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Free educational program provides New Mexico’s adult cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones with tools to better manage the disease.
Cancer Services of New Mexico’s Fall 2013 Family Cancer Retreat will be Sept. 6-8, at the Marriott Pyramid North hotel in Albuquerque.
This free, three-day educational program will provide the tools and information they need to manage the treatment and recovery process.
More than 300 people from over 125 New Mexican families coping with cancer are expected to participate, making this the largest general cancer education program in N.M. and the largest program of its type in the United States.
The program will combine discussions and lectures by many of New Mexico’s leading cancer specialists with fun activities that provide a break from the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer.
Planned educational sessions include Choosing the Best Treatment/Clinical Trial, New Developments in Cancer Treatment, Ask the Oncologist Panels, Coping with Treatment-Related Side Effects, Genetic Testing: What Does it Really Tell You?, Patient and Family Communication, Talking with Kids About Cancer, Caring for the Caregiver, Integrating Complementary and Traditional Therapies, Pain Management and Hospice Services, Cancer-Related Legal and Insurance Issues, You’ve Completed Treatment — Now What?, Moving from Surviving to Thriving, and Meditation, Yoga and Creativity Workshops.
Participants will also have the opportunity to spend time with each other in informal sessions, speaking with and learning from others who are coping with similar issues.
Supervised childcare and recreational activities will be provided for children and teens during the educational sessions.
There is no charge to participate in the retreat — the entire program, including meals, lodging, and all educational activities is provided at no cost to participants.
This program is made possible by grants and contributions from many generous supporters, including New Mexico Department of Health, United Way of Central New Mexico, The Northern NM Health Grants Group, Celgene, Presbyterian Cancer Network, UNM Cancer Center, and many more.