Free program helps families deal with cancer

Applications available now for Fall 2018 Family Cancer Retreat

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Cancer doesn't only affect the person with the disease. It impacts the cancer patient's entire family and circle of friends.

Cancer Services of New Mexico's Fall 2018 Family Cancer Retreat will be held September 7-9, at the Marriott Pyramid North hotel in Albuquerque. This free, three-day educational program will provide New Mexico's adult cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones with the tools and information they need to manage the treatment and recovery process.

More than 250 people from more than 100 New Mexican families coping with cancer are expected to participate, making this the largest general cancer education program in New Mexico 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 Cancer 101; 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 in Serious Illness; Talking with Kids About Cancer; Caring for the Caregiver; Integrative Medicine; Oncology, and Acupuncture; Myth Busters: Cancer Pain, Palliative Medicine and Hospice; Cancer-Related Legal and Insurance Issues; Lymphedema Overview. Medicinal Cannabis Q&A, Screening and Detection Guidelines for Cancer Survivors; Practical Tips for Staying out of the Hospital; 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 child care and recreational activities will be provided for children and teens during the educational sessions.

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 Aging and Long-Term Services Department, Lineberry Foundation;, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Carl C. Anderson and Mary Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation, Celgene, Tractor Brewing Company's Beer for a Better Burque Program, Graphic Connection and The Printer's Press.

Space is limited, so interested families are encouraged to apply as early as possible. For more information or to request an application packet, please contact Mike Capeless at (505) 239-4239 or go to CancerServicesNM.org.

Cancer Services of New Mexico is an independent, non-profit that provides services to reduce cancer suffering for New Mexican families.

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