Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program - Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre

The Vancouver Prostate Centre's Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program is a comprehensive program for prostate cancer patients and their partners. Using clinical, educational and evidence-based strategies, the PCSC Program address the physical and psychological needs of this population. We offer six modules of care encompassing education and clinical services:

Introduction to prostate cancer and primary treatment options

This is a 2.0-hour group information session for newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients which is jointly presented by a urologist and a radiation oncologist. Diagnosis, treatment options and side effects are discussed as well as how the PCSC Program can help. A patient representative is also present to share his experience and answer questions from the audience.

Managing the impact of prostate cancer treatments on sexual function & intimacy

This is a 1.5-hour group information session that focuses on the sexual side effects of prostate cancer treatments and sexual rehabilitation. One-on-one clinical appointments with our sexual health clinician 12 weeks after surgery or radiation therapy are available as part of this module. Intimacy workshops are also available quarterly throughout the year.

Lifestyle management

A healthy lifestyle has been shown to improve the quality of life for men with prostate cancer. We offer a 1.5-hour group information session on nutrition and a 1.5-hour group information session on physical activity. An exercise clinic led by an Exercise Physiologist is now available for patients wishing to increase their energy and activity levels.

Recognition & management to treatment-related side effects to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT)


This is a 1.5-hour information session for prostate cancer patients starting on hormone therapy. A nurse practitioner from BC Cancer explains how ADT works and presents all the possible sides effects and ways to manage the side effects.

Pelvic floor physiotherapy

This is a 1.5-hour group information session suitable for patients both pre- and post-prostate cancer treatment to understand ways to reduce the effects of surgery and radiation therapy on urinary function. Our physiotherapist offers three one-on-one clinical appointments for those patients with incontinence 12 weeks post-treatment.

Counselling services & group therapy workshops

We offer private, confidential appointments for prostate cancer patients and their spouses/partners, either separately or together with our registered clinical counsellor. Counselling can help explore how to cope with difficult emotions such as fear, anxiety, sadness, helplessness, and other signs of emotional distress. The Living with Prostate Cancer (LPC) program is now available for prostate cancer patients to help them adjust to living with their diagnosis. 

Vancouver General Hospital - Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre

2775 Laurel Street
6th floor
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 1M9
Phone: (604) 875-4495
(604) 875-4637
Email: pcsc@vch.ca

Hours of operation

?Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. ? 4:30 p.m.

Referral

?Referrals accepted from physicians and healthcare professionals (a referral is required for access to the Sexual Health Service). Self-referrals also accepted.

Parking & transportation

There is pay parking available at our two visitor lots located on the VGH campus:

  • Multi-level parkade at the corner of West 12th Avenue and Laurel Street, across from the main entrance of the Jim Pattison Pavilion.

  • The Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre parking lot is located off of Laurel Street between West 12th and West 13th Avenue.

There is a wheelchair-accessible overpass from the VGH parkade at Level 4 and a crosswalk at Level 2.

 Download parking rates for VCH facilities

Eligibility

?Men with prostate cancer

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