P. O. Box 722
Pointe-Claire, Quebec
Canada H9R 4S8


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Our next meeting is scheduled for October 29, 2020 at 7:30PM.
A Virtual Cannabis Workshop exploring the medicinal
and legal aspects of cannabis with Francis Gerlack,
Certified Cannabis Consultant, 57 Medical Cannanis Resorce Centre

Everyone is invited to attend but for administrative purposes
please tell us if you wish to do so by 5pm, Sunday October 25th.
To register to join this workshop, please reply to this email.
We will send the Zoom meeting link to those who have respnded.

We look forward to seeing you on Octber 29th, at 7:30pm.
Hope you are doing well and staying safe.


Our mission:
We are a Montreal West Island support group for those who need help dealing with a diagnosis of prostate cancer and coping with the ensuing problems. Our membership of approximately 250 individuals meets monthly for talks and conversation. We also disseminate information at a wide range of community functions and in our newsletters.
Our meetings:
Our meetings are normally held on the 4th Thursday of every month except December, July and August. Our meetings often involve an invited speaker, followed by refreshments and conversation. A wide variety of helpful literature is available for takeout.
When is our next meeting?
Our next meeting is scheduled for October 29, 2020 at 7:30PM. We will have a Virtual Cannabis Workshop exploring the medicinal and legal aspects of cannabis with Francis Gerlack, Certified Cannabis Consultant, 57 Medical Cannanis Resorce Centre. (See above).

Where are our meetings?
Our meetings take place in the Sarto Desnoyers Community Centre, 1335 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, Quebec. (See map). Admission and parking are free.
What time do we begin our meetings?
Our meetings begin at 7:30PM and typically last about an hour and a half. Come early for informal conversation.
We need new volunteers for our steering committee!
Our steering committee needs your help. If you would like to volunteer some of your time to our group, we'd greatly appreciate it. in particular, we are in need of a secretary to record the minutes of our meetings. We are a bunch of dedicated individuals, feeling we are on an important mission. Please approach us via email, telephone, or at our meetings.

Our Photo Gallery (Click on images to enlarge)

At Our 2017 Meetings

June 22, 2017

Dr. Lindsay Duncan receiving thanks
for her talk by Bob Johansson

May 25, 2017

Dr. David Saad receiving our
Outstanding Contribution Award
from Ron Sawatzky

January 26, 2017

Fred Crombie (right) thanking our speaker
Dr. Avrum Jacobson

September 2016 Support Group Activities

September 17, 2016

Our Community Awareness Day booth
with Jeffrey Kelley (Liberal MNA), Wayne
Hmsworth, Allen Moore and Allan Lehrer

September 22, 2016

Ron Sawatzky thanking Dr. Samuel Aronson
for his talk to our group on MRI use
in diagnose and treatment

At Our November 2016 Meeting

November 24, 2016

Bob Johannson (right) thanking our speaker
Dr. David Labbé

At Our September 2015 Meeting

September 24, 2015

Ron Sawatzky thanking our speaker
Dr. Guila Delouya

September 2013 Support Group Activities

September 15, 2013

Ron Sawatzky and partner Annie Drab
at the Procure Walk of Courage

September 21, 2013

Francesco Moranelli at our table at the
Pointe Claire Community Awareness Day

Our 2013 Annual General Meeting held on April 23, 2013

Dr. Peter Chan receiving our
2013 Outstanding Contribution Award
from Monty Newborn and Ron Sawatzky

Speakers at some of our recent meetings

January 24, 2013

Dr. Serge Carrier is thanked by George
Larder for his talk "My Cancer is Gone
but... I am Incontinent and Impotent.
Can I fix it?"

November 22, 2012

Isabelle Vermette receiving thanks from
Ron Sawatzky and Charles Curtis
for her talk "A Do-it-yourself
Patient Record Website."

Cedars Cancer Institute Prostate Cancer Evening
Hosted by the Montreal Neurological Institute
November 20, 2012

Ron Sawatzky and Monty Newborn
at our table

An attentive audience listening
to the lecture a the the MNI

Speakers at several previous meetings

April 26, 2012

Isabelle Gregoire, flanked by Monty
Newborn and Ron Sawatzky, as
she receives our group's
2012 Outstanding Contribution Award.

April 26, 2012

Isabelle Gregoire at the podium
reminiscing about her career
following receiving our
2012 Outstanding Contribution Award.

September 22, 2011

Fred Crombie (center) thanks Steve Jones
and Helene Vassos for their talk
"Prostate Cancer Canada -
Our Vision, and Our Commitment."

June 23, 2011

Les Polancsak thanks Dr. Irwin
Kuzmarov for his talk
"Prostate Cancer: Programs
for the Geriatic Population."

March 24, 2011

Ron Sawatzky thanks Dr. Wes Kassouf
for his talk
"Prostate Cancer:
Diagnosis and Treatment"

February 24, 2011

Ron Sawatzky thanks Dr. Scott Kenick
for his talk
"Colon Cancer / Colonoscopy:
The Ifs, Ands and Butts."
October 28, 2010

Dr. Yosh Taguchi receives thanks from
Charles Curtis for his talk
"ADT: the Good and the Bad."
June 25, 2010

Dr. Joe Schwarcz receives thanks from
Les Polancsak for his talk
"Green Chemistry"
March 25, 2010

Dr. Luis Souhami receives thanks from
Ron Sawatzky for his talk
"Prostate Cancer and Radiation Therapy"
November 26, 2009

Tom Grant thanks Dr. Jacques Corcos
for his talk
"Managing Incontinence"

Cedars Cancer Institute Prostate Cancer Evening
Hosted by the Montreal General Hospital
September 29, 2010

Monty Newborn and Allan Moore (middle) speaking
with Suoport Group members at our booth

Community Awareness Day
Pointe-Claire Plaza
September 18, 2010

Charles Curtis, George Larder, and Fred Crombie

Tom Grant and Monty Newborn await
visitors to our table

Steering Committee Christmas Luncheon
December 2, 2009

Steering Committee discussing past year
during the annual Christmas luncheon

George Larder, Les Polancsak, Fred Crombie, and Allen Lehrer

Steering Committee Meeting
December 2, 2009

Ron Sawatzky, Les Poloncsak,
and Francesco Moranelli

Allen Lehrer, Monty Newborn, Allan Moore,
and Tom Grant

Fred Crombie, George Larder, and Charles Curtis

Our meeting on November 27, 2008

Discussion forum in session at our November 27, 2008 meeting

Raquel De Leon, McGill University Health
Center, talking with members

Community Public Health Education Program
Videoconference "Prostate Cancer "101"
October 22, 2008

Dr. Kuzmarov, Jo Ann Jones, Kelly Howarth
and Dr. Wise, an associate of Dr. Kuzmarov

Monty Newborn, Charles Curtis,
Allen Lehrer, and Dr. Kuzmarov

Community Awareness Day
Pointe-Claire Plaza
September 13, 2008

Fred Crombie, George Larder, and Charles Curtis

Fred Crombie and Les Poloncsak
displaying our literature

Ron Sawatzky and Allen Lehrer

Joe Applebaum and Monty Newborn

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Newsletter (Autumn 2020)
Newsletter (Spring 2019)
Newsletter (Autumn 2018)
Newsletter (Summer 2018)
Newsletter (March 2018)
Newsletter (January 2018)


Newsletter (November 2017)
Newsletter (May 2017)
Newsletter (November 2016)
Newsletter (September 2016)


Newsletter (May 2016)
Newsletter (March 2016)
Newsletter (November 2015)
Newsletter (September 2015)


Newsletter (June 2015)
Newsletter (March 2015)
Newsletter (February 2015)
Newsletter (November 2014)
Newsletter (September 2014)

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2019-2020 SPEAKERS

September 24, 2020; A Virtual Peer-to-Peer Open Session was held
dealing with Prostate Cancer and its ramifications.

October 24, 2019; Dr. Assaad El-Hakim, Urologist, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, McGill University
"Ask the Doctor."

Dr. Assaad El-Hakim

2018-2019 SPEAKERS

June 27, 2019; Sarah Dougherty, Lawyer and Head, Services for English-Speaking Communities.
"Planning Ahead, Powers of Attorney, Protection Mandates, Advanced Medical Directives and Wills."

May 23, 2019: Dr. Daniel Taussky, Associate Professor, Department of Radio-Oncolgy and Nuclear Medicine, University of Montreal.
Received our Annual Outstanding Contribution Award

March 28, 2019: Robin Glance,
" Navigating Your Nutrition Knowledge."


January 24, 2019: Dr. Rob Rutledge,
"Complete Prostate Cancer Care: How to empower yourself at levels of Body, Mind and Spirit."

November 29, 2018: Marie Josée Lord,
"Managing Incontinence."

Marie Josée Lord

September 27, 2018: Kimberly Thibodeau,
"Caring for the Caregiver."

Kimberly Thibodeau

2017-2018 SPEAKERS

June 28, 2018: Dr. Joe Schwarcz,
"Food Confusion."

Dr. Joe Schwarcz

May 24, 2018: Dr. Jacques Lapointe
"Recent Advances in Prostate Cancer Biomarkers Research."

April 26, 2018: Dr. Armen Aprikian
received our 2018 Outstanding Contribution Award.

March 22, 2017: Dr. Avrum Jacobson,
"Ask your doctor."

Dr. Avrum Jacobson

January 25, 2018: Elizabeth Segura,"Acupuncture and Prostate Cancer."

2016-2017 SPEAKERS

June 22, 2017: Dr. Lindsay Duncan,
"A web-based self-help program to reduce anxiety and enhance quality of life among caregivers and prostate cancer survivors."

Dr. Lindsay Duncan

May 25, 2017: Dr. Fred Saad
received our 2017 Outstanding Contribution Award.

Dr. Fred Saad

April 27, 2017: Our president Ron Sawatzky led a group discussion.

March 26, 2017:Dr. Jacques Corcos, "Is new technology better to treat prostate cancer? An insider comments on robotic surgery."

Dr. Jacques Corcos

February 23, 2017: Steering Commitee Member Wayne Hemsworth led a "Peer to Peer Forum."

January 26, 2017: Dr. Avrum Jacobson,
"Ask your doctor."

Dr. Avrum Jacobson

November 24, 2016: Dr. David Labbé, "Unraveling the role of diet in prostate cancer."

Dr. David Labbé

October 27, 2016: Our president,
Ron Sawatzky moderated a general discussion on prostate cancer.


September 22, 2016: Dr. Samuel Aronson. "Prostate MRI: Accurate Diagnosis and Treatment."

Dr. Samuel Aronson

2015-2016 SPEAKERS

June 23, 2016: Dr. Joe Schwarcz. "CELEBRITY SCIENCE-From Suzanne Somers to Dr. Oz"

Dr. Joe Schwarcz

May 26, 2016: Dr. Elliot Drobetsky. "Stemming the Tide of Sunlight-Associated Skin Cancer Myths and Realities."

Dr. Elliot Drobetsky

April 28, 2016: Dr. Serge Carrier
received our 2016 Outstanding Contribution Award.

Dr. Serge Carrier

February 25, 2016: The second round table discussion of the year was held.

January 28, 2016: A round table discussion was held giving attendees a chance to participate.

November 26, 2015: Dr. Jean-Baptiste Lattouf,
"Advanced Prostate Cancer: Available Treatments and Future Prospects."

Dr. Jean-Baptiste Lattouf

October 22, 2015: Robin Glance, Registered Dietician
"Food, Fact & Fiction"

Robin Glance

September 24, 2015: Dr. Guila Delouya, Notre-Dame Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation, Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, Univ. of Montreal. "Brachytherapy for localized prostate cancer."

Dr. Guila Delouya


2014-2015 SPEAKERS

June 25, 2015: Our president, Ron Sawatzky moderated a general discussion on prostate cancer.

May 28, 2015: Dr. Michel Tremblay, Professor, Goodman Cancer Research Centre and Department of Biochemistry, McGill University. "Cancer Vaccines; new directions to fight cancer from within."

Dr. Michel Tremblay

April 23, 2015: Dr. Jacques Corcos received our 2015 Outstanding Contribution Award. He then address us with an overview of progress made during his career in treating prostate cancer.

Dr. Jacques Corcos

March 26, 2015: Marie-Josee Lord, Physiotherapist and authority on Kegel exercise - pelvic floor muscle training. "Let's Talk Plumbing."

Marie-Josée Lord

February 26, 2015: Dr. Jacques Lapointe, Associate Professor of Urology, McGill University. "Research Project Pronto, A five year project to find an alternate to PSA."

Dr. Jacques Lapointe

November 27, 2014: Dr. Emad Rajih, urologist and Assistant Professor at Taibah University, Saudia Arabia and currently a Fellow of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Urology at the University of Montreal. "What Did We Get From Research In Prostate Cancer Management?"

Dr. Emad Rajih

October 23, 2014: William Brock, leukemia survivor and author of Portraits of Hope spoke on surviving cancer.

William Brock

September 25, 2014: Monty Newborn moderated a general discussion on advanced cancer treatments including, in particular, abiraterone.

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