CLINTON — Gilda’s Club will be offering From Cancer to Health, a program to help people diagnosed with cancer, including those undergoing treatment, to manage the stress of diagnosis and treatment.
Gilda’s Club received a grant from the Iowa Cancer Consortium to modify the current program to address the unique needs of young adults 18 to 39 with cancer.
From Cancer to Health empowers those living with cancer through weekly group sessions designed to teach effective strategies and techniques to better manage cancer-related stress. Specifically, the young adult version of the program will include topics on autonomy, relationships, communication, finances and healthy behaviors.
Sessions will be held at four locations throughout Iowa: Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Clinton and Muscatine. A live webinar version will be offered for those participants who cannot attend in person at one of the four cities.
The Iowa City sessions will begin March 19 and will be at the Iowa River Landing lower level conference room.
Muscatine sessions begin March 19 and will meet at Muscatine Community College.
Cedar Rapids sessions will begin March 20 and held at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.
Clinton sessions begin April 3 and will meet at the YMCA.
All sessions at each location will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
This program is made possible by the Iowa Cancer Consortium and the Iowa Department of Public Health. The Iowa Cancer Consortium is a partnership of health care providers, public health professionals, caregivers, researchers, cancer survivors, volunteers, and many other Iowans who work together to reduce the burden of cancer in Iowa.
“From Cancer to Health is grounded in more than a decade of research showing the positive effect that reducing stress has on the health of people with cancer, and we are excited to offer a program that is tailored specially to the unique needs of the young adult population,” said Melissa Wright, program director, Gilda’s Club.
Every year in the U.S., more than 70,000 adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 to 39 are diagnosed with cancer, which represents about 6 percent of all new cancer diagnoses. Psychosocial and support services available to adolescents and young adults with cancer are limited, although the needs are great due to the many emotional, developmental and transitional changes that occur during this stage in life.
To learn more about From Cancer to Health or to register to participate, contact Melissa Wright at (563) 326-7504 or firstname.lastname@example.org.