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The Pancreas Center will be holding their annual Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day this year on Saturday, November 8th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center.

“Awareness” is the appropriate name for this day. Yet, after attending several of these, a better title would be the annual Pancreatic Cancer “Hope” Day.

It’s undeniable that pancreatic cancer is a difficult disease. Yet in spite of this, the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day generates the utmost levels of positive energy, support and hope. Attendees learn about new advances in pancreatic care from clinicians. Survivors share their experiences and gratitude to Dr. John Chabot and the Pancreas Center team for their second leases on life. It would be difficult to leave this celebration unmoved.

Jonas Salk the inventor of the polio vaccine, once said, “Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.” This quote personifies the mission of the Pancreas Center and its team.

To register for this year’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day visit the registration page.

After the lectures and testimonials, there will be a vendor health fair, refreshments and an opportunity to speak with Pancreas Center clinicians in the Riverview Terrace.

If you need more information about the event contact Christine Rein at 212-304-7814 or through email at cmr2146@cumc.columbia.edu.

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More Than Just A Diagnosis: Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

Dr. John Chabot & the Pancreas Center Team

Dr. John Chabot & the Pancreas Center Team


 

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In unknown situations, we as humans seek support from others. Family and friends try to help, but we need to be with people who are in the same position. This is infinitely true with a disease like pancreatic cancer. Upon learning that one has this diagnosis, there is confusion, fear, anger and questions.

Although most doctors try to explain and console the newly diagnosed patient, the time in the doctor’s office is limited. Nurse Practitioner Marie Carmel Garcon noticed that for many, more consultation was needed. Additionally, doctors may know about the medical end of pancreatic cancer, but they don’t know how to help a patient who cannot work and may be having financial difficulty because of that. Dealing with emotions and providing support and information is the main purpose behind the creation of The Pancreas Center’s Pancreatic Cancer Support Group.

From l to r: Marie Garcon & Geri Lipschitz

Marie Carmel Garcon & Geri Lipschitz

The Pancreatic Cancer Support Group meetings usually consist of a guest speaker discussing topics such as nutrition, exercise, clinical trials, psychiatric care, genetics and new treatment options. The second half of the meeting is free form where participants can discuss whatever is on their minds. Attendees may ask Marie Carmel medical questions or speak with social worker Geri Lipschitz about psycho-social issues. Many times the patients will converse with each other outside of the group sharing email addresses and phone numbers.

The Pancreatic Support Group like The Pancreas Center strives to provide a positive and affirmative environment to the patients and their families. Both Marie Carmel and Geri say that hope is key in dealing with pancreatic cancer and groups like this help. The participants who attend after all, are more than just a diagnosis.

 The Pancreatic Cancer Support group is open to the public. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

 The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the Herbert Irving Pavilion located on the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center campus in Washington Heights.

For more information visit the Pancreatic Cancer Support Group web page or call Gladys Rodriguez at 212-305-0592.

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