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Beaumont Offering Wellness Program to Female Cancer Survivors

Required information session Jan. 15 or 22 at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.

Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak is offering Silver Linings Cancer Survivors Program, an eight-week wellness program, for women cancer survivors.

Silver Linings is free to participants, regardless of where they received treatment for their cancer.  All interested participants must attend one information/registration session at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15 or Jan. 22 at the Rose Cancer Center on the campus of Beaumont, Royal Oak. The session will take place in the first floor classroom. Registrants must be 18 years or older and have completed their cancer treatments.

Those interested in attending either information/registration session are asked to RSVP with Pam Jablonski at 248-551-4645 or pjablonski@beaumont.edu. More information on Silver Linings can be found at http://cancer.beaumonthospitals.com/silverlinings.

Silver Linings is designed for women who have survived any type of cancer and includes instruction in meditation; yoga; mindful communication/eating; breast awareness/self-exam; and discussion of post-cancer body image and sexuality. The program helps cancer survivors explore and heal the physical, emotional and spiritual effects of the disease.

Explains Ruth Lerman, M.D., “Our research has shown that program participants experience an improved quality of life. This includes decreased stress and cancer-related physical and psychological symptoms. It may even improve the thinking and memory problems known as chemo brain.”

A research team from Oakland University and Beaumont Health System completed a randomized, controlled study of Silver Linings in September 2010.  Their work was published in the February 2012 Annals of Surgical Oncology.

More than 200 women have benefited from Silver Linings training since 2005.

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