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Workshops Help Survivors Cope During and After Cancer Treatment

Article date: January 3, 2012

Advances in medical care are helping more people get through a cancer diagnosis successfully – in fact, there are nearly 12 million cancer survivors in the United States today, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But cancer treatment can also cause problems, both physical and emotional, for survivors and those who care for them.

A series of free phone and online workshops from CancerCare offers survivors and their loved ones practical information to help them cope with the concerns that can arise during and after treatment. The workshops are open to the public and are free, but you must register in advance. To register, and for more information, visit cancercare.org/connect or call 1-800-813-4673.

Upcoming workshops are available via telephone conference or Internet streaming. Recordings of past workshops are available online.

The workshops are a collaboration of CancerCare, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute: Office of Cancer Survivorship and Office of Communications and Education, LIVESTRONG , Intercultural Cancer Council, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

CancerCare is also offering a free four-part Survivorship Series from 1:30-2:30 pm Eastern Time on April 24, May 15, June 19 and July 17. This free series is made possible by support from the National Cancer Institute and LIVESTRONG and offers cancer survivors, their families, friends and health care professionals practical information to help them cope with concerns that arise after treatment ends.

Part I, Using Mind/Body Techniques to Cope with the Stress of Survivorship, will be presented on April 24th. The faculty for this program includes:

• Richard Dickens, MSW, Survivor Perspective, Clinical Supervisor, Mind/Body Project Coordinator, CancerCare

• Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, Professor and Director, Integrative Medicine Program, Departments of General Oncology and Behavioral Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

• David Spiegel, MD, Jack, Lulu and Sam Willson Professor in the School of Medicine, Associate Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

Subsequent workshops in the series are:

• Part II, Recapturing Joy and Finding Meaning -- May 15th

• Part III, Changing Roles and Responsibilities for Caregivers -- June 19th

• Part IV, Managing Post-Treatment Neuropathy -- July 17th

These workshops are free – no phone charges apply. However, pre-registration is required. To register, and for more information, simply go to the CancerCare website, cancercare.org/connect.

Reviewed by: Members of the ACS Medical Content Staff


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