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April 18, 2011

Simmons Cancer Institute Class to Discuss Transition to ‘Survivor’

Cancer patients who have completed active anti-cancer treatment within the past two years are invited to a new six-week course, “Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment™.”  The course will be offered 5:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday nights April 28 through June 2 at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 315 W. Carpenter, Springfield.

The program includes education on exercise, nutrition, emotional health and well-being, and medical management.  Developed in 2006 by the Cancer Support Community and LIVESTRONG, it is an evidence-based program designed to support and empower cancer survivors as they transition from active treatment to post-treatment.

The program is open to:

Cancer patients are welcome regardless of where they are being treated.  Individuals need a signed release or similar approval from their physician to participate in the exercise activities.  To register for the program, call 217-545-0798 weekdays or go online at www.siumed.edu/cancer.  A “booster session” will be offered June 30.
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 www.siumed.edu/cancer.

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