"I Can Cope" Classes For Cancer Patients Start Nov. 7

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I Can Cope, offered by the American Cancer Society and the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Parkridge Medical Center, is a series of classes that provide patients and their loved ones with practical help in coping with some of the emotional and physical challenges of cancer.

The American Cancer Society’s I Can Cope program gives participants an opportunity to share their concerns with others facing similar experiences and to design ways to cope with the challenges that arise from a cancer diagnosis. This program provides relevant knowledge and enhanced skills on various aspects of a cancer diagnosis.

I Can Cope will be facilitated by Laura Robinson, RN, BSN, OCN, CRNI, an oncology nurse at Sarah Cannon Cancer Center. Guest speakers will include professionals in the field of cancer management, financial planning, family and medical leave act issues, etc. In addition, videotapes, printed materials and class discussion provide up-to-date information for patients, family and friends.

I Can Cope classes begin on Tuesday, Nov. 7, and will be held weekly through Dec. 12, from 5-7 p.m. at Parkridge Medical Center, 2333 McCallie Ave. During this time, participants will learn about treatment side effects, nutrition, exercise, stress management and more. A light dinner will be served during each session.

Topics will include:
Nov. 7, “What is Cancer?”
Nov. 14, “Managing Effects of Cancer”
Nov. 21, “Health, Mind and Body”
Nov. 28, “Financial and Money Matters”
Dec. 5, “Self-Esteem and Intimacy”
Dec. 12, “Celebrating Life”

There is no charge for I Can Cope, but registration is required. Those interested in more information about I Can Cope or who want to register, can call Parkridge Medical Center’s MedLine at 1-800 242-5662 or the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345. For more information, call Laura Robinson at 495-1865

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.

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