Resources for patients with prostate cancer in Alberta

Clinical Services

Urology Clinics

Currently most new Alberta prostate cancer patients are seen within two urology clinics: The Alberta Urology institute in Edmonton and the Prostate Cancer Centre in Calgary.

  • The Northern Alberta Urology Centre. (NAUC) currently has 13 urologists in Edmonton representing both academic and clinical interests, as well as the only Urology Residency Training Program in Alberta. At the NAUC, patients are provided comprehensive care for prostate health and prostate cancer including diagnosis, treatment and research services to all men within Northern Alberta.

  • The Prostate Cancer Centre is located within the Southern Alberta Institute of Urology (SAIU) that houses all 16 urologists in Calgary. The SAIU provides a comprehensive range of urological services. The Prostate Cancer Centre provides comprehensive care to men in southern Alberta across the disease continuum including early consultation and rapid access to diagnostic testing, awareness, diagnosis, and education about treatment options and also conducts scientific and clinical research.

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Over 90% of new prostate cancer patients in Alberta are seen in the two urology clinics and both of them house their own research centres and run a number of clinical trials to better serve prostate cancer patients. Many of these urologists are active members of APCaRI and are working collaboratively to execute the initiative’s strategic plan and research projects and programs including collection of clinical information along with tissue, blood, urine and semen specimens as part of the APCaRI Alberta Prostate Registry and BioRepository.

Cancer Centres

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The Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary and the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton offer:

  • Patient navigation and tumour triage coordination
  • Diagnostic services
  • Treatment for prostate cancer
  • Supportive care for patients
  • Laboratory services
  • Nutritional, exercise, quality of life, orientation, and spiritual care programs
  • …. and more

Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre in Calgary offers:

  • Outpatient clinic

Click here to see a detailed list of cancer centres across Alberta. Associate Cancer Centres provide patient navigation, treatment for prostate cancer (Systemic plus Radiation for Lethbridge and Red Deer; Systemic only for Medicine Hat and Grande Prairie), diagnostic services, laboratory services:

 

Support groups

Support groups in Alberta support men and their families on the journey with prostate cancer by increasing awareness of the disease and by offering help one-on-one or through support groups. To know more……

Links to internet resources

Prostate Cancer Canada also offers a series of resources and information.

 

Lifestyle Management

TrueNTH Lifestyle Management gives men access to physical activity and yoga programs in Alberta  lifestyle.truenth.ca

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The TrueNTH (pronounced True North) Lifestyle Management (LM) Program is part of the Global TrueNTH network funded by Movember (in partnership with Prostate Cancer Canada nationally). TrueNTH LM aims to improve the survivorship experience for men living with prostate cancer through physical activity, nutrition, and stress-reduction resources (programs and educational materials).

TrueNTH LM includes a free 12-week physical activity and yoga program with classes designed specifically to address the health and treatment related concerns for men living with prostate cancer. Men can also access a comprehensive online portal with tools, education, and home-based programming for help with staying active, reducing stress, and maintaining a proper diet.

In Calgary, TrueNTH LM has partnered with City of Calgary Recreation to offer programs at four different locations throughout the city. Registration is ongoing for men. In Edmonton, the Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic at the University of Alberta will be hosting a TrueNTH LM program starting in January 2016. Future programs will be announced as they become available. Men living in rural Alberta are able to join an online-based program at lifestyle.truenth.ca.

All men who have been previously diagnosed with prostate cancer regardless of when they were diagnosed or what treatment they received can join the TrueNTH LM online portal or join a community program. Each person will undergo an initial health screening to ensure physical activity is safe.

For more information or to register, phone the Health and Wellness Lab in Calgary at 403-210-8482.

Letter for participants

 

The Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre has the highest accrual for a novel ultrasound study in prostate cancer

“We have enrolled over 400 patients at our site, reaching our enrollment goal much faster than all other sites across North America. We are now planning on adding in 250 more patients to this trial because of the encouraging results found with the first arm of the trial. Our site tied with the highest accrual goal and surpassed all other sites to meet our enrollment goal.”

The study is a “Multi-Center trial of high-resolution transrectal ultrasound versus standard low-resolution transrectal ultrasound for the identification of clinically significant prostate cancer”

The only definitive method for diagnosing prostate cancer is through a prostate biopsy. This procedure includes the use of an ultrasound machine to guide both freezing needles and biopsy needles into the prostate. The ultrasound machine that is currently in use is a low-resolution ultrasound machine which means that although it is good at seeing the entire prostate gland to guide the needles, it is often unable to visualize the prostate in enough detail to be able to see different lesions and areas of concern within it. Thus, many biopsy samples are taken systematically with two samples from each section of the prostate. Recently a new ultrasound machine has been created that gives images of the prostate with much higher resolution, allowing the radiologist performing the biopsy to see details within the prostate that were previously inaccessible. A study using this new high-resolution ultrasound machine is being completed at the Prostate Cancer Centre to compare the adequacy of this new machine to detect prostate cancer over the standard low-resolution machine. Over 650 patients will be enrolled in this study!

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- Eric Hyndman

Our International Network of Partners

Meeting these ambitious goals will not be possible without the committed engagement of our many partners across Alberta, Canada and the World. Learn more about our Partners.