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June 10, 2011

Simmons Cancer Institute Program Stresses Communication

A communication skills program for cancer patients, their families and caregivers will be offered at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

"Getting What You Need: Communication Skills After a Cancer Diagnosis” will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, at Simmons Cancer Institute, 315 W. Carpenter, Springfield.  The 90-minute class will be offered every other month.

Newly diagnosed cancer patients, those in active treatment for cancer, families and caregivers are welcome.  The program is open to all cancer patients regardless of where they receive treatment.

Bridget Rolens, mind-body practitioner at St. John’s Hospital, will cover topics such as the importance of communication for self-care, with the medical team and with someone who has cancer.

Registration is available by calling 217-545-0798 weekdays or on line at

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