Cancer Support Community-Atlanta Hosts Free Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Spotlight on Breast Reconstruction Workshop on Tuesday, September 20
ATLANTA, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Cancer Support Community-Atlanta is proud to host a workshop from the popular Frankly Speaking About Cancer national cancer education series. The workshop addresses the topic of breast reconstruction options, featuring a local surgeon and a breast cancer survivors panel. The event is free and open to breast cancer patients, their family and friends. It will be held on Tuesday, September 20 from 6-8:30 pm at 5775 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite C-225, Atlanta.
According to a recent Cancer Support Community survey of 762 women with breast cancer who were eligible for breast reconstruction, 43 percent of patients did not receive information about reconstruction options when making treatment decisions at diagnosis.
“Women need to be fully aware of their breast reconstruction options at the start of their diagnosis so they can make the best decision for themselves,” explained Diane Alexander, M.D., FACS, board certified plastic surgeon, co-founder Artisan Plastic Surgery. “With nearly 3,000 women in Georgia recently diagnosed with breast cancer, this workshop will help to provide them with the tools and resources they need to make an informed decision about reconstruction.”
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.
“We are excited to be able to host this workshop for Atlanta women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to help provide them with accurate information about breast reconstruction. This workshop also aims to provide emotional and social support so that these women can share their breast cancer experiences in an open, welcoming forum,” said Christy Chappelear Andrews, executive director, Cancer Support Community-Atlanta.
To register or for more information, call 404-843-1880.
About “Frankly Speaking About Cancer”
The Cancer Support Community’s Frankly Speaking About Cancer educational series provides vital information, tools and confidence to empower people impacted by cancer. Covering a variety of cancer types and topics, this acclaimed series is available at no cost through educational booklets, professionally-led workshops, and an award-winning internet radio show. As part of their ongoing commitment to patient education, the Cancer Support Community recently developed Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Spotlight on Breast Reconstruction, made possible through a charitable contribution from Mentor Worldwide LLC. This comprehensive patient empowerment program aims to streamline information about breast reconstruction and provide useful tools to help women speak openly with their physicians about whether reconstruction is right for them.
About CSC Atlanta
The Cancer Support Community-Atlanta is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing a variety of supportive services for cancer patients and their families in a home-like environment in the heart of Atlanta. They provide support, informative education programs, a variety of gentle stress reduction and exercise classes, and fun social activities. All classes are offered free of charge and are led by seasoned professionals committed to supporting individuals and families in our community facing cancer.
As the Atlanta affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, the organization is proud to be a part of the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the US, and the organization that offers a network of personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer. With this large network, the Cancer Support Community-Atlanta benefits from their headquarters’ Research and Training Center that collects and analyzes data to ensure all of their offerings are evidence-based and proven to make a difference in the lives of people facing cancer.
Since they first hung their shingle in the Atlanta area almost 15 years ago, thousands of lives have been changed through their programs. Thanks to a dedicated staff and team of volunteers, the Cancer Support Community-Atlanta now offer programs in neighboring Forsyth and Cherokee counties allowing them to reach an even larger population of people who can benefit from their services. The Cancer Support Community-Atlanta is also proud of its affiliation with Northside Hospital, who, in 2010, was chosen as a prestigious Community Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institute of Health. Over a decade ago, Northside Hospital chose CSC Atlanta to be the provider of their psychosocial oncology services to provide a higher level of support for their patients. Since then, the Cancer Support Community-Atlanta has worked closely with Northside to ensure that patients are receiving a full spectrum of support programs, while keeping their doors open to everyone affected by cancer, regardless of where they are treated.
About Cancer Support Community
The Cancer Support Community (CSC) is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. Likely the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the United States, CSC offers a menu of personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer. Its global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer. These support services are available through a network of professionally-led community-based centers, hospitals, community oncology practices and online, so that no one has to face cancer alone.
In July 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. By helping to complete the cancer care plan, CSC optimizes patient care by providing essential, but often overlooked, services including support groups, counseling, education and healthy lifestyle programs. Today, CSC provides the highest quality emotional and social support through a network of more than 50 local affiliates, 100 satellite locations and online. To find a community-based center in your area, visit www.cancersupportcommunity.org.
For more information, call 404-843-1880 or visit www.cscatlanta.org for detailed program information.
Cancer Support Community-Atlanta
Christy Chappelear Andrews
SOURCE Cancer Support Community-Atlanta