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November 15, 2011

Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients Get Insights on Treatment

A class for newly diagnosed cancer patients is designed to provide insight and answers about treatment, advocacy, clinical trials and other questions that typically come with a cancer diagnosis.  “Cancer Diagnosis? What’s Next?” will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, December 1 at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SCI), 315 W. Carpenter St., Springfield.

“The class information was comprehensive, inclusive, and it gave me a direction as to where the situation was leading.  It gave me a feeling of empathy, and I enjoyed meeting the people at the class,” said Gerald Daberkow, a patient who participated in the May group.

The class is free and open to patients and their families, regardless of where they are being treated.  Please call 217-545-0798 to register or email  A light lunch will be provided.

Topics include: what cancer is, what to expect with chemotherapy, what to expect with radiation, the importance of good nutrition, understanding clinical trials, how to be your own best medical advocate, and an introduction to local and national resources.
For more information, call Ellen Brotzman-DeSart at 217-545-0798 weekdays.

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