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Program helps cancer survivors

July 5, 2012

NORWICH –The Backus Cancer Center has launched a cancer survivorship program for patients and their loved ones.

Cancer survivors can learn more at The Center for Cancer Survivorship’s upcoming free educational dinner event on Wednesday, July 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Backus Business and Technology Center, 11 Stott Avenue in Norwich.

If you are a cancer survivor or know a survivor who would like to attend this event, call (860) 425-8780. Family members are also encouraged to attend. RSVPs are required.

The program, which was developed due to increasing numbers of cancer survivors, offers  nutritional information, coping strategies and a wide range of other information.

“Survivorship is about total mind, body and spiritual wellness,” said James O’Dea, Vice President, Clinical Service Line Development at Backus. “To live a well life, there are many issues cancer survivors must address, which can be overwhelming at times.  It’s not only about treating their condition, we are providing services that treat and support the whole person.”

In conjunction with regular visits from a patient’s medical oncologist, the survivorship program provides information on a variety of topics to help the patient move forward in their journey as a survivor.

”This program is yet one more example of how we provide the highest quality cancer care to our community, along with all the necessary supports, close to home,” said Dinesh Kapur, MD, Medical Director of Cancer Services at Backus Hospital.