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Take on Cancer Together

Cancer Support Built Around You

When fighting cancer, you are never alone – and you are never without support options built with flexibility for your schedule. Thompson Cancer Survival Center at Methodist and Cancer Support Community East Tennessee (CSCET) have partnered again to bring a year-long series of virtual programs to support cancer patients and caregivers for 2022. 

These free programs will include informative presentations on Zoom with an opportunity for questions and answers. Sign up and meet other cancer patients and their support people!

Programs will be virtual from 6-7:30 p.m. until further notice. Call (865) 546-4661 or go to CancerSupportET.org to register.

February 10:  Calmer Body, Calmer Mind     

Denise Stillman, PhD, behavioral psychologist with CSCET, will talk to you about your body’s response to stress and teach relaxation exercises with some guided imagery to calm your body and mind.

April 14: Finding Meaning in Difficult Times

People find meaning in their lives in different ways. A cancer diagnosis brings many life changes and challenges that can disrupt one’s sense of purpose and meaning. Debra Sullivan, PhD, with CSCET will help you identify sources of meaning in your life and connect with them more fully. Come explore what brings the most meaning to you and learn new ways to cultivate that meaning throughout your life.

June 9: Effective Communication with the Healthcare Team

Good communication with your healthcare team is an important part of cancer care. Stating needs, asking questions and setting limits are difficult in the best of times and even harder under stress. Denise Stillman, PhD, will offer research-based suggestions for respectful assertive communication. 

August 11:  Summertime Nutrition: Super Foods for a Super Summer

Healthy food choices can be difficult. Chelsea Johnson, MS, RD, LDN, registered dietitian with Methodist Medical Center, will offer tips for maximizing nutrition during and after cancer, all while learning new tasty and healthful menu options focusing on summer’s bounty.

October 13: Managing Cancer-Related Pain

Cancer or its treatment can cause pain. Our interdisciplinary panel including occupational therapist Marie Brannen with Covenant Health and CSCET’s psychologist, Denise Stillman, will help you understand your pain cycle and then learn practical tools to manage your pain and improve your quality of life. 

December 8:  Sleep Matters

Having trouble falling or staying asleep? For those impacted by cancer, the effects of treatment and medications, along with the stress of cancer, may keep you and your loved ones from getting a good night’s rest. CSCET’s psychologist, Denise Stillman, PhD, will discuss why sleep matters and what steps you can take to improve the quality of your zzz’s.