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August 29, 2011

Simmons Cancer Institute Class Offered for Newly-Diagnosed Cancer Patients

“Cancer Diagnosis? What’s Next?”, a free class for newly diagnosed cancer patients and their loved ones will be offered 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Thursday, September 22 at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University, 315 W. Carpenter St. in Springfield.

Registration is required.  Lunch will be provided.  Call 217-545-0798 or email to register.

Local experts from SCI, Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital will present the two-hour program.

Topics to be covered are:  what is cancer, what to expect with chemotherapy, what to expect with radiation, the importance of exercise and good nutrition, understanding clinical trials, being your own best medical advocate, and an introduction to local and national resources.

“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 SCI’s Side-by-Side program.

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