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Hospital Offering Support Group for Cancer Patients and Families

August 27, 2017, 2:00 PM HST
* Updated August 26, 4:44 PM
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North Hawai’i Community Hospital. NHCH file courtesy image.

North Hawai’i Community Hospital has formed a new cancer support group for patients, families and caregivers throughout Hawai‘i Island. The group will meet on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the hospital. The meeting is free and no RSVP is required.

The meeting will be led by Corey McCullough, LSW, licensed social worker at North Hawai’i Community Hospital, and Crissy Kuehn, RN, ONNCG, OCN, Cancer Center patient navigator, North Hawai’i Community Hospital.

Attendees will be offered educational presentations on a range of topics relevant to cancer patients and their loved ones, and have the opportunity to participate in an informal discussion in a relaxed, supportive environment.

“Being able to provide support to cancer patients and their families is extremely important,” said Dr. Gary Goldberg, chief medical officer at North Hawai’i Community Hospital. “A support group provides a unique opportunity to discuss and share with others in similar circumstances. People often have complex questions—a support group offers time and resources to address those concerns and help reduce anxiety.”

The Aug. 31 meeting will feature guest speaker Janet Crosier, PT, DPT, MEd, rehabilitation services manager at North Hawai’i Community Hospital. She will discuss the healing power of exercise in cancer recovery.

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Future cancer support group meetings will be held on the last Thursday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call (808) 881-4417.

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