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Gilda’s Club New York City Hosts Free Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Spotlight on Breast Reconstruction Workshop on Tuesday, September 20

September 19, 2011

NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Gilda’s Club New York City 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, an oncology social worker, 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 6-8pm at Gilda’s Club NYC – 195 West Houston Street, New York.

According to a recent Cancer Support Community 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.

“While there have been improvements in breast cancer treatment, there remains a need for education about breast reconstruction,” explained Alexes Hazen, M.D., board certified plastic surgeon, director of the Aesthetic Surgery Center and assistant professor, Department of Plastic Surgery at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. “This workshop helps to empower women who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer by providing the tools and resources needed to make an informed decision about reconstruction. The key is access to information from a professional who can help to inform and educate a woman about her options.”

Workshop attendees will receive an educational booklet, hear from a board certified plastic surgeon, an oncology social worker, and will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with a panel of breast cancer survivors.

“We are pleased to make this workshop available to our community to help ensure that women affected by breast cancer have access to the most up-to-date information about their reconstruction options following a cancer diagnosis, and the emotional and social support they need to manage the experience,” said Migdalia Torres, executive director of Gilda’s Club NYC.

To register or for more information, call 212-647-9700.

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 Gilda’s Club New York City

Gilda’s Club New York City creates welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer – men, women, teens and children – along with their families and friends. Our innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, lectures and social activities, all free of charge.

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 212-647-9700 or visit www.gildasclubnyc.org to access more detailed program information.

Carolina Hoires, program manager, Education and Membership, Gilda’s Club New York City
(212) 647-9700

SOURCE Gilda’s Club New York City

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