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Tahoe Forest Cancer Center welcomes caregivers to join its free caregiver education and navigation workshop series

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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Many cancer caregivers experience serious health conditions as a result of their continuous care giving responsibilities. Tahoe Forest Cancer Center’s (TFCC) Free Caregiver Education and Navigation Workshop will address how caregivers can maintain their own health and well-being while supporting a loved one with cancer.

The Free Caregiver Education and Navigation Workshop is a four-week program being held consecutive Tuesdays. The first session is Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 at 6 p.m. in the second floor conference room adjacent to the Health Clinic in the Medical Office Building at 10956 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.

On Feb. 15, caregivers will be given insights on how to navigate medical billing and insurance with Tahoe Forest Cancer Center’s (TFCC) financial counselor, Ashley Vigano; Feb. 22, learn proper nutrition for cancer patients with Heather Lutz, RD, TFCC’s medical nutrition therapist. March 1, Cathy Bervid, FNP, TFCC oncology nurse practitioner will answer specific questions about cancer, treatment and diagnosis. The last session on March 8 will teach caregivers about the mind body connection. Kirk Ditterich, PsyD, TFCC clinical psychologist will talk about the importance of whole body wellness. To learn more, call 530-582-6450 or visit http://www.tahoecancercenter.com.

Tahoe Forest Cancer Center is a proud affiliate of the UC Davis Cancer Care Network that offers Free Supportive Care Programs. Cancer specific support programs have been shown to play an important role in an improved patient experience as well as improved cancer survival rates.

The programs use an integrated approach to patient, family and caregivers psychosocial needs before, during and after a course of treatment. This is a whole-person approach to cancer care that addresses the social, psychological, emotional, spiritual and functional aspects of a patient’s cancer journey to improve the quality of life for the patient, the family and the caregiver.

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WeCARE! is a community-based cancer peer navigator program providing special support on a one-to-one basis. It matches newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with trained cancer survivors. The WeCARE! program is available to any newly diagnosed cancer patient, regardless of where the patient receives treatment. Call 530-582-6450.

The Tahoe Forest Cancer Center offers a weekly support group meeting for cancer patients, their families and friends every Monday, 6-8 p.m. in the Medical Office Building, 10956 Donner Pass Road, Video Conference Room next to the Health Clinic. Call 530-582-6450.

Exercise for Energy is now offered in both Truckee and Incline Village, Nev. Classes are specially designed for current and recovering cancer patients. All classes are supportive, medically managed and taught by health professionals. Call 530-582-7415 or e-mail mlarson@tfhd.com. Pre-screening is required.

Free Yoga Class highlights a combination of yoga postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation; this gentle class helps students relieve stress and anxiety, gain greater body awareness, and strengthen from the inside out. Call 530-582-7415, or e-mail mlarson@tfhd.com.

Healing Arts is a creative arts group designed to expose patients to the use of arts as a healing too with a variety of art mediums including collage, painting and fiber arts (needle felting, wool painting and rug braiding). Call 530-582-7415, or e-mail mlarson@tfhd.com.

The and#8220;Look Good, Feel Betterand#8221; Program is an American Cancer Society program designed to help women overcome the appearance related side effects of cancer treatment. Supplies must be ordered, so please be sure to register in advance. Call 530-582-6450 for dates and registration.

Tahoe Forest Hospice Services offers a Grief Support Group in a safe and supportive environment. Call Tahoe Forest Hospice Services 530-582-3534.

The Reneeand#8217;s Place program gently guides children, teens and families through the grieving process. A generous collection of books, videos, and resource materials are available in your local school and public library. The program also provides trained volunteers who offer compassionate bereavement support in a support group or one on one environment. Call 530-582-3534.

The Tahoe Forest Cancer Center is an affiliate of the UC Davis Cancer Network. located at 10956 Donner Pass Road, Suite 330, Truckee.