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Cheatham County Cancer Survivors Alliance

We are dedicated to providing support for Cheatham County families.

On July 1, 2020 CCCEC received an award from the Tennessee Cancer Coalition to provide education and guidance for Cheatham County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer, and for their family members. We are offering virtual presentations to community organizations and faith communities to provide education, information about resources, and to learn more from survivors about their needs. The Coalition has named the project Cheatham County Cancer Survivors Alliance (CCCSA). Check this page often to see new information about resources and events coming up.

Upcoming Events

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Cancer Thriving and Surviving (CTS) is a free 6-week educational support group for cancer survivors and their caregivers/companions. The TN Department of Health and Extension Service train facilitators who work in teams to bring it to communities across the state. Learn more about the workshop by clicking here.

 

Email Aneta Eichler at adodd@utk.edu to sign up for the next series.

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TAKE OUR SURVEY

The Cheatham County Cancer Survivors Alliance would like your help identifying resources that may be helpful for survivors and caregivers in our county. Also, we want to know about problems people with cancer and their caregivers have had accessing information and services, so that we can develop a plan to address those problems. Here is a link to a short, anonymous survey you can complete. Thank you. https://redcap.link/CheathamCancerAlliance

CHEATHAM COUNTY VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETINGS

The Alliance hosted two virtual Town Hall Meetings to provide information about the Alliance, the perspectives of Cheatham County cancer survivors and caregivers, and a brief presentations and Q & A from Liz Winkler APRN, a Vanderbilt Medical Center nurse practitioner who specializes in cancer survivorship care.

 

Also describe are educational presentations about cancer survivorship you can schedule for your organization or faith community, and the launch of a new county-wide survey to learn more about the needs of cancer survivors and their caregivers. 

 

DEC 3, 2020

The Alliance hosted its first virtual Town Hall on Dec. 3, 2020, from 7-8 p.m.

A recording of this meeting can be viewed on our YouTube channel at this link.

MARCH 18, 2021 

Virtual Town Hall on March. 18, 2021, from 7-8:30 p.m.

A recording of this meeting can be viewed on our YouTube channel at this link.

Resources

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Free Meditation Study

Research shows meditation can reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep and enhance overall sense of well-being. Join us to help understand how we can incorporate meditation into personalized cancer care

Who is eligible?

Those age 18 or older and have been diagnosed with any type of cancer.

Participants will join us for a 30-minute guided meditation session (online via Zoom or in-person) and fill out a short survey afterwards about their experience

Register for free: https://redcap.link/vicc.meditates

For questions, contact:

Neha M. Jain, PhD

viccmeditates@vumc.org | (615) 875-9588

Mesothelioma Hope

Mesothelioma Hope is an organizations whose mission is to raise awareness about cancer and other asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma. They offer free resources that are reviewed by oncologists and provide detailed information about mesothelioma and its health impacts. Click here to learn more about Mesothelioma Hope and their resources.

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What is a Survivorship Care Plan and Treatment Summary? Why Do I Need One? In this episode of the Beyond the Ribbon podcast from the 24 Hours In The Canyon Cancer Survivorship Center, a representative of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship discusses the benefits of a survivorship care plan and treatment summary.

 

What to Know When Searching for Cancer Information Online: An Expert Perspective. This post from Cancer.Net addresses why it can be dangerous to rely on medical information found online and how to find reliable resources on the internet.

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                      The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivors Network provides information and support for survivors of all kinds of cancer, and their family members and friends. You can browse the website, join a discussion group, or ask questions.

https://csn.cancer.org/

Nashville’s American Cancer Society is an additional resource for cancer survivors in Cheatham County. Call 615-327-0991 for information about the kinds of support they can offer.

                              Gilda’s Club provides a variety of free programs for survivors and others affected by a cancer                                        diagnosis. The Club and office are located at 1707 Division Street in Nashville, 37203. You can                                      reach them by phone Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Wednesday and                                          Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 615-329-1124. They offer information on their website about a wide range of virtual services: https://gildasclubmiddletn.org/

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship offers education about advocacy for cancer survivors: https://canceradvocacy.org/

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Lung cancer screening can save your life!

For more information visit: www.vicc.org/research/lung-cancer-screening

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Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor that is caused by inhaled asbestos fibers and forms in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Symptoms can include shortness of breath and chest pain. You can obtain free informational books, packets, and a Patient Advocacy program that works 1-on-1 with individuals to help them find local doctors, treatment centers, and support groups at the sites below:  
 

asbestos.com/mesothelioma/   

asbestos.com/mesothelioma/causes/risk-factors/ 

The Cheatham County Cancer Survivors Alliance is committed to providing our community with information from reliable healthcare providers and programs. Here are some online resources from a recent George Washington University Cancer Center in Washington, D.C. newsletter:

Regular Physical Activity Helps Lower Your Cancer Risk A new infographic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention illustrates eight cancers for which regular physical activity can help reduce risk.

 

Your Stories Podcasts: Conquering Cancer as a Family This podcast series from Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation, is a resource for people with cancer and their families on topics such as building a support system and parenting while in treatment.

 

Contact us to learn about the virtual presentations about cancer survivorship that we are offering to Cheatham County community organizations and faith communities. The presentations are based on information provided by the GW Cancer Center. You can sign up for their newsletters by sending an email to cancercenter@email.gwu.edu

How you can help

The CCCSA team invite cancer survivors in Cheatham County to join the planning committee for this project. We hope to learn needs, resources and gaps in services and support available. This information will guide the CCCSA in determining steps we can take to improve information, resources and outcomes for cancer survivors in our county.  

To volunteer to participate in this project, please email cheathamcoalition@gmail.com. Watch this page for updates!