Beaumont offering winter program for women cancer survivors

12/18/2013

Required information session Jan. 7 or Jan. 14 at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak

Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak is offering Silver Linings, an eight-week, mindfulness-based stress reduction program, that helps women cancer survivors learn how to reduce stress with tools including meditation, mindful yoga, eating and communication.

Silver Linings is free to participants, regardless of where they received treatment for their cancer. All interested participants must RSVP and attend an information/registration session at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 or Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak in the Yoga Room, Employee Fitness Center. Participants must be 18 years or older and have completed their cancer treatments.

For further information and to RSVP, contact Pam Jablonski at 248-551-4645 or pjablonski@beaumont.edu. More information on Silver Linings can be found at http://cancer.beaumonthospitals.com/silverlinings.

All participants receive CDs of the meditation and yoga practices taught in class to support home practice, a crucial component of the program’s success.

Silver Linings is designed for women who have survived any type of cancer and addresses concerns common to female cancer survivors including fear of recurrence, body image and sexuality.  Explains Ruth Lerman, M.D., “Our research has shown that program participants experience an improved quality of life. This includes decreased stress and cancer-related physical and psychological symptoms. It may even improve the thinking and memory problems known as chemo brain.”

A research team from Oakland University and Beaumont Health System published results of a randomized, controlled study of Silver Linings in the February 2012 Annals of Surgical Oncology.

More than 320 women have benefited from Silver Linings training since 2005.

About Beaumont’s Cancer Program

Beaumont’s comprehensive cancer program combines the expertise of surgical, medical and radiation oncologists to offer cancer prevention counseling, diagnosis and treatment in hospital and community-based settings. The Beaumont Cancer Institute is one of only 49 Community Clinical Oncology Programs in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute to provide patients with access to leading-edge cancer clinical research trials. Beaumont is designated as a Blue Cross Center of Distinction for the Treatment of Rare and Complex Cancers. Beaumont, Royal Oak and Troy are recognized by U.S. News & World Report as “high performing” hospitals for cancer care. Find out more at http://cancer.beaumont.edu/.