Shore Medical Center Offers Six-Week “Cancer: Thriving and Surviving” Workshop Beginning March 15

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Cancer has a tremendous impact on patients, survivors and those they love, affecting their health and happiness in many ways. To help people with cancer, cancer survivors and their caregivers in our region have the best outcome and improve their quality of life, Shore Medical Center is partnering with the Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health to offer a free, six-week workshop, “Cancer: Thriving and Surviving,” which begins March 15. Classes will be held Thursdays from 10 am to 12:30 pm at Shore Cancer Center, 2nd Floor, in Somers Point, across from Shore Medical Center at the corner of Medical Center Way and Shore Road.

“Cancer: Thriving and Surviving” is an evidence-based program based on a chronic disease self-management model originally developed by Stanford University. The “Cancer: Thriving and Surviving” program is being offered throughout the country, but Shore’s offering is one of the first in this area.

Led by Shore Cancer Center staff and Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health members Angela Bailey, MSW, LSW, Joia Di Stefano, MPH, and Stephanie Bordonaro, MAS, CSW, TDTS, this engaging workshop helps patients and survivors learn to develop techniques to deal with a wide array of issues that can develop throughout and beyond cancer treatment. Each session builds upon the previous session. Participants will learn how to manage problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation, poor sleep and living with uncertainty; appropriate exercise for regaining and maintaining flexibility and endurance; decision making about treatment and complementary therapies; communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals; proper nutrition; setting priorities; and maintaining healthy relationships.

The program is free and open to any patients currently in treatment for cancer, cancer survivors, and their caregivers, however the program is limited to 20 people. To learn more and to sign up for the program, please contact Angela Bailey, manager of community cancer outreach, at 609-653-3992 or by email at abailey@shoremedicalcenter.org. 

About Shore Medical Center
At Shore Medical Center, located in Somers Point, NJ, kindness complements an extraordinary level of clinical sophistication. People are the foundation of this modern medical center where advanced technology harmonizes with compassionate care. Shore Medical Center attracts the area’s best physicians, nurses and clinicians, and is the first and only hospital in New Jersey and one of 86 healthcare organizations worldwide to earn Designation as a Planetree Patient-Centered Care Hospital®. Recognized for its dedication to patient safety, Shore has received seven consecutive “A” grades in The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score since Fall 2014. Shore Medical Center is home to six Centers of Excellence for Cancer, Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Spine and Orthopedic, Emergency and Maternity and Pediatric care. Shore’s affiliations include Penn Medicine, Onsite Neonatal Partners, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Mayo Medical Laboratories, and Advanced Radiology Solutions. In addition, Shore is a member of the Jefferson Neuroscience Network and has physicians on staff from the Rothman Institute. In 2011, Shore opened its Pediatric Care Center, the first of its kind in New Jersey, and its state-of-the-art Surgical Pavilion and Campus Expansion. The Shore Medical Center Planned Giving & Development team, which includes the Auxiliary, creates and implements dynamic philanthropic programs that support the mission of Shore Medical Center (www.GivetoShore.org). For more information about Shore Medical Center, visit www.ShoreMedicalCenter.org.