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Center to address emotional aspects of cancer

SPRINGFIELD The Pioneer Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group will hold a meeting on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. on the emotional aspects of cancer.

Held in the third floor conference room at the D'Amour Center for Cancer Care on 3350 Main St. in Springfield, the support group meeting will feature special guest speaker Marlene Quinlan, LICSW, oncology social worker at Baystate Medical Center.

The emotional aspects of cancer are very real. Responses to the diagnosis and treatment may vary greatly, but many social, emotional, and spiritual concerns may surface. Patients and families deal with the stress of the disease by tapping into their existing coping mechanisms.

During the meeting, Quinlan will present a brief overview of the emotional side of cancer and will introduce various techniques that can be used to help patients and families deal with a cancer diagnosis.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men over 50, and approximately one out of every six men are expected to get this deadly disease within his lifetime.

The free group is open to those newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and others currently in treatment, prostate cancer survivors, and supporters of loved ones with prostate cancer.

Attendance and parking are free.

For more information, call Bill Whitmore, prostate cancer survivor and group coordinator, at 665-7741.