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.
2014 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 email@example.com . Some sessions available online.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
On Monday, May 5th 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!
Thanks to our sponsors Johnson Dermatology and the Arkansas Cancer Coalition, this skin cancer prevention awareness campaign will reach 5,000 area kids and their families through the Fort Smith Public Library, Creekmore Park Pool and several community health fairs.
Mark your calendar and JOIN US for the Sun SMART skin cancer awareness kick off event on May 5th. To make an appointment for FREE skin cancer screening or a reservation for the education session, call (479) 782-6302.
June 5th at 5:30 P.M. – “Finishing Strong: Defining Your Legacy” Dr. Charles Saulsbury, Director of Pastoral Communications and Social Work from Peachtree will offer motivation and information to create your legacy now and not later – for your family, community and maybe even the world. There’s always time to take action to define your legacy. Light dinner sponsored by Peachtree Hospice.
June 19th at 5:30 P.M. – “Individualized Cancer Treatment – Targeted Therapies” – Learn about new testing, new drugs and new hope from Dr. Narender Gorukanti, Cooper Clinic Oncology. Dr. Gorukanti will discuss the changing approach in treating cancer. Applications include Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer, Melanoma, Colorectal Cancers and more. Refreshments sponsored by Cooper Clinic.
July 17th at 5:30 P.M.“Engaging Palliative Care During Treatment”- Dr. Isam Abdel-Karim, Cooper Clinic Oncology, discusses the role and benefits of engaging palliative and supportive care during the treatment of advanced stage cancer. Refreshments sponsored by Cooper Clinic.
August 19th at 12:00 P.M. – “Dangerous & Deadly” -Michael 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.
September 11th at 5:30 P.M. – “Survivorship 101” Connie Ward, a fellow cancer survivor and APN at Mercy Oncology, will discuss long term survivorship, follow-up care, delayed effects of treatment and more to enhance the length and quality of life after cancer. Sponsored by Mercy Medical Center.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 2nd at 5:30 P.M. – “Breast Cancer Risk Factors: Facts or Myths” presented by Aida Jones, APN, Sparks Oncology.Aida will discuss the most common misconceptions and facts about breast cancer to help you protect yourself and your family. Sponsored by Sparks Oncology.
November is National Hospice Month
November 6th at 12:00 P.M. – “The 10 Myths & Misconceptions of Hospice Care” Change your perception of hospice care. presented by Dr. Ford Barnes, Oncologist and Medical Director for Peachtree Hospice. Lunch provided by Peachtree Hospice.
November 13th at 5:30 P.M. –“Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil” Come show your support for area lung cancer fighters and survivors at this beautiful candle light vigil.
Guest Speaker Dr. Isam Abdel-Karim, Cooper Clinic Oncology will share hopeful developments in diagnosis and treatment.
December 2nd at 12:00 P.M. – “A Decembered Grief” by Dr. Charles Saulsbury, Peachtree Hospice. Understanding and coping with grief. Lunch Provided by Peachtree Hospice.
A Nutrition and Cancer Series will be presented by Jessica Igrens, MS, RD, LD. Jessica specializes in oncology nutrition and will be joined by Sparks Executive Chef, Brian Huff.
- May 21st – “Fight Cancer With a Fork”
- June 18th – “Nutrition During Treatment”
- July 16th - “Super Foods”
- August 20th - “Herbs and Supplements”
- September 17th – “Nutrition’s Influence on Prostate Cancer”
- October 15th – “Nutrition to Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence”
- November 19th – “Holiday Foods that Fight Cancer”
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.
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.
- Yoga: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.
- Tai Chi: Call for details
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.