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Support Groups

At Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) we know cancer patients often find comfort in the support of others who know what they are experiencing.

Collaborative Cancer Care Support Group

This group program offers support to all of those touched by cancer. No matter your specific disease site or whether you are currently undergoing treatment, a survivor or a caregiver, you are welcome to attend this program. We will have rotating educational topics with breakout support sessions to follow.

Meets the last Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at Miami Valley Hospital South Comprehensive Cancer Center, Room A. Contact Cassi Ballinger, Resource Coordinator at (937) 438-7880.

Cooking and Nutrition Classes

This program, put on by Oncology Dietician Deb Thompson, RD, LD, and Chef Matt Hayden from Scratch Catering, is held in the Comprehensive Cancer Center Conference Room A on the last Thursday of the month in March, May, July and September from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

Contact Cassi Ballinger, Resource Coordinator at (937) 438-7880.

Look Good, Feel Better… for Women

This group program is facilitated by a trained, volunteer cosmetologist who teaches women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss, the most common appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.

Meets quarterly at Miami Valley Hospital South Comprehensive Cancer Center Room B (February, May, August and November). Contact: Bethany McFarland, Patient Navigator with the American Cancer Society at (937) 438-7150.

To receive free self-help materials, call the Look Good…Feel Better toll-free number (800) 395-5665.

Cancer Prevention and Education

On behalf of MVH, Premier Community Health (PCH) offers community health programs focusing on prevention, early detection and disease self-management of four chronic disease areas. One of those areas is cancer. The cancers targeted are breast, colorectal, skin, prostate, and lung.

Breast and Cervical Cancer

Premier Community Health houses the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which is funded by the Ohio Department of Health with a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This program provides free mammograms, Pap testing, and other advanced diagnostic for women who do not have health insurance. Other grants to PCH funded additional free mammograms for uninsured or underinsured women. In 2000 PCH provided 1,368 mammograms, finding 26 cancers, and 891 Pap tests finding four women with cervical cancer or dysplasia.

Colorectal Cancer

To promote early detection, MVH participates in an annual colorectal cancer screening campaign called Test for Life. This program is a collaborative effort of Premier Community Health, Miami Valley Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Atrium Medical Center, WDTN-TV2, the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service, and Vectren.

Test for Life was named a model program by Ohio Partners for Cancer Control and received merit awards from Healthcare Marketing Report and the Aster Awards for Excellence in Healthcare Marketing.

Test for Life distributed free fecal occult blood test kits to more than 14,000 people in 2011.

Skin Cancer

Each May, MVH collaborates with the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology, the American Cancer Society and local hospitals offer free skin screenings at locations throughout the area.

Lung Cancer Prevention and Awareness

Individuals who smoke and are hospitalized at MVH can be referred for one-on-one counseling by respiratory therapists who are certified smoking cessation counselors. Premier Community Health offers the services of a certified smoking cessation counselor free of charge. MVH staff members also sit on the local Smoke Free Task Force.

Learn more about MVH Calendar of Events.

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