Have you ever wondered how to tell a child that a family member has cancer? Memorial Health Care System will sponsor a free seminar Tuesday, June 29th at 1 p.m. to help those battling cancer learn how to talk to their children about the disease. The seminar can be attended from the comfort of your home via the telephone with support materials available on computer.
The program will be presented by Brandy Johnson, a licensed clinical social worker. She will address what to say and how to say it; age appropriate ways to talk about cancer; encouraging honestly, openness and availability among family members; and resources to help children cope when a family member has cancer. Johnson is a senior oncology counselor for cancer care at Saint Clare’s Health System in Denville, New Jersey. She works with cancer patients and their families individually, as families or in group situations. She has 20 years of oncology experience and holds a master’s degree from Boston College.
According to Joe Robb, executive director of Cancer Services for Memorial Hospital, the Strong and Smart series is a resource for cancer survivors, patients and their families. The topics are specific to issues they are facing and they can ask questions of an expert. They may also connect with others facing the same challengers and they can do it all without leaving home.
Future events include: Nutrition and the Cancer Patient on July 20th, Nourishing Your Spirit Through the Journey of Cancer on August 10th, and Late effects of Radiation Therapy in Prostate Cancer Treatment on Septmeber 22nd. To register for the seminar call 800-278-7837. Talking With Your Children About Cancer is a part of the Strong and Smart – Living Well with Cancer dial up seminar series. Participants listen to medical experts via phone, view presentations on their computers and have an opportunity to ask questions. For any information on cancer even for those not patients at memorial call the resource center at 423-495-7778.
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