Cancer is often a life-altering diagnosis and an ongoing condition that must be treated. Even after a successful treatment, its effects can be lingering. That’s why Peninsula Regional Medical Center has a robust support system for cancer patients throughout the community – not only those treated at the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute, but any cancer survivor who wishes to participate.
Support groups offer peer-to-peer conversation and sharing; often, the best expert on how to cope with the side effects of chemotherapy is someone who has been through it and discovered what worked for them. There are general cancer support groups as well as cancer-specific support for lung, head and neck, prostate and breast cancers. A separate caregiver support group that takes place at the same time offers those who are dealing with a loved one’s diagnosis a caring and supportive place to talk about what they are experiencing. For those who prefer a more informal setting, a lunch group meets monthly to chat over a meal.
A healthy lifestyle is important for recovery and survival, so Peninsula Regional Cancer Support Services also offers yoga, tai chi and healthy cooking classes. To learn more about classes or support groups, call 410-543-7209.
On Sunday, June 5, all cancer survivors and their families are invited to the MAC Inc. center at 909 Progress Drive in Salisbury to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day from 2-4 p.m. with MAC and PRMC’s Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute. This celebration will feature light refreshments, inspirational stories, fun and friendship. To RSVP, call 410-543-7006.