When fighting cancer, you are never alone. The Cancer Resource Center of Methodist’s Thompson Cancer Survival Center and Cancer Support Community East Tennessee (CSC), have partnered together to bring a series of evening classes to support cancer patients and caregivers for 2020.

The free programs will include a light meal, informative presentation, opportunity for questions and answers, and social time for attendees to meet other cancer patients and their support people.

2020 Supper and Support Programs

Program with light dinner to be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Cancer Resource Center, 2nd Floor of the Thompson Cancer Survival Center building, 102 Vermont Avenue, Oak Ridge.

RSVP by calling (865) 546-4661 or by visiting www.CancerSupportET.org/calendar.

February 13: Calmer Body, Calmer Mind
Denise Stillman, PhD, behavioral psychologist, 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 9: Finding Meaning in Difficult Times
Humans find meaning in their lives in many different ways. A cancer diagnosis brings many life changes and challenges that can disrupt one’s sense of purpose and meaning. Based on the work of researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, CSC’s Debra Sullivan, PhD, will help you identify sources of meaning in your life and connect with them more fully. Come explore what brings most meaning to you and learn new ways to cultivate that meaning throughout your life.

June 11: Managing Cancer Related Fatigue
Fatigue is one of the most common and frustrating symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment. Our interdisciplinary panel — made up of a TCSC oncology nurse and CSC’s psychologist — will explain cancer-related fatigue and strategies for managing it.

August 13: 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. CSC’s psychologist, Denise Stillman, Ph.D., will discuss why sleep matters and what steps you can take to improve the quality of your zzz’s.

October 8: How am I Supposed to Feel?
Debra Sullivan, PhD, psychologist at CSC, talks about the signs of depression and anxiety. She will help you understand the emotional roller coaster that comes with cancer, and help you look for ways to cultivate joy and meaning in the midst of challenge.

December 10: Super Foods for Super Holidays
Healthy food choices can be difficult, especially during the holidays. Our nutritionist will offer tips for maximizing nutrition during and after cancer, for the everyday and for special occasions.