Tiffany Pellegrene | Aug 13, 2014
“Knowledge is power,” as the old adage states. The Aultman Cancer Center is hosting a free educational program to empower people with cancer and their caregivers.
CANTON, Ohio (Aug. 13, 2014) – “Knowledge is power,” as the old adage states. The Aultman Cancer Center is hosting a free educational program to empower people with cancer and their caregivers.
“The title really says it all. Individuals who are well-informed manage the physical and psychological effects of disease and treatment more effectively,” said Julie Loos, MSN, RN, OCN, director of infusion therapy and cancer navigation. “Knowledge empowers people with cancer to make decisions, taking away a lot of the fear of the unknown.”
The four-part Knowledge is Power series will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Aultman North Canton Medical Group Community Room, located at 6046 Whipple Ave. NW in North Canton. Each session will include educational presentations, question-and-answer periods with local cancer experts and light refreshments. Here is the program schedule:
- Thursday Sept. 4: What cancer is, causes, incidence and statistics, genetics, prevention, how it is diagnosed and staged.
- Thursday, Sept. 11: Cancer treatment and side effects including surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy; management of side effects.
- Thursday, Sept. 18: Cancer treatment and side effects including radiation therapy, clinical trials; management of side effects.
- Thursday, Sept. 25: Supportive care and coping during cancer treatment including diet, exercise, psychosocial support; survivorship.
A fifth session – for caregivers only – will be held Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at the Aultman North Canton Medical Group Community Room. “Caregivers have such an amazing capacity for being selfless and taking care of their loved one’s needs,” Loos offered. “But they need to make sure they continue to care for themselves, both physically and emotionally.”
Individuals at any stage of cancer are welcome to attend, but the sessions are most helpful for patients in the early stages of cancer diagnosis or treatment. “We offer information and support, giving attendees the opportunity to have a variety of questions answered,” Loos explained. “Our multidisciplinary team members – including oncology physicians, advanced practice and registered nurses from the Aultman Cancer Center, Aultman Therapy Services staff and a dietitian from the wellness program – provide a comprehensive approach to these educational sessions.”
Community members are invited to attend whatever Knowledge is Power sessions are of interest to them. Reservations are required by calling 330-363-6011, and seating is limited.