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CancerCare Center sets breast cancer symposium

The Trinity CancerCare Center will observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its 5th annual Breast Cancer Support Symposium Thursday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the CancerCare Center Lobby.

Breast cancer patients, survivors, and others are welcome to participate in the evening, which will feature a panel discussion called “Supporting the Breast Cancer Journey.”

“We have a great group of panelists lined up again this year,” said Jenene Kittleson, RN, the Center’s patient navigation supervisor, in a press release. “The panel will include six breast cancer survivors talking about their perspective of taking the breast cancer journey, and questions and input from people in attendance will be encouraged.”

Topics will include the experience of breast cancer from diagnosis to post-treatment and concerns surrounding survivorship such as financial problems, physical concerns, relationship issues, returning to work, survivorship guilt, and living within the shadow of cancer. A survivorship nurse practitioner, an oncology provider, a lymphedema specialist, exercise physiologist, prosthetic supplier, oncology nurses and an oncology social worker will be present to address survivorship concerns brought up by the panel and audience.

“Our goal is to help breast cancer survivors enhance their breast cancer journey through open discussion of experiences, all the while understanding that each person’s journey is an individual path,” Kittleson said.

Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.

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