group will not meet this month.
  • Thursday, February 1st, 2018 – Isobel MacKenzie, Seniors Advocate, Office of the Seniors Advocate, British Columbia.  Topic:  Navigation and Advocacy
  • Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Support Group Contact

The Prostate Cancer Support Group is organized by Island Prostate Centre, who can be contacted by filling out this form. Additionally, Support Group presentations and the award-winning video “Prostate Cancer: Your Treatment Options” are available on DVD by contacting Island Prostate Centre or by filling out this form.

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Free psychological counselling

To help you cope Island Prostate Centre has secured the services of a community psychologist who provides up to three hours of free counseling for men, couples and families who are struggling with any aspect of a prostate cancer diagnosis. Please contact the counselor’s office directly and indicate that you are a client of the Centre: Dr. Michael Boissevain: 250-592-6869 1834 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria BC

The Benefits of Counseling

How common is emotional distress in cancer patients?

Between 35 – 45% of all cancer patients experience significant emotional distress, including depression.

How common is emotional distress in families and caregivers?

Studies have found that family members experience as much, if not more, distress as the patients. Family members typically experience fear of loneliness, a sense of helplessness, lifestyle disruption and uncertainty. Family members struggle with the possibility of the death of their loved one.

How counseling helps

Cope with reactions to cancer

  • Anger at having the disease
  • Fear of cancer
  • Changes to your body
  • Anxiety about treatment
  • Fear of cancer coming back
  • Anger at not getting clear answers
  • Loss of control
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Wondering if life will ever seem normal again
  • Grief and sadness

Address family issues

  • Relationship or family counseling
  • How the family can be supportive
  • Changes in roles within your family
  • Talking with your children

Confront practical issues

  • Reorganize finances
  • Plan how to raise issues with your doctor
  • Plan how to talk to your employer and co-workers
  • Solve transportation / accommodation problems
  • Obtain information

Explore personal issues

  • Assess relationships, sexuality, and career or leisure pursuits
  • Clarify values, goals and priorities
  • Make the most of your life
Victoria Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program

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.

Modules include:

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.

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Urinary Incontinence

A 90-minute 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.

 DAPPER Nutrition Program

Classes take place on the 1st and 3rd Tues of every month from 10:30-12 noon in the Patient Education Room (located on the 3rd floor at the BC Cancer Agency). The session will consist of a 60-minute interactive presentation followed by 30 mins for questions and further discussion

 Recognition and Management of Treatment-Related Side Effects of Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT)

This is a 90-minute group information session for patients with prostate cancer who may be starting or currently on hormone therapy, and their partners. Facilitated by the IPC Resource Nurse, strategies for managing the side effects of ADT are presented in a classroom setting, and spouses/partners are most welcome!

 Managing the Impact of Prostate Cancer Treatments on Sexual Function

This is a 90-minute group information session which focuses on the sexual side effects of prostate cancer treatments and sexual rehabilitation.


All information sessions are offered monthly at the BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Island Centre.

**For more information on the PCSC Program, please contact Sarah Mahovlich at vic.pcsc@bccancer.bc.ca or 250-519-5500 ext. 693709 to enrol.


Cancer Recovery Exercise Program

We can help you stay active. Our Exercise Program is a community-based program for prostate cancer patients and survivors designed to encompass exercise and education. It is designed to accommodate men going through treatment or who may be suffering from post-treatment side effects –arming them with the education, motivation and the tools to be physically active. The Exercise Program follows current exercise guidelines for cancer survivors and patients, but it is tailored to the needs of each participant. It combines aerobic exercises with strength, flexibility, balance and core stabilization.

Mondays and Thursdays, 9:30 am – 10:45 am (for “seasoned” participants), 10:45 am – 12:00 (for “newbies”)

Location: Monday:  PISE – AET Clinic (4371 Interurban Road), Thursday at Sons of Norway House (1110 Hillside Avenue).

This is a free program, and participants can register when they arrive at the session. For more information, please contact Island Prostate Centre.

DAPPER Nutrition Progam

We welcome all prostate cancer patients to participate in a 1.5 hour interactive, Dietitian-led nutrition education program. 

This free nutrition program is for all men (newly diagnosed, in active treatment and post treatment) living with prostate cancer on Vancouver Island and their partners.  It offers the latest in evidence based information about diet and how to reduce your risk of prostate cancer recurrence, as well as tips for managing side effects of treatment.

Sessions take place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10:30 am-12:00 pm. They are held at the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Island Centre, Patient Education Room (3rd floor).

This is a free program, and participants are encouraged to pre-register for the session. For more information, please contact Island Prostate Centre.

Country Grocer Men’s Health Day – annual education and testing event

In 2017, our Country Grocer Men’s Health Day provided our community with 625 free PSA tests.  37 of those test results were elevated, with 11 of them at a higher risk for prostate cancer.

These patients required follow up with their family physician.

The event encourages men to implement positive lifestyle choices for themselves and to seek early and appropriate treatment for disease and injury. Contact Island Prostate Centre for more information.  Please note our next Men’s Health Day will take place in September 2018.

Generously sponsored by:

                Country Grocer / Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live / Used.ca /  Island Health / Beckman Coulter / NexGen                            Jim Pattison Toyota Victoria / Odlum Brown / CIBC Wood Gundy / Berwick Royal Oak and Berwick House

The Lending Library

Island Prostate Centre has a full library of books, DVDs, magazines and informational pamphlets on prostate cancer, prostate health, erectile dysfunction, incontinence, and other urological and oncological health issues. You are welcome to look at these resources at our Victoria office, or take them home for a short lending period. If you live outside of Victoria, we can provide you with links to useful online resources. For more information, please contact Island Prostate Centre.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Prostate Cancer Support Group

    February 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Prostate Cancer Support Group

    March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Prostate Cancer Support Group

    April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Prostate Cancer Support Group

    May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Prostate Cancer Support Group

    June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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