Beginning May 26, 2016, Gilda’s Club is offering four Intervention Groups of From Cancer to Health™, a program to help people recently diagnosed with cancer, including those undergoing treatment, to manage the stress of diagnosis and treatment. Funding for this program is made possible through a Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine grant. Led by Program Manager Kelly Hendershot, From Cancer to Health™ empowers people with cancer through six weekly group meetings designed to teach effective strategies and techniques to better cope throughout the cancer journey.

Participants may choose one of four 6-week long Intervention Groups to attend:

Intervention Group 1: Thursdays, May 26 – June 30, 2016, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Muscatine Community YMCA, 1823 Logan Street, Muscatine, IA.

Intervention Group 2: Thursdays, August 4 – September 8, 2016, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at Muscatine Community YMCA, 1823 Logan Street, Muscatine, IA.

Intervention Group 3: Thursdays, October 6 – November 10, 2016, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 401 Iowa Avenue, Muscatine, IA.

Intervention Group 4: Thursdays, January 12 – February 16, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, 1514 Isett Avenue, Muscatine, IA.

“More than 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year,” said Barbara L. Andersen, professor of psychology at The Ohio State University and lead developer of From Cancer to Health™.  “People diagnosed with cancer feel a great deal of stress, and over time the stress can disrupt the healing process and a patient’s wellbeing.”

Research shows that patients participating in a trial of From Cancer to Health™ demonstrated less stress. Participants developed stronger immune systems, experienced greater social support, kept healthier diets, and had fewer physical side effects from treatment.

From Cancer to Health™ was designed by an expert panel of health psychologists at The Ohio State University through grants from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. Each week, patients will learn:

  • Strategies to help manage stress
  • Ways to lessen the impact of physical symptoms of cancer
  • Skills to cope with common problems faced by people with cancer

From Cancer to Health™ is grounded in more than a decade of research showing the positive effect that reducing stress has on the health of people with cancer,” said Kelly Hendershot, Program Manager, Gilda’s Club. “We are proud to offer this much-needed, cutting-edge program to help people with cancer in Muscatine.”

To learn more about From Cancer to Health™, contact Kelly Hendershot, 563-326-7504, [email protected]. Gilda’s Club Quad Cities provides support, education and hope to all people affected by cancer.  As a Cancer Support Community affiliate, we are part of the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the United States.  Our global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer.