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

 

Our First Participant!

Thanks to the participation from men with suspected prostate cancer and men diagnosed with prostate cancer, we will be able to measure if our “tests” can reveal the true nature of prostate cancer and if the tests or biomarkers can diagnose prostate cancer and tell us what cancers are more aggressive.

As part of the Alberta Prostate Registry and Biorepository, patients will be entered into our study, in which blood and other samples are collected over time and their health outcomes are recorded over many years. Patients will follow standard medical advice and care through their doctors. Our team collect biospecimens and information related to general health and cancer behavior over time.

Rather than being frightened by the word ‘cancer’, we want to learn how to predict serious and morbid prostate cancer complications well before they happen, so that we can weigh carefully the pros and cons of available treatments.

In the process, we expect to identify new and important advantage points for better therapies to be developed. The word “cancer” may be scary, but what is truly scary is unawareness.

“It makes me very happy to be able to contribute to find better ways to diagnose prostate cancer.”

- Mr. Garcia