THE WVU Cancer Institute at Wheeling Hospital is reorganizing its Cancer Support Group, with bi-weekly meetings to begin in March. They will be held at 6 pm in the hospital auditorium.
Katie Hughes, social worker with Medical Oncology/Infusion, is developing the new support group and said a wide variety of topics will be covered to assist cancer patients through their treatment journey and recovery.
The first month’s meetings will be held March 1, 15, and 29.
“The first meeting will be geared toward providing patients with information on beginning diagnosis, and what to expect as they proceed,” Hughes said. ”Radiation oncologist Dr. Jondavid Pollock will talk with the group to offer a clinical/informational perspective.”
The March 15 gathering will be an informal meeting for women in active treatment as well as survivors. “This will be an open forum meeting where women can share and offer support to one another in a supportive environment,” Hughes said. “I will be facilitating discussions and leading at this meeting. My goal is to also collaborate with community leaders, nurses and physicians who can offer a unique and personalized perspective to our female patients.”
The same approach will be provided to male patients at the March 29 meeting. It will address the challenges that face men going through cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Some of the topics that will be covered in the support group are:
• Emotional support through treatment
• Surviving and thriving
• Sexual health
• Managing fatigue and weight control
• Exercise and fitness
• Support for caregivers
• Navigating community resources
Reservations are required, and refreshments will be provided. Attendees may bring a support person. For reservations and more information, call 304-217-2142.