April 2012 

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Breast Cancer Support Group
5:30 pm
ST. FRANCIS eastside

Breast Cancer Support Group
9:30 am
ST. FRANCIS eastside
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American Cancer Society
154 Milestone Way

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477 Haywood Road

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621 E. Main Street
Easley, SC

2102 Laurens Road


As cancer treatments advance and the number of cancer survivors grows, many people - including healthcare professionals - have come to consider cancer to be a chronic condition. Unlike infectious diseases that can be completely cured, chronic conditions (like diabetes and heart disease) cannot be completely cured but may be controlled. Many people currently living with metastatic cancer may experience disease symptoms that are controllable, although the disease itself may not be curable. This is where palliative care comes in. Please continue reading to learn more: 
Palliative Care and Cancer Recovery  

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care, as defined by the Center to Advance Palliative Care, is specialized, interdisciplinary care for people with serious illnesses with the goal of improving quality of life for both the patient and his or her family. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. When it was first introduced in the 1970s, palliative care was closely tied to end-of-life care. Today, it has expanded to address the symptom management needs of people with many different types of diagnoses - even those receiving curative treatment in the acute setting.


Palliative Care at St. Francis

At Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, an inpatient Palliative Care program is offered at both the downtown and eastside hospitals. The clinical team consists of a physician medical director, three nurse practitioners and two registered nurses. On the non-clinical side, Sister Dorothy Brogan serves as the part-time chaplain, and the program works collaboratively with St. Francis' spiritual care, dietary, pharmacy, therapy, patient relations, and social work departments. Palliative Care is also integrated with Oncology/Survivorship Rehab. Music and massage therapy is offered to patients receiving palliative care.


"Our aim is to provide relief of suffering by addressing the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs through the course of a chronic, debilitating or serious illness while being patient and family centered," says Mary Jane Strobel, BS, CCA, with the St. Francis Palliative Care program. "We partner to assist the patient and their family by providing an extra layer of support in symptom management and by discussing goals of care and treatment options."


A Palliative Care referral is made through a patient's hospital physician. To learn more about this program, call 864-255-1304.


Message of Hope

"Believe that God will take care of you."

   Noel Cannon      
Breast Cancer Survivor


Coping with a Diagnosis

With April being both Testicular and Esophageal Cancer Awareness month, we have a few tips to help you manage your anxiety to cope with any diagnosis.  
  • Learn enough about your cancer to make you feel comfortable making decisions about your care. Write down your questions and ask them at your next doctors appointment.  
  • Ask your doctor or other members of your health care team to recommend reputable sources for further information. St. Francis Oncology Rehab/Survivorship Program is a great source for local resources.  
  • Take care of yourself. Make healthy choices in your everyday life to prepare for cancer treatment. Eat a healthy diet, eliminate unnecessary stress, and try to exercise most days of the week.  
  • Connect with cancer survivors and stay connected with loved ones. They will listen when you need someone to talk to or provide a distraction when you're feeling down.