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May 11, 2010

Simmons Cancer Institute Class Offered for Newly-Diagnosed Cancer Patients

"Cancer Diagnosis?  What's Next?" is a new class at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine for cancer patients and their loved ones who have just received a cancer diagnosis.

The free program will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU, 315 W. Carpenter, Springfield.  Registration is required.  Lunch will be provided.  Call 217-545-0798 or email

Local experts from Simmons Cancer Institute, 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 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 SIU’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 Web site is