Next meetings

Thursday, July 14, 2022 – Zoom Meeting, 7pm

Sharing Session with a special focus on attendees with Advanced Prostate Cancer

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Friday, August 19, 2022 – Annual PCSO Barbeque, 4pm

Location: Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Maplesoft-Jones Facility
1500 Alta Vista Dr, Ottawa (corner of Alta Vista Dr and Industrial Ave)

To help us plan for the food needed for this event, PCSO members will receive e-mail in early July requesting numbers of attendees.

Watch this space for further details.


Past Events

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - Zoom meeting, 7pm

“Managing fear of cancer recurrence: Tips for patients and caregivers”.

Dr. Sophie Lebel, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

Portrait of Dr. Sophie LebelDr. Sophie Lebel is a professor of clinical psychologist at the University of Ottawa, with a focus on cancer survivorship and psychosocial interventions. She has contributed to the definition and measurement of fear of cancer recurrence and clinical recurrence, validated a blended model of fear of cancer recurrence, and co-developed a cognitive existential group intervention for survivors that has been tested through clinical trials.

Jani Lamarche

Portrait of Jani LamarcheJani Lamarche is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include fear of cancer recurrence, cancer patients and family caregivers, and the development of E-health interventions. She is currently working on adapting the Fear Of Recurrence Therapy (FORT) intervention for family caregivers of cancer patients to an online format.

You’re Invited to Participate!

The University of Ottawa Psychosocial Oncology Laboratory is conducting two important cancer-related studies. Dr. Sophie Lebel and her doctoral students are seeking volunteers for their research in these two areas:

Recruitment Poster Flyer Managing your fear of cancer recurrence: A research study for Canadian family caregivers
See related recruitment poster for details - Fear of Cancer Recurrence_Recruitment Flyer (.pdf)

The studies poster Why am I Still Tired? A Group for Cancer-Related Fatigue
See related recruitment poster for details - Cancer Related Fatigue Group Study Flyer (.pdf)

These two research projects consist of weekly online group meetings over the course of seven and four weeks, respectively, and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please consider participating – you could make a positive difference for the treatment of these commonly experienced conditions.

Thursday, May 5, 2022 - Zoom Meeting, 7pm

Annual General Meeting & Sharing Session

Includes review of the yearly financial summary, overview of activities, and the election of directors in place of those retiring.

Download the agenda PCS AGM Agenda May 5, 2022 (.pdf)

Thursday, April 21, 2022 - Zoom meeting, 7pm

Justin Lorentz portrait

Justin Lorentz, M.Sc., Genetic Counselling.

Justin practices clinically out of the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre in their Cancer Genetics and High Risk Program. He will bring us up to date on genetics as it relates to Prostate Cancer.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thursday, March 17, 2022 - Zoom meeting, 7pm

Kristen Parise portrait

Kristen Parise Registered Physiotherapist, PT BSc. MSc. BHSc. PT.

Kristen is the Clinic Owner of Blueberry Therapy in Dundas Ontario. Her topic will be Pelvic Floor Muscle Training and Erectile Disfunction. For more about Kristen, go to

Thursday, February 17, 2022 - Zoom meeting, 7pm

Dr. Lori McFarlane portraits

Dr. Lori McFarlane MD, CCFP, a Supportive Care Physician from Inspire Health. This British Columbia firm provides guidance on healthful diet changes, stress reduction, emotional counselling, decision-making, exercise, and personal coaching. They offer these services virtually to Ontario residents as well. Her topic will be emotions and cancer.

For more info on Lori, go to



Thursday, February 10, 2022 - Sharing Meeting (Zoom) - 7pm

As a special feature this time around, Bob Neufeld (M.Ed.) of Optimal Sexual Experiences attended and offered us a short overview of the work he does with his wife, Marlene (MSW, RSW). For more about the work of the Optimal Sexual Experiences research team see

Thursday, January 20 – 7:00pm

Dr. Rob Rutledge & Gabriela Ilie Ph.D portraits

Dr. Rob Rutledge is a Radiation Oncologist in Halifax, & Gabriela Ilie Ph.D, is a Soillse Scientist in Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Research at Dalhousie University

They presented in two-part parts:

  • mental health issues associated with prostate cancer
  • introduction to a prostate cancer patient empowerment program that they would like new patients in
  • Ottawa to access.

For more info on Rob and Gabriella go to

Year-end 2021

Year-end 2021

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