2009-01-29 / Local & State

"I Can Cope" Programs Address Cancer- Related Issues

"How will cancer affect me financially?" "How do I eat right and maintain good nutrition while in treatment?" "Will I experience pain and if so, how do I handle it?" There are always many questions like these and others that the cancer patient and their family members are concerned about facing upon a diagnosis of cancer.

The Franklin Unit of the American Cancer Society and Summit Health would like to invite you and your family to a series of free educational programs that deal specifically with these issues. The programs on cancerrelated pain, financial issues and nutrition during treatment are part of the "I Can Cope" series designed specifically for cancer patients and their families.

During the months of February, March and April we will be dealing with one of these topics each month. All programs will be held at the Hennessey House, North Seventh Street, in Chambersburg, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. On Wednesday, February 11, our topic will be "Pain Management." On Wednesday, March 11, money issues related to cancer will be discussed in "Taking Charge of Money Matters." Finally, Wednesday, April 8, the topic will be, "Nutrition During and After Treatment."

"I Can Cope" is for people who are facing cancer, including patients, family members and friends. Healthcare professionals provide information, encouragement, and practical advice about living with cancer. Shendelle Clapper, oncology social worker, will be the facilitator for this program. Please register by calling 264-6266 by the Friday prior to each class.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

For up-to-date cancer information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit http://www.cancer.org www.cancer.org.

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