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BEYOND CANCER SURVIVAL: Workshop Offers Lifelong Skills to Improve Quality of Life

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January 14, 2021

Cancer Thriving & Surviving, a free workshop designed to support the needs of cancer survivors and their families is being offered in a virtual format from February 16th through March 30th, 2021 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  This workshop offers anyone impacted by cancer self-management resources to maximize their long term health outcomes. Trained facilitators guide participants through an evidence-based process to explore challenges, develop new skills, and create action plans that support their health and wellness goals moving forward.

“Cancer survivors often experience physical, emotional and psychosocial effects from cancer and its treatment long after treatment is over.  It’s essential that we as healthcare providers continue to help cancer survivors manage and minimize these challenges to improve the quality of their lives,” states Dr. Barbara Tofani, Assistant Vice President of Outpatient & Ambulatory Services at Hunterdon Medical Center.

The number of cancer survivors continues to grow reflecting the increasing number of new cancer diagnoses from a growing and aging population, as well as, increases in cancer survival due to advances in early detection and treatment. It is estimated that by 2030 the population of cancer survivors will increase to more than 22.1 million in the US. 

“Survivors often share that the most unsettling part of their experience is when treatment ends and there is the uncertainty of what is next.  This is normal and why the Hunterdon-Mercer Chronic Disease Coalition and the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center are collaborating to deliver programming for the specific needs of cancer survivors,” states Bonnie Petrauskas, Regional Coordinator for the Coalition.

This free, 7-week program runs every Tuesday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm and offers participants tools and resources to manage the effects of cancer.  Each week builds off the previous to cover a wide variety of topics such as stress/anxiety, fatigue, sleeping problems, setting goals and living with uncertainty to name a few. 

Advanced registration is required and space is limited. To register or learn more, please call 908-237-2328.

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