Community Programs and Events
Memorial's Cancer Center 2015 Annual Report – Community Programs and Events:
Community education and outreach continues to be an important part of our Cancer Services program. Education on cancer prevention, cancer screening guidelines, and support services was promoted at various community events throughout the year. This year, the 10th and Final Cancer Awareness Run and Ride drew more than 2,000 people, with 1,531 registered participants making this our largest event to date. This family friendly event has allowed those in our community who have been touched by cancer to either walk, run, or cycle to raise cancer awareness. There are activities for children and the opportunity to visit a very interactive exhibit area. Cancer related organizations, community cancer support groups, those with information regarding nutrition, fitness, and healthy lifestyles, join us to provide helpful information and resources to our community.
Cancer survivors continued to be recognized at the Modesto Nuts’ Knock Cancer Out of the Park night in May which gave us the opportunity to raise awareness about breast cancer prevention and early detection screening guidelines. Radiation Oncologist, Alex Garcia-Young, MD, joined a local breast cancer survivor to throw out the first pitch. Tobacco prevention and cessation programs continue to be provided in collaboration with the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation to meet the needs of our community. We also continue to work with the SCOE on programs to decrease tobacco use among our youth. The 3rd Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference held in March 2015 was facilitated by David Shiba, MD, Cancer Program Medical Director. Topics and speakers included:
- "Dealing with the Fear of Recurrence” Kathy LaTour, B.A., MFA
- "Coping with the Emotional and Relational Aspects of Cancer”, Rick Rener, MSW,
- "Supporting our Caregivers”, Shelly Edwards, LCSW
- "Nutrition and Lifestyle”, Ericka Conner, R.D., CSO
The next annual conference is scheduled for March 2016. In addition, we intend to host our area’s first Young Adult Cancer Survivorship Event with a program at the Gallo Center for Arts featuring cancer survivor and found of Stupid Cancer, Matthew Zachary.
To further our work in the area of outreach and cancer survivorship the Survivorship Seminar Series was initiated in January of 2015. This is a monthly program in which we are able to address cancer survivorship issues that our community feels are important to them. Feedback obtained from the attendees through a program evaluation was used to develop further topics for future presentation. Below are the topics addressed during the seminar series.
- Wellness After Cancer: Mind, Body, Spirit
- Sexuality and Intimacy
- Mental Health
- The Unique Needs of Young Adult Cancer Survivors
- Physician and Expert Panel Discussion
- Relaxation Techniques
- What Do You Do Between Doctor Visits?
- Healthy Living
Memorial Medical Center (MMC) continued to work in partnership with the American Cancer Society providing a Colorectal Cancer Screening at The Age with Movement Celebration. Other activities include:
- Platinum sponsor for the American Cancer Society’s Modesto 2015 Relay for Life,
- Hosted the Road to Recovery volunteer luncheon.
- Participated at the Soiree of the Central Valley.
A Nutrition Seminar Series: Healthy Eating for Healthy Living was led by Faron Moreno, R.D., CSO and Jan Hadley, R.D.. The focus was on how healthy nutrition plays an important role in preventing cancer as well as its importance in the treatment and healing following a cancer diagnosis. This series focused on a plant-based diet which benefits everyone. Seminars featured cooking demonstrations and recipes using seasonal farm fresh produce to create delicious meals. Once again we partnered with Westurf Nursery and participants were able to learn how to create healthy pizzas using farm fresh produce in their wonderful garden setting using wood fire pizza ovens.
Plans are underway to create a cancer prevention program that will focus on healthy lifestyles for teens. The nutrition seminar series in 2016 will include a weight management component. The Healing Journey Complementary Therapy Program, continues to provide support and encouragement both to cancer survivors, their support person, and caregivers in our community. Individual programs include: art, writing, photography, music, gardening, movement, strength and fitness program, Pilates, yoga, aquatic therapy, and a walking and cycling club. The goal is to help manage cancer symptoms, adverse effects of cancer treatment, and improve quality of life. In August, an Open House, Open Studio evening was presented by the facilitators of the Complementary Therapy Program. This event was held at the Mistlin Gallery allowing participants and community members to meet the facilitators and experience the programs. The purpose was to continue to raise awareness about the many opportunities that are offered and available to those in our community who have been touched by cancer.
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- Reduction in fear, pain, depression anxiety, anger, sadness and irrational thought as a result of having cancer treatment
- Programs allow for friendship, support, companionship, and inspiration from others
- Programs give hope and a happier and healthier outlook on life
- Currently over 300 individuals are active in these programs
- Over 900 individuals have participated since 2005
The “Survivor” full gallery art exhibit at the Mistlin Gallery in October was a wonderful example of the benefit these programs are to our community.
Team Challenge, another of our outreach programs currently has over 100 cancer survivors and supporters participating. This group runs and walks together to support each other’s personal goals, raise cancer awareness, and encourage a healthy lifestyle.