University of Rochester Cancer Center Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program Hosts Journaling Workshop

August 15, 2000

In an on-going effort to educate and empower breast cancer patients and survivors, the University of Rochester Cancer Center (URCC) Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program will host a journaling workshop to help women confront the emotional issues that accompanies a diagnosis of cancer.

The workshop entitled, “Journaling - On the Road to Healing After Breast Cancer” is open to the community. Women are invited to attend either September 9, 2000 or September 30, 2000, 9:00am -1:00pm at the University of Rochester River Campus, Wilson Commons, Stackel Room, 202. The workshop will be led by Peter Marchant, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at SUNY College at Brockport. Dr. Marchant has extensive experience teaching autobiograpy.

In recent years, an increasing amount of data has been collected suggesting the importance of addressing psychological needs of those suffering from physical ailments. This notion was supported in a study that was published in the April 1999 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, which investigated the effects of writing about stressful experiences on patients suffering with asthma or rheumatoid arthritis. Results showed that patients reported psychological and physical health benefits as a result of the attention given to their frame of mind.

Jennifer Griggs, M.D., Director of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program upholds the benefits seen to come from journaling, considering it to be another important part of the healing process for women with breast cancer.

“We increasingly recognize the need to meet what are traditionally seen as ‘non-medical’ needs of our patients. Writing and other forms of self-expression are important ways that women can help themselves as they continue to heal after a diagnosis of breast cancer. We are pleased to have Dr. Marchant teaching this course. His experience as a teacher should make this a valuable experience to all who participate,” said Griggs.

The journaling sessions are limited to 15 women per session. To register, send a check (made payable to the URCC Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program). Include your name, address, telephone number and E-mail address. Send to: Joreatha Jones, Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 704, Rochester, NY 14642. Questions regarding registration call (716) 275-4797. For additional information, call Jennifer Griggs, M.D., (716) 275-4979.

Note to editor: Since it’s inception, the University of Rochester Cancer Center Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program has hosted an array of programs and workshops designed to address the many areas of interest to breast cancer patients and survivors, including nutrition, genetics and breast cancer and breast reconstruction. New educational opportunities will continue to be held throughout the year.

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