The initial diagnosis of cancer is emotionally, financially and socially devastating to patients, their families and often to their friends. With the national health care trend, cancer patients are spending less and less time in the acute care setting.
Probably one of the most important responsibilities of the Strecker Cancer Center is providing the community and surrounding area with ongoing education and support - education in the prevention and early detection of cancers and support such as the Strecker Informational/Support group, and in some cases, self-help groups.
Listed below is a sample of our ongoing commitment to prevention, detection, treatment and support of the community in the ongoing battle against cancer.
- Reach to Recovery: Volunteers work with patients with breast cancer throughout the year on a regular “on call” basis.
- I Can Cope: Individual one two hour programs for patients with cancer and their families. Topics include: Cancer & Cancer Treatment, Keeping Well in Mind and Body, Feelings & Relationships, Relieving Cancer Pain and Taking Charge of Money Matters. This education program is co-sponsored by the Washington County Unit of the American Cancer Society and Marietta Memorial Hospital.
- Strecker Informational/Support Group: A support group for patients with breast cancer that meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. The support group is loosely structured; programs usually include an educational aspect and provide a forum that allows participants the opportunity to help each other.
- Pioneer Cancer Support Group: Provides ongoing support and information on cancer-related issues. It is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Marietta Memorial Hospital and Selby General Hospital.
- Bereavement Support Group: Open to the community for anyone who needs information and/or support in dealing with grief. This group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month.
For more information about the Strecker Cancer Center, call (740) 376-5000 or (800) 523-3977.