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July 20, 2011

Simmons Cancer Institute Class Offered for Newly-Diagnosed Cancer Patients

"Cancer Diagnosis? What's Next?" a class for cancer patients who have just received a cancer diagnosis and their families will be offered at Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. 

The free program will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, July 28 at SCI, 315 W. Carpenter St., Springfield.  Registration is required.  Lunch will be provided.  Call 217-545-0798, or email

“The course is designed to provide insight and answers to the numerous questions patients and their families have following a cancer diagnosis,” said Ellen Brotzman-DeSart, the health education coordinator for the Side-by-Side program at Simmons Cancer Institute.

Local experts from Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine, Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital will be the presenters for the two hour program.

Topics covered in the program are: What is Cancer? What to Expect with Chemotherapy, What to Expect with Radiation, The Importance of Exercise, The Importance of Good Nutrition, Understanding Clinical Trials, Being 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 Web site is