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Wednesday, October 23, 2019  

Cancer education, support program expanded to year-round Published 7/30/2008

A free program designed to help cancer patients and their families and caregivers has been significantly expanded by Poudre Valley Hospital to provide ongoing education and support throughout the year.

Sharing the Cancer Journey, sponsored by PVH’s Cancer Research and Treatment Center, will be offered twice a month rather than its previous schedule of twice a year. The first session will be August 7 at PVH, with following sessions held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. The sessions will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a light meal provided, in PVH’s Mortenson Conference Room.

The program recognizes that the whole person most be cared for—medically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually—and that family members and other caregivers also play an important role. A patient does not need a physician’s referral to attend Sharing the Cancer Journey. Registration is requested.

Dates and topics for the fall sessions:

August 7: Experiencing Cancer Together & August 21: Preparing and Gaining Awareness. Sept. 4: Cancer 101 & Sept. 18: Staying Energized. Oct. 2: The Value of Communication & Oct. 16: Making the Right Connections. Nov. 6: Your Inner Well-Being & Nov. 20: Beyond Cancer. Dec. 4: Celebrating the Journey & Dec.18: Special Gifts Other programs include: Patient navigation. Nurse with expertise in cancer care provide free individualized guidance for people with cancer, their families and their caregivers.

Cancer rehab physical therapy. This innovative program assists cancer patients by providing an individualized exercise prescription that helps reduce fatigue and increase body confidence during treatment. Pet therapy. Family pets can visit or remain overnight with inpatients. This helps inpatients relieve stress and experience joy.

Complementary therapies. Specialized massage, healing touch, acupuncture, and music therapy help cancer patients with body, mind and spirit. Community cancer updates. Local cancer physicians conduct community meetings to offer information about cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, coping, and survivorship.

Clinical trials. Research professionals provide information about clinical trials and work with each trial participant every step of the way. On the average, about 80 national clinical trials are open for patients. LiveStrong Day. Patients have the opportunities to record their stories for themselves and their loved ones. During the annual LiveStrong Day, cancer-related events and speakers are held for the public.

For more information and to register: 495-8383.

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