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Familial Prostate Cancer Clinic

What is the Familial Prostate Cancer Clinic?

The Familial Prostate Cancer Clinic follows men who have prostate cancer or who are at higher risk of developing prostate cancer. The goal of this clinic is to screen men who are known to be at higher risk of developing prostate cancer.

Men followed in this program are seen by a genetic counsellor and an oncologist.

Who is the Familial Prostate Cancer Clinic for?

The Familial Prostate Cancer Clinic is for men who have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer compared to the general population. Men can be referred to this clinic if they have:

  • A BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation
  • A family member with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation but have not had genetic testing themselves
  • A father or brother who had prostate cancer before age 60
  • Two or more relatives with prostate cancer on the same side of the family
  • West African or Caribbean ancestry

What happens in the Familial Prostate Cancer Clinic?

On a man’s first visit family history will be taken, risk for prostate cancer will be assessed and blood work will be done (e.g. PSA).

Men in the clinic come every year for a blood work and a physical exam which may vary from a digital rectal exam to a clinical breast exam depending on the reason each man is seen. Men will also have their family history updated and learn about any research updates on prostate cancer management, screening and prevention. If men need to see other healthcare providers we will make any appropriate referrals.

Do you want to be seen in the Familial Prostate Cancer Clinic?

Men who are eligible for the clinic can ask their family doctor or urologist to refer them to the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre Familial Prostate Cancer Clinic. Referrals can be faxed to 416-480-6002. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Justin Lorentz, genetic counsellor for the Familial Prostate Cancer Clinic at 416-480-5000 x83683.

Male Oncology Research and Education (MORE) Program

Men followed in the Familial Prostate Cancer Clinic may choose to take part in the Male Oncology Research and Education (MORE) Program. The MORE Program is a research initiative that collects clinical data and biological samples on consenting participants. The goal of the MORE Program is to act as the foundation to answer research questions regarding men at higher risk for prostate cancer.

  • Are there ways to better predict prostate cancer in higher risk populations?
  • What is the cause of prostate cancer in higher risk populations?
  • Should higher risk populations be screened differently for prostate cancer than the general population?
  • Can diet and/or exercise decrease risk of prostate cancer in higher risk populations?

Current studies: