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I Can Cope' series planned at Fitzpatrick Cancer Center

PLATTSBURGH- I Can Cope, a four-week program that offers information and insights about cancer, will begin Tuesday, April 5, with "Learning About Cancer and Cancer Treatment." Each 2-hour program begins at 6 p.m. and is held at the FitzPatrick Cancer Center on theCVPHMedical Center campus, 75 Beekman St.

I Can Cope can help patients, their family members and friends with the day-to-day issues of living with a chronic disease like cancer. "Learning About Cancer and Cancer Treatment" will be presented by Kathy Bracero, an oncology certified nurse. She will discuss the nature of the disease, various treatment options and associated side effects.

The second class, "Keeping Well in Mind and Body," takes place Tuesday, April 12. Stacey LaFave, oncology social worker from the FitzPatrick Cancer Center, will talk about the dimensions of wellness, the mind/body relationship and it's importance in symptom management.

LaFave will also be the featured speaker at "Understanding Feelings and Relationships," planned for Tuesday, April 19. At this class, she will discuss good communication skills and teach skills in adapting to changes brought about by cancer and its treatment.

The final session of I Can Cope, "Discovering Resources and Celebrating Life," takes place Tuesday, April 26. LaFave will help participants locate resources and support systems and find new strategies for getting through cancer treatment and beyond.

All classes are free and will meet in the FitzPatrick Cancer Center.

For more information about this program, call the Cancer Center at 562-7534.

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