Tidelands Health offering new class to help those recently diagnosed or living with cancer

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Published on June 27, 2019

Tidelands Health offering new class to help those recently diagnosed or living with cancer

A cancer diagnosis often leaves patients with a flurry of emotions and countless questions.

Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network, an affiliate of MUSC Health, has a new way to help patients know what to expect after a diagnosis.
Cancer 101 educates patients on the treatment journey and introduces them to the care team at Tidelands Health. The class covers a wide range of important topics, including available cancer treatments, the process patients may experience as they enter treatment and an overview of the cancer care resources provided at Tidelands Health.

The class does not replace the one-on-one discussions patients have with their physicians about their specific treatment plan, but it can help those who attend gain knowledge about the resources available to them so they can have richer conversations with their health care providers.

“We know how scary it can be to receive a cancer diagnosis,” said Tim Laugh, director of oncology services at Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network. “While patients routinely discuss their diagnosis with their physician, it’s also helpful to have the opportunity to learn more, ask questions and meet additional members of the care team in a more informal setting. The extra support could help improve a patient’s cancer treatment experience and help long-term outcomes.”

The Cancer 101 class is designed for new cancer patients, but all cancer patients are welcome. There is no cost to attend.
The first class will meet Thursday, July 11, at 12:30 p.m. in the cancer center’s conference room at the MUSC Health Tidelands Health Radiation Therapy Center, located at 4033 U.S. 17 Bypass in Waccamaw Medical Park East, Suite 106, Murrells Inlet. Beginning in August, Cancer 101 will meet at 12:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Laugh at 843-652-8063 or tlaugh@tidelandshealth.org.

The Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network is the region’s only triple accredited cancer treatment program, with accreditations from the Commission on Cancer, the National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology.

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