July 29
Who Cares?

Michiana Hematology Oncology, Westville
10am

Everyone diagnosed with cancer relies on someone for both physical and emotional support. Often the role of the caregiver is complex: caregivers play key roles in understanding the treatment benefits, the schedule, and the side effects. But they can have serious feelings and concerns of their own. Explore the role of the caregiver with staff at RiverBend and learn tips to take care of yourself.

July 31
Lymphedema: Isn’t That Swell?

Michiana Hematology Oncology, Mishawaka
10am

The side effects of lymph node removal can result in lymphedema. Explore the causes and treatments of lymphedema with Joanne Hartman, PT, CLT. See the tools, clothing, and aids that can help control it. Learn the serious symptoms of lymphedema and when you should seek immediate help.

August 7
Holistic Stress Management Practice

Michiana Hematology Oncology, Westville
4pm

Come and learn how to manage your stress by practicing one of the holistic stress management strategies with this group. Our leader is Dawn Case, MSN, FNP-BC, AOCNP, CLT, LMT.

August 7
The New American Plate – Not Your Mother’s Sunday Dinner!

Michiana Hematology Oncology, Westville
10am

Join Heather Borsa, RD, CSO, CD, as we learn the American Institute for Cancer Research’s New American Plate. We will explore the model that emphasizes foods that reduce risk for cancer and other chronic illnesses. You will receive a handy guide and checklist to help with forming your own healthy plates.

August 12
A Meal Could Heal

Michiana Hematology Oncology, Mishawaka
10am

Proper nutrition is critical for survivors. Nutritionist Edie Sutton, Extension Coordinator, Consumer and Family Sciences, Purdue University Extension, will create one healthy dinner and two healthy snacks for you to taste during this class.

August 19
After the Cure: Long-Term Survival Issues

RiverBend Wellness Center
10am


Your “cure date” has come and gone. You beat cancer! Congratulations! Does cancer still have a hold on you? What are the long-term effects of the disease or the treatment? Come learn about a progressive cancer survivorship program and what you should know with Toni Klatt-Ellis, APRN, MN, AOCN.

August 21
Every Twinge is NOT Cancer

Michiana Hematology Oncology, Mishawaka
4pm

Fear of recurrence ranks as one of the most common concerns of cancer survivors. Cindy Hershberger, RN, BSN, OCN, will explore the triggers and help you find ways to cope with this fear.

August 28
Making the Most of Your Medical Appointment

Michiana Hematology Oncology, Westville
4pm

Proper communication with your medical team will improve your quality of care. Learn how to prepare for your visit with Dawn Case, MSN, FNP-BC, AOCNP, CLT, LMT. She will share tips on good communication, the best questions to ask your doctor, when to get a second opinion and how to be empowered in your own healthcare.

September 2
Mind Over Matter

RiverBend Wellness Center
10am

Stacy Garton, MSW, LCSW will explore the mind-body connection as it relates to treatment and stress. A positive mind-body connection can aid in healing and reduce anxiety. We will also do a mindfulness exercise.

September 4
Holistic Stress Management Practice

Michiana Hematology Oncology, Westville
4pm

Come and learn how to manage your stress by practicing one of the holistic stress management strategies with this group. Our leader is Dawn Case, MSN, FNP-BC, AOCNP, CLT, LMT.

September 4
Cancer and the Environment

Michiana Hematology Oncology, Mishawaka
10am

The documentary Living Downstream will be shown. This is a video about Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. a scientist and cancer survivor, who believes that the environment played a part in her cancer diagnosis. Each attendee will receive a handout with more informational resources.

September 9
Foods That Fight

RiverBend Wellness Center
4pm

Is it true we can help prevent cancer by eating the right foods? Heather Borsa, RD, CSO, CD will answer that question and many more as we explore the basics of healthy nutrition. Get some great tips, good recipes, and a helpful dietary guide.

September 11
Every Twinge is NOT Cancer – NEW!

Michiana Hematology Oncology, Westville
4pm

Fear of recurrence ranks as one of the most common concerns of cancer survivors. Melissa Collins, RN, OCN will explore the triggers and help you find ways to cope with this fear.

September 16
Exercise for the Health of It!

RiverBend Wellness Center
10am

Exercise is another tool in the fight against cancer. Learn the benefits of exercise and see a demonstration of exercises that will improve your balance and your core strength to promote faster healing with Natalie Tavernier, Community Health Coordinator and LiveStrong trainer with the YMCA.

September 18
Financial Fix – The Cost of Cancer

Michiana Hematology Oncology, Mishawaka
10am

A cancer diagnosis could break the bank, but it doesn’t have to. Help is available. Bonnie Miller, Patient Assistance Specialist, will take you through the process to develop a realistic plan.

September 23
Intimacy and Cancer – FOR WOMEN ONLY

RiverBend Wellness Center
4pm

Research suggests a cancer diagnosis often leads to significant disruption in sexual function and intimacy, regardless of the type of cancer or how far along the patient is in treatment. Learn how cancer affects sexuality and intimacy and what you can do about it with Sexuality Educator and Counselor Kelly Connell, MS Ed.

September 25
Too Much of a Good Thing Could Be Bad – Exploring Inflammation – NEW!

Michiana Hematology Oncology, Mishawaka
4pm

Evidence increasingly suggests that too much inflammation could inadvertently aid the growth, survival, and ultimate metastasis of cancer cells. Come explore this topic with Jen Ewing, RN, MSN, NP-C, AOCNP.