New Support Group for Cancer Patients

July 6th, 2016

The SIH Cancer Institute Support Group is a new service offered the second Monday of each month at the SIH Cancer Institute in Carterville. Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) Kristin Francis and certified oncology nurse, Krystal Zsido, lead the monthly sessions, which begin Monday, July 11.

SIH Cancer Institute Support Group
2nd Monday of the Month
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
At the SIH Cancer Institute in Carterville

The support group will offer an educational segment and an emotional support segment. “It will help patients gain knowledge about topics that can directly affect them in their treatment process, such as rehab services, financial services, coping, nutrition, and many others,” said Francis. “Emotional support will allow them to talk and vent with other patients, because they often feel they cannot share honest feelings and fears with their caregivers and loved ones.”

The group plans to have different guest speakers allowing the participants to get to know local resources and specialists.

“Our hope is that each participant will leave feeling a renewed sense of strength to continue fighting this disease,” said Francis.

For more details, call (618) 985-3333, extension 68315 or 68319. Participants do not need to be a current patient of the SIH Cancer Institute.