Press release: Cancer services retreat scheduled for May

Freedom New Mexico

Cancer Services of New Mexico’s Spring 2010 Family Cancer Retreat will be held May 21-23, 2010, at the Lifeway Glorieta Conference Center in Glorieta. This free three-day educational program will provide New Mexico’s adult cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones with the tools and information they need to manage the treatment and recovery process. Over 250 people from more than 100 New Mexican families coping with cancer are expected to participate, making this the largest general cancer education program in N.M. and the largest program of its type in the U.S.

The program will combine discussions and lectures by many of New Mexico’s leading cancer specialists with fun activities that provide a break from the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer. Planned educational sessions include: Choosing the best treatment/Ccinical trial; New developments in cancer treatment; “Ask the oncologist” panels; Coping with treatment-related side effects; Accessing cancer-related info on the Internet; Patient and Family Communication; Talking with Kids About Cancer; Caring for the Caregiver; Integrating Complementary & Traditional Therapies; Pain Management and Hospice Services; Cancer-Related Legal and Insurance Issues; You’ve Completed Treatment – Now What?; Moving from Surviving to Thriving; and Meditation, Yoga, and Creativity Workshops. Participants will also have the opportunity to spend time with each other in informal sessions, speaking with and learning from others who are coping with similar issues. Supervised child care and recreational activities will be provided for children and teens during the educational sessions.

There is no charge to participate in the retreat – the entire program, including meals, lodging, and all educational activities is provided at no cost to participants.

Space is limited, so interested families are encouraged to apply as early as possible. For more information or to request an application packet, please contact Mike Capeless at 505-239-4239 or go to http://www.cancerservicesnm.org/”www.CancerServicesNM.org.