SECU comprehensive cancer center offers support group for caregivers

(Photo: National Cancer Institue via MGN)

NEW BERN, Craven County - The SECU Comprehensive Cancer Center at CarolinaEast Medical Center is offering a support group for caregivers of those affected by cancer.

Being held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, the care center will play host to caregivers as well as patients as they come together from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the CarolinaEast Rehabilitation Hospital conference room at the Medical Center.

The group will offer support and resources for people caring for a loved one with cancer and will be led by Dr. Malinda Breda, Oncology Clinical Psychologist.

"Along with many new cancer care capabilities, clinical trials and improved technologies, we are striving to bring further support resources to those affected by cancer in our region," Dr. Breda said.

According to the National Cancer Institute/Centers for Disease Control, four of the top 10 counties with the highest annual incidence rates for cancer in North Carolina directly border Craven County. Roughly, 2,500 residents in Craven, Jones, Pamlico, Carteret, Onslow, Lenoir and Beaufort counties are newly diagnosed with cancer every year. Nearly 1000 people die every year.

"While we already have several in place for our patients, our hope is this group will give caregivers a chance to share their experiences, reduce stress, improve communication and more," Dr. Breda said.

CarolinaEast is also building and developing a new cancer center on the Neuse Boulevard campus with the hopes of bringing many cancer services together under one roof. Construction is expected to be complete in 2019. This collaboration with CarolinaEast Medical Center and UNC Cancer Care will bring cancer care capabilities to the east that were previously only available in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

Registration is required. For more information, you can contact the Cancer Center at 252-633-8730.

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