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Crouse Hospital Launches Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group




Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in American women. Fortunately, breast cancer rates have decreased to a stable level and there are now over 2.9 million survivors in the United States. Crouse Hospital is launching a breast cancer support group to provide local breast cancer survivors with the chance to interact while staying active and informed.

Lisa Miles, supervisor in the Physical Rehabilitation Services Department at Crouse, is coordinating the support group, called “Pink Therapy.” A breast cancer survivor, Miles came up with the idea to start such a program after she couldn’t find a group in Central New York that met more often than quarterly.

The support group, free for breast cancer survivors only, will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month beginning with its launch during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Marley Education Center, 765 Irving Ave., Syracuse. The initial one-hour session, beginning at 5:30 p.m., will be a “meet and greet,” allowing attendees to get to know the physical therapists, guest speakers and other survivors.

“The meetings will help survivors make new friends who understand the trials and tribulations that come with a breast cancer diagnosis,” says Miles. This program is a way for us to stay healthy while bonding and sharing our experiences in an open, comfortable setting.”

Future support group meetings are planned for Nov. 27, Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 26 and April 23. The regular meetings will last about an hour, but are flexible to accommodate attendees’ schedules and interests. The first 30 minutes of the meetings will be devoted to an appropriate exercise, which will differ each month and can be enjoyed by women at any level of physical fitness. Sessions will also include speakers on topics recommended by the members of the Pink Therapy Breast Cancer Support Group.

Refreshments will be provided. Free parking is available at the Marley Education Center by entering the garage from the corner of Irving Ave. and University Pl. Pre-registration is not mandatory but is advised due to possible venue changes each month. To register, please call 315/472-2464.

Cheryl Abrams
Crouse Hospital
Communications Department
Phone: 315/470-7123
Fax: 315/470-7232

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