Breast Reconstruction Workshops to be featured at Frankly Speaking about Cancer Events
In support of breast cancer awareness month three different Cancer Support Community CSC affiliates of New Jersey – Gildas Club South Jersey, Cancer Support Community Northern Jersey Shore, and The Wellness Community of Central New Jersey – are joining forces to host workshops from the popular Frankly Speaking About Cancer national cancer education series.The workshops address the topic of breast reconstruction options, feature a local surgeon, and a breast cancer survivors panel.
The event is free and open to breast cancer patients, their family and friends. The workshops will be held on the following dates and times:Monday, October 10, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pmLocation: Gilda’s Club South Jersey, 700 New Road, Linwood, NJ 08221-1237Wednesday, October 12, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pmLocation: Cancer Support Community Northern Jersey Shore, Victoria Commons, 613 Hope Road, Eatontown, NJ 07724Thursday, October 13, from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pmLocation: Steeplechase Cancer Center, 30 Rehill Avenue, Somerville, NJ 08876According to a recent CSC survey of 762 women with breast cancer who were eligible for breast reconstruction, 43 percent of patients do not receive information about reconstruction options when making treatment decisions at diagnosis.“We are pleased to be part of the Frankly Speaking About Breast Reconstruction program to provide information on reconstruction options,” said Ellen Levine, program director, The Wellness Community of Central New Jersey.
“The Cancer Support Community here in New Jersey is an integral part of the breast cancer treatment process, providing support services and emotional health to facilitate other medical and surgical treatments.”Workshop attendees will receive an educational booklet, hear from a board certified plastic surgeon, and will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with a panel of breast cancer survivors.
“The Frankly Speaking About Breast Reconstruction program offers a comprehensive overview of the impact of breast cancer and the various options available for reconstruction,” said Matthew Kaufman, M.D., board certified plastic surgeon, The Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey. “There is also special attention paid to the decision making process that women undergo when contemplating this choice. By educating people affected by cancer, programs like these offer empowerment, support and hope.”
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