Education Sessions

Through a full resource library, specially equipped teaching kitchen and spacious classrooms we offer and host a myriad of educational programs. Join other survivors to get educated about cancer and cancer treatments or to take a fun break and get your mind off of it altogether. Please call (479)782-6302 or (800)262-9917 to let us know if you would like to attend a class.

2015 Education Sessions

Thank you for your interest in education programs offered by the Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House. Schedule is subject to change. Please RSVP by calling 479-782-6302 or email . Some sessions available online. To view, please check our facebook page or go to our video library under the Programs & Services tab. February February 12th at 5:30 P.M.-“February is National Cancer Prevention Month”.  Dr. Bruce Cross, Sparks Radiation Treatment Center.  We know more now than ever about preventing cancer, but cancer rates are still on the rise.  Learn more about the latest in cancer prevention and what the newest developments in cancer treatment teach us about cancer prevention.  Refreshments sponsored by Dr. Cross. March March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Did you know that colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the US? According to the CDC, if everyone over age 50 had regular, colorectal screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this type of cancer could be prevented. Click here…/colorectal/…/no_pocket_brochure.pdf to learn more about colorectal cancer screening. March 12th at 5:30 P.M. – “Colorectal Cancer: The Latest in Prevention, Screening and Treatment”.  Dr. Bruce Cross, Sparks Radiation Treatment Center.  March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness MonthDr. Cross will share the latest in colorectal cancer prevention, screening, and treatment. April April 9 at 5:30 P.M.- “Cancer Treatment Options”.  Dr. Humdum Durrani, Mercy Oncology-Ft. Smith.  Come meet Mercy-Ft. Smith’s newest oncologist and hear about the newest advancements in cancer treatment options.  Refreshments provided by Mercy Hospital. May May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month On Monday, May 4th the Support House will kick-off our annual Sun S.M.A.R.T. campaign with FREE skin cancer screenings and a noon education session “The Skinny on Skin Cancer and other Skintastic Issues” by Dr. Sandy Johnson. Each year, more than 68,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma, and another 48,000 are diagnosed with an early form of the disease that involves only the top layer of skin. Also, more than 2 million people are treated for basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer each year. Basal cell skin cancer is several times more common than squamous cell skin cancer. Learning about medical care for skin cancer can help you take an active part in making choices about your care.

With the Sun S.M.A.R.T. program the Support House hopes to remind everyone to Slip on a hat, Move to the shade, Apply sunscreen (at least 30+ spf), Re-apply sunscreen every few hours, Tell your friends to be Sun S.M.A.R.T!

8:00am-11:45am and 1:00-2:15pm-FREE Skin Cancer Screenings, call to schedule an appointment 12:00 pm- “The Skinny on Skin Cancer and other Skintastic Issues” Update on skin cancer and treatment as well as a question and answer period on all skin issues.  Lunch sponsored by Johnson Dermatology.  May 4th is Melanoma Monday May 28th at 6:00pm-Nurses Appreciation Dinner.  “Promoting Healthy Behaviors: Moving Toward Wellness”.  Presented by Jeffery Phillip Kendall, PsyD, Associate Professor at UT-Southwestern.  Understanding and practicing good personal health habits and its importance in cancer treatment.  Dinner sponsored by Eli Lilly. June National Cancer Survivor’s Day-Friday, June 5- Celebrating Survivorship.  Patricia Brown, keynote speaker. June 23rd at 12:00pm-“Holistic Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Support: How Exercise and  Therapy are Essential Components to Survivorship.”  Presented by MercyOncology Rehabilitation STAR Certified Program.  July July 29 at 12:00pm- “Dangerous & Deadly” presented byMichael Thames, Pharm.D.  Understand your prescribed medications, recognize addictions and learn about important warnings for mixing over the counter medications with your prescriptions. Lunch sponsored by Peachtree Hospice.  August August 20 at 5:30-“Look Good Feel Better: What to Wear Fashion Show”.   Cancer treatment has many side effects, including changes to hair, skin, and weight.  Look Good Feel Better, a program that teaches beauty techniques to women, empowering them to combat the appearance related side effects of cancer treatment.   Join us for a night of fun, fashion, and confidence building as we learn beauty techniques and fashion tips. September September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month September 22nd at Noon – Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Education session with Dr. Timothy O’Brien from Stage 1 Diagnostics.   Lunch will be provided.  This event is sponsored by the River Valley Ovarian Cancer Coalition.


October October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 8 at 5:30-“The Genetic Component to Breast Cancer: Are You at Risk, Is the BRCA Test for You?”.  Gina Null, Gina D. Null, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC, AOCNP, Patient Health Navigator, Nurse Practitioner, Mercy Breast Center.  We know more than ever about the genetic links to breast cancer.  The BRCA genetic test detects the breast cancer gene, but are you at greater risk than the general population?  Gina will share the components to the risk and if you are a good candidate for the test. October 28 at 12:00 pm. –“Hospice Care: The Team Concept”.  Peachtree Hospice Team Members.  In preparation of National Hospice Month in November, Peachtree Hospice will share the comprehensive end of life care that hospice provides.  Team members will conduct a role play.  This fun and informative session is a must see!  Lunch Sponsored by Peachtree Hospice. November November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month November 5 at 5:30 pm- “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil” Dr. Junaid Khan, Critical Care/Pulmonology Physician with Mercy-Fort Smith Lung Nodule Clinic.  Dr. Khan is part of the team of physicians establishing the lung nodule clinic in Fort Smith.  Learn about lung cancer screening and ways to detect lung cancer.  We will also celebrate the lives of those who are battling and surviving lung cancer. December December 9 at 12:00pm-“Dealing with the Rollercoaster of Emotions-During and After Cancer Treatment”.  Presented by Charles Saulsbery, Peachtree Hospice.  A flurry of emotions are generated when we hear the word “cancer”.  Dr. Saulsbery will share how to handle those feelings of distress, worry, nervousness, and fear felt during and after cancer treatment.  Lunch sponsored by Peachtree Hospice.   All cancer survivors and caregivers who are registered with the Cancer Support House are welcome to attend.  The series is free but, seating is limited.  Call 479-782-6302 to RSVP or for more information.

Creativity Classes

All skill levels welcome in the following classes!

Pottery: Release some tension and let your creative juices flow as you mold clay in our professional pottery studio. Feel free to use this class to make a special memory with your kids and grandkids. Cheryl Perkins, ovarian cancer survivor, will help you learn all you need to make functional or artistic pieces.

  • Children’s Class: Thursdays 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Adult Class: Thursdays 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m

Scrapbooking: Many survivors find it therapeutic to chronicle their life or survivor story through pictures. Join Cheryl Perkins on Thursdays at 2 p.m. All the tools and materials needed to construct your scrapbook are here waiting for you.

Knitting: Join the “KnitWits” on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. for a morning of sitting and knitting.

Get Fit

These classes are specifically designed for patients in active treatment or post-treatment. All classes are appropriate for beginners and help individuals regain strength, energy, and fitness.

Tai Chi:  Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.  Free to cancer survivors who are registered with the Support House.

Support House fitness classes are provided to cancer patients and caregivers at no cost.  If openings are available, others may also enroll.  Please call the Support House for more information.