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All the activities listed here are offered to the community FREE of charge.

Depression and Anxiety: The Burden We Carry and Finding a Way Forward

Wednesday, March 8 • 5:00 p.m.
Class led by Tom Steffora, MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Mission Hope Cancer Center, 1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria
Reservations required; please call 805.219.HOPE (4673).

At the beginning of their journey, most patients feel anxious, afraid and overwhelmed. For many, however, those feelings never go away. Learn how to recognize and overcome anxiety and panic so you can become a stronger advocate for yourself. Learn coping skills that will help you maintain a balanced life with a positive attitude.

Class Topics:
• What does it mean to have depression and anxiety?
• What do those with depression and anxiety experience and what are options for treatment including non-pharmaceutical interventions?
• Cancer’s effects on mood and outlook
• Opportunities for engaging with loved ones, friends and medical practitioners
• Understanding depression and anxiety as a temporary predicament

Empower Yourself: Get Educated About Colorectal Cancer

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Free Presentation by: Paramjit Benipal, MD, and Cheryl Decker, MD

Wednesday, March 29, 5:00 p.m. Mission Hope Cancer Center 1325 East Church Street Reservations required; please call 805.219.HOPE (4673).

Please join our physician experts as they discuss
• Risk factors
• Screening recommendations
• What to expect during a colonoscopy
• Can’t afford this life saving screening? We can help
• Treatment options

Managing a Dual Diagnosis

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Mission Hope invites you to attend a free community talk:
Successfully Managing Cancer and Diabetes
Cancer and diabetes often co-exist leading to specific challenges. Cheryl Decker, MD, Survivorship and Supportive Care Program, and Sheri Etheredge, RD, Certified Diabetes Educator, will provide pertinent information and specific strategies for coping.

Tuesday, April 18 • 5:00 p.m.
Mission Hope Cancer Center
1325 East Church Street
Reservations required; please call 805.219.HOPE (4673).

If you are managing cancer and diabetes, you understand how difficult it can be to eat right and stay strong. Each of these diseases can be frustrating enough to deal with on their own. When battling them at the same time, it can take your stress to new levels.

Regardless of which disease came first, know you are not the only one dealing with this situation. Cancer and diabetes often co-exist. And, while managing both diseases simultaneously can be difficult, it can be done. The first step is understanding.

Understanding Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin—a hormone secreted by the pancreas (the large gland behind the stomach). Insulin is needed to convert sugar, starches and other carbohydrates into energy needed for daily life.

Much of the food eaten is broken down into glucose (sugar), which is the main source of fuel for the body. After digestion, glucose passes into the bloodstream and, with the help of insulin, it moves into the body’s cells where it provides fuel for metabolic processes. If the pancreas produces little or no insulin, or if the body’s cells do not respond appropriately to the insulin that is produced, glucose accumulates in the blood. Thus, the body’s cells lose their main source of fuel. To add to the problem, when there is too much sugar in the blood for long periods of time, other cells become damaged.

Types of Diabetes
There are two main types of diabetes: Type I and Type II. Type I diabetes (or insulin dependent diabetes mellitus) occurs when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Typically developing in people under the age of 30 (most commonly children), it accounts for about one out of 10 people with diabetes and is primarily treated with daily insulin injections. Type II diabetes (or non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus) is more common and occurs when the insulin produced by the pancreas does not work effectively. Type II diabetes is typically found in individuals who are over 30 years of age and overweight. It accounts for about nine out of 10 people with diabetes and can be managed with healthy eating, regular exercise, oral medications and/or insulin when necessary.

The Cancer-Diabetes Relationship
Between eight and 18 percent of people living with cancer also have diabetes. While many individuals know they are diabetic when they are diagnosed with cancer, others may only discover it after a cancer diagnosis or during treatment. There is a strong link between diabetes and different types of cancer. Type I diabetes tends to occur with cervical and stomach cancers. Type II diabetes often occurs with breast, endometrial, pancreatic, liver, kidney and colon cancers.

It is important to properly manage diabetes during cancer treatment. Cancer and cancer treatment can bring about metabolic changes that cause or aggravate symptoms of diabetes. Also, high blood sugar levels brought on by diabetes can weaken the immune system, which needs to be strong to fight cancer. Likewise, diabetes could potentially delay cancer treatment or increase the risk of infection during treatment. The good news is that there are many strategies for successfully managing this dual diagnosis. Please join us at our special presentation to learn more.