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November 15, 2011

Program for Cancer Patients to Discuss Weight Maintenance During Treatment

The importance of maintaining a healthy weight while going through cancer treatment is the topic of a free event at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SCI) and Memorial Medical Center (MMC).

The event, which is open to all cancer patients, regardless of where they receive treatment, will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, December 7 at SCI, 315 W. Carpenter St., Springfield.

Nausea, lack of appetite and other side-effects are common during cancer treatment.  “Maintaining a healthy weight during treatment is important to overall health and can lessen an individual’s reaction to side effects,” said Ellen Brotzman-DeSart, education coordinator for the Side-by-Side program at SCI.

Sarah Rommesmo, clinical dietician at MMC, will lead the discussion.

Register by calling 217-545-0798 or on-line at and click on the link.

The mission of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer care needs through education, research, patient care and community service.  Its website is