2017 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.

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 info@reynoldscancersupporthouse.org

2017 Events and Education Calendar will be published soon!

February

Wednesday, February 15, 11:30 a.m.
Nutrition & Cancer Series: Nutrition for the Head & Neck Cancer Patient.
Presented by Ryan Ellison, RD, LD, Sparks Nutrition Counseling Center.  

Tuesday, February 21, 12:00 p.m.
Caring for the Caregiver: Family, Friends, and Co-Survivors. Presented by Dr. Charles Saulsbery, Peachtree Hospice. Cancer is complex and overwhelming. It changes lives, relationships, goals and priorities for not just the patients but also for those who live and care for them. Learn more about how to recognize the changes that take place with caregiving and how to manage the change, stress, and burden of caring for loved one with cancer or other chronic disease. Refreshments provided by Peachtree Hospice.

Wednesday, February 22, 10 a.m.-4p.m.
Mercy Mobile Mammography Van on site at DWRCSH.
Call (479) 314-7855 to schedule your appointment. Resources for the uninsured available through Arkansas BreastCare, call (479) 314-7855 for more information.

March
Tuesday, March 7, 12:00 p.m.
Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable Care. Navigating the Public Benefit Maze. Presented by the Area Agency on Aging of Western Arkansas. Major illnesses such as cancer can bring tremendous financial burden to individuals. This session will discuss what each of these programs is, what they cover, how to qualify, and how to access the benefits they provide. Lunch provided by Panera Bakery-Café.

Wednesday, March 15, 11:30 a.m.
Nutrition & Cancer Series: Colorectal Cancer & Nutrition.
Presented by Ryan Ellison, RD, LD, Sparks Nutrition Counseling Center.

April

Wednesday, April 19, 11:30 a.m.
Nutrition & Cancer Series: Debunking Cancer-Related Myths.
Presented by Ryan Ellison, RD, LD, Sparks Nutrition Counseling Center.

Thursdays, April 20-May 25, 5:30p.m.- 6:30p.m.
Cooking Matters:  Healthy, Affordable, and Delicious.
Presented by UAMS Institute on Aging.    A class that helps families and individuals plan, shop, and cook meals on a budget.  The class will include cooking demonstrations and meals at each session.  Seating is limited.  Please call 479.782.6302 for reservations.

 

May
Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Monday, May 1-Melanoma Monday.
Presented by Dr. Sandy Johnson, Johnson Dermatology
FREE Skin Cancer Screenings by appointment-8:00am-11:45am and 1;00-2:15pm
“The Skinny on Skin Cancer and other Skintastic Issues”, 12:00 pm. Update on skin cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Question and Answer period on all Skin Issues. Lunch provided by Johnson Dermatology.

Thursday, May 5, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
FREE Skin Cancer Screenings by appointment.
Presented by Dr. Garrett Nelson, Johnson Dermatology

Wednesday, May 17, 11:30 a.m.
Nutrition & Cancer Series: Reach a Healthy Weight to Lead a Healthy Life.
Presented by Ryan Ellison, RD, LD, Sparks Nutrition Counseling Center.

Thursdays, April 20-May 25, 5:30p.m.- 6:30p.m.
Cooking Matters:  Healthy, Affordable, and Delicious.
Presented by UAMS Institute on Aging.    A class that helps families and individuals plan, shop, and cook meals on a budget.  The class will include cooking demonstrations and meals at each session.  Seating is limited.  Please call 479.782.6302 for reservations.

 

June
National Cancer Survivor’s Day-Friday
Saturday, June 3, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
National Cancer Survivor’s Day Celebration at Parrot Island Waterpark. Free admission to evening waterpark session especially for cancer survivors and their families.

Thursday, June 15, 12:00 p.m.
Balancing Diabetes with Cancer. Presented by Jenna Siebenmorgen, MS, RD, LD, Outpatient Dietician, Mercy-Fort Smith. Diabetes can be difficult disease to manage by itself. Having another disease such as cancer can make it even more difficult to manage. Learn more about how cancer treatment affects diabetics and practical ways to manage the two together. Refreshments provided by Mercy.

Wednesday, June 21, 11:30 a.m.
Nutrition & Cancer: Artificial Sweeteners.
Presented by Ryan Ellison, RD, LD, Sparks Nutrition Counseling Center.

 Wednesday, July 19th, 11:30 a.m.
Nutrition & Cancer Series: Debunking Cancer Related Myths Sugar, Soy, Artificial Sweeteners…Do They Cause Cancer?
Presented by Ryan Ellison, RD, LD, Sparks Nutrition Counseling Center

 

Wednesdays August 31-October 4, 12:00 p.m.

Cooking Matters. Presented by UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging.

Learn how to cook nutritious and delicious food for your family on a budget. Each class includes a cooking demonstration and prepared meal. Seating is limited.  Call to RSVP.

October
Wednesday, October 25, 12:00 p.m.
Latest Technology for Breast & Lung Cancer Screening. Presented by the Spark’s Women’s Center.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Detecting cancer early can increase the chances of successful treatment. Come learn the latest in screening technologies and way to detect both breast and lung cancer at early stages. Lunch provided by Panera Bakery-Café.

November
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
Shine A Light on Lung Cancer.
Visit the Cancer Support House anytime during regular business hours in November to Shine A Light on lung cancer.
November is National Hospice Month.
Wednesday, November 1, 12:00 p.m.
Ways to Make Sure Your Doctor Treats You Right. Presented by Peachtree Hospice. A unique vantage point to make sure our physician is asking us, the patient, 5 key questions in order to treat our condition better. Understanding a patients and families goals really are – what are you fighting for? Too often, a crisis is when we have this conversation and that can be too late. This is not just about the last weeks or months of life, but about life in general or your last decade! This is the conversation that has to become the “norm” in our society now. Refreshments provided by Peachtree Hospice.

Non Traditional Support Groups

All skill levels welcome in the following classes!

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

Get Fit
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.  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 9 a.m. (Beginners)  10 a.m. (Advanced) Free to cancer survivors who are registered with the Support House.

Ageless Grace meets Thursdays at 2 p.m.  A simple, playful exercise offered in partnership with UAMS Center for Aging, based on the science of neuroplasticity that used all five areas of the brain and addresses all 21 aging factors in the body.