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Cancer Transitions®Program offered for survivors in Post-Treatment Care  

St. Mary Medical Center Cancer Care Center is offering a free, six-week Cancer Transitions® class for survivors who are moving from treatment to the post-treatment phase. The classes will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, July 18 and continue each Thursday through August 22.

Cancer Transitions is a program of the Cancer Support Community and LIVESTRONG. It is open to cancer survivors who have been out of active treatment for at least three weeks up to two years.

Each class will focus on an important aspect of survivorship including exercise, emotional health and well-being, nutrition, medical management beyond cancer and other topics. Expert panelists include an occupational therapist, a clinical dietician and a palliative care nurse practitioner. These and other presenters will discuss topics like stress management, training in relaxation and individualized approaches to exercise and fitness.

Classes are two hours in duration and include a period of light customized fitness activity. Each participant will receive a free pedometer, workbook, educational brochures and handouts.

Classes will be held at the Valparaiso Health Center of St. Mary Medical Center, located at 3800 St. Mary Drive, off of SR 49 at Burlington Beach Rd. To register, contact Roxy Karnes, Cancer Care Services Manager, at 219-947-6060.

St. Mary Medical Center’s Cancer Care Center is a part of the Community Healthcare System that also includes Community Hospital in Munster and St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago. To learn more about the physicians and services of Community Healthcare System or to locate an outpatient care or surgery center near you, visit us at

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