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August 3, 2011

Meditation Workshops Offered at Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU

Cancer patients, their families and caregivers are invited to attend an upcoming series of free meditation workshops.  The three-week series will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 31 and September 7 at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University, 315 W. Carpenter St. in Springfield.

“The first hour of the class each week will educate participants about meditation, the history of meditation and how to get started,” said Ellen Brotzman-DeSart, education coordinator for the Side-by-Side program at SCI.  During the second hour, participants will use those skills and practice meditation.  The second hour is also open to those experienced in meditation.  Participants should eat a light meal before the class.

The instructor for the class is David Cain, a Primordial Sound Meditation instructor certified by Deepak Chopra at the Chopra Center for Well-Being.

Reducing stress in both mind and body is an important tool for cancer patients, according to the American Cancer Society.  In a controlled study of 90 cancer patients who did mindfulness meditation for seven weeks, 31 percent had fewer symptoms of stress and 65 percent had fewer episodes of mood disturbance than those who did not meditate, according to the ACS website,

For more information or to register, call 217-545-0798 weekdays.  Registration also is available online at  The class, which is open to anyone regardless of where they are being treated, is limited to 20 participants.

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