August 27, 2008


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – I Can Cope, a free four-week educational program for people facing cancer, will resume September 8 at 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in Maury Regional Hospital’s (MRH) Private Dining Room 1. This meeting will address mobilizing resources and money matters.

The class will meet every Monday from September 8 to September 29; however, participants can attend as many sessions as they like. The September 15 meeting will feature speaker Joel D. Kochanski, M.D., a specialist in radiation oncology on the medical staff at MRH. He will discuss learning about cancer and cancer treatment options available to those who have been diagnosed.

The program was developed by the American Cancer Society and provides reliable information, peer support and practical coping skills to those facing cancer. The class is taught by registered nurses with 29 years combined experience treating cancer patients. Topics include:

Monday, September 8 - Mobilizing Resources and Money Matters: This class will explore the value of support systems and provide information on identifying and accessing available cancer-specific resources within the community. Tips for managing money matters that may arise during or after cancer treatment will also be discussed.

Monday, September 15 - Learning About Cancer and Understanding Cancer Treatments: Nurses will discuss how the human anatomy is affected by cancer. Participants will be provided with specific information regarding cancer treatment modalities; conventional, investigational, and alternative methods of treatment; and complementary strategies. Patients and families will be encouraged to consider becoming involved in the treatment decision-making process.

Monday, September 22 - Keeping Well in Mind and Body and Managing the Effects of Illness and Treatment: This class focuses on the health challenges to wellness imposed by cancer. An overview of common disease and treatment-related problems and possible strategies, including pain management and nutritional interventions, will be presented.

Monday, September 29 - Exploring Self Esteem and Intimacy and Celebrating Life: This class will define three essential components of human sexuality, explore self esteem issues that may arise as a result of cancer and its treatment, and assist participants in identifying ways to affirm themselves despite these changes. At the conclusion, there will be an opportunity for closure and celebration of accomplishments.

Maury Regional Hospital offers a variety of treatment options for patients facing cancer. The board certified oncologists on the medical staff work together with surgeons and other physicians to develop an individualized treatment plan for patients. They are complemented by state-of-the-art treatment technologies, including PET scanning to detect and monitor cancer and IMRT and brachytherapy to treat tumors with high levels of cancer-killing radiation while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue.  Maury Regional’s Cancer Center is accreditation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

For more information about I Can Cope classes or cancer services available at MRH, call 931.381.1111, extension 4331.


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