As a result of earlier detection, improved treatments and the supportive care of family and friends, there are now more than 10 million cancer survivors in the United States.

Often following treatment for cancer, patients find that they need support that is different from their needs while in active treatment. To offer assistance, The Cancer Centers of Saint Barnabas Medical Center will present 11-part Cancer Survivorship Lecture Series entitled "Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Patients Excel)."

"As many survivors learn, recovery is not always the end of the cancer experience," explains Angela McCabe, LCSW, OSW-C, Director of Psychosocial Support Services and Community Outreach at Saint Barnabas. "This program was created to address the wide variety of medical and emotional concerns patients have following treatment."

These free programs will provide an opportunity for cancer survivors and their families to hear from our multidisciplinary team at Saint Barnabas. This lecture series may help individuals transition onto their path of wellness. The program schedule and speakers are as follows:

May 4: Navigating Your Care After Breast Cancer Treatment Loriann Manning, RN, BSN, OCN, Assistant Director of Clinical Services, Saint Barnabas Cancer Center

May 11: The Seven Main Energy Centers of the Body - "The Chakras" Lynn Ferrer, RN, Holistic Nurse Practitioner, Psychosocial Support Services Cancer Program

May 18: Understanding and Managing Treatment Related Menopause Jennifer Wagmiller, MD, Medical Oncologist, Saint Barnabas Cancer Center

June 1: Weight Gain and Lifestyle Changes Abby Blaustein, MS, RD, CDE, Manager, Siegler Center for Integrative Medicine and the Obesity and Weight Management Center

June 8: Managing Cancer Related Fatigue Speaker TBD

June 15: Communication and Relationship Issues Patti Conlin, LSW, Oncology Social Worker, Psychosocial Support Services Cancer Program

June 22: Genetics- When Is it a Family Affair? Janice Berliner, MS, CGC, Board Certified Genetic Counselor, Psychosocial Support Services Cancer Program

June 29: Profiles in Strength and Coping Features a panel of cancer survivors who will share their stories of healing and strength

July 13: "Someone I Love Has Cancer"- What Do We Tell Our Children? Donna Dandrilli, MA, ATR, Art Therapist, Psychosocial Support Services Cancer Program

July 20: Defining Yourself after Treatment Patti Conlin, LSW, Oncology Social Worker. Psychosocial Support Services Cancer Program

July 27: Returning to Work After Short and Long Term Absences Angela McCabe, LCSW, OSW-C, Director, Psychosocial Support Services and Community Outreach

All of the programs will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Radiation Oncology Classroom, Room #1749, on the first floor of Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 94 Old Short Hills Road in Livingston. While these programs are free, registration is required. To register or for more information, please call Angela McCabe, LCSW, OSW-C, Director of Psychosocial Support Services and Community Outreach, at 973-322-2668.