Letter: Cancer resources at S. Portland forum

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On June 6 from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Cancer Community Center at 778 Main St., the South Portland Employees Wellness Committee and the cancer center, using a small grant from PROP, will host a free forum on cancer resources and support systems.

No one is ever prepared to deal with a relative, friend or neighbor’s diagnosis with cancer. We try to avoid people with cancer as words seem too hard to come up with, especially if it is a relative or child. Most of us don’t know where to find support services for the patient or for their family or even for yourself.

The forum, free for all citizens of the city of South Portland, is to teach you about resources and alternative medicines like the use of massage therapy and acupuncture and yes, support groups for victims and their caregivers. You do need to register, if possible, so we can provide snacks and drinks. You can come for one class or stay for the whole time. Call to find out what resources are available and the time it is scheduled for. It is really about helping you to learn how to be supportive of cancer victims and be able to encourage them to take advantage of the free services/resources at the Cancer Community Center. No one should struggle with cancer treatments alone.

To register call 774-2200 or go online at CancerCommunityCenter.org.

Maxine Beecher, District 4 city councilor
South Portland