March 21, 2014

Hudner Oncology Center at Saint Anne’s Hospital offers “Conversations” for women

Weekly forum open to all women with a cancer diagnosis 

Fall River, MA – The Hudner Oncology Center of Saint Anne's Hospital Regional Cancer Center invites women living with a cancer diagnosis to take part in “Conversations,” a new education and support program designed to address these patients’ special needs.

Open to women with any cancer diagnosis, this new weekly group alternates programs that provide valuable information about women’s cancer care with a comfortable forum for sharing experiences, fears and insights. It is co-facilitated by an experienced oncology-certified registered nurse and master’s-level oncology social worker.

“Conversations” meets weekly on Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. at Saint Anne’s Hospital. Advance registration is not required; drop-ins are welcome. There is no charge. For more information, contact Kelly Sheehan, MSW, LCSW, 508-674-5600, ext. 2277.

“Conversations” is one of many education and support programs provided by Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center at its locations in Fall River and Dartmouth. Additional programs include:
•        “Get Fit, Live Fit,” a total fitness and health education program for women with cancer
•        “Relaxing Yoga” for men and women with a cancer diagnosis
•        general cancer support groups for men and women with an active cancer diagnosis
•        “Hand in Hand,” a companion program for all cancer patients
•        “Creative Arts” creative therapy group
•        a monthly book club
•        a weekly caregiver support group, sponsored and facilitated by Steward Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care.

Periodic programs include “Look Good, Feel Better,” a program sponsored by the American Cancer Society for women who have experienced hair loss and other changes due to cancer treatment, and assorted wellness programs.

For information about these and other education/support programs for patients and families, contact Karyl Benoit, oncology outreach coordinator, 508-674-5600, ext. 2515.

About Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center

Accredited with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a comprehensive community cancer program, Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center provides a spectrum of cancer care services at locations in Fall River, Dartmouth and Newport, RI.  Services include advanced radiation therapy; hematology, chemotherapy, biotherapy, and other medical oncology therapies; access to select national clinical trials through the National Cancer Institute; specialized nutrition, social work, spiritual care, medical interpreter, and other supportive care; patient and family education and support programs; wellness programs; and community and professional education.

About Saint Anne’s Hospital

Saint Anne’s Hospital is a community hospital with comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care services, serving adults and children from southeastern Massachusetts and nearby Rhode Island at its main campus in Fall River and its community satellites. Founded in 1906 by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, Saint Anne's Hospital is a member of Steward Health Care, the largest fully integrated community care organization in New England. Saint Anne’s has been recognized for quality, safety and service by such organizations as The Joint Commission, Healthgrades, The Leapfrog Group, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.  

About Steward Health Care

Steward Health Care System LLC is the largest integrated community care organization in New England which combines more than 3,000 physicians, 11 acute care hospitals, managed care, insurance programs, home care, an imaging operation, and a number of other post-acute services, to provide the most cost-effective and highest quality of integrated patient care.