The University of New Mexico Cancer Research & Treatment Center (CRTC) is holding a free educational seminar for cancer patients, their family and friends. "I Can Cope" will include topics such as leaning about cancer and cancer treatments, understanding feelings and relationships, keeping well in mind and body, discovering resources and celebrating life. Every Tuesday from March 9 to March 30, there will be speakers discussing the topics from 6:30- 8:30 pm. 

The four-session program is intended to encourage exchange of information and concerns, and develop effective dialogue among healthcare providers, patients and their families. "It is very important for cancer patients to have a support system so they can deal with the many aspects of their diagnosis," said Rod Touchet, Social Worker at the UNM CRCT.

"I Can Cope" is co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society. It is free and open to the public, therefore space is limited and walk-ins cannot be accommodated. To register for the program call the UNM CRTC at 272-1463. The CRTC is located directly behind University Hospital just North of Lomas. Turn North on Yale off Lomas then right to Camino de Salud and continue straight to park. Valet parking is available.

The University of New Mexico Cancer Research & Treatment Center is New Mexico's premier Cancer Center supported by the State and the National Cancer Institute to conduct innovative research and deliver state-of-the-art patient care. The UNM CRTC works to reduce the incidence of cancer in New Mexico, decrease cancer mortality and contribute to the world's understanding of cancer. With a staff of over 300 including more than 150 physicians and research scientists, the UNM CRTC maintains a vigorous clinical research program, participates in clinical trials and compiles and tracks data on all cancer cases affecting the state's diverse population.


Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3322