Survivors of prostate cancer often struggle to regain their quality of life. Intimacy can be a significant obstacle.
Join us for the Loving and Living with Prostate Cancer relationship and intimacy series at the Absenger Cancer Education Foundation that starts on Thursday, February 19, 2015 (6-8pm). Click here to download the full workshop flyer.
Loving and Living with Prostate Cancer Background
Survivors of prostate cancer often struggle to regain their former quality of life. Intimacy and sexual connection with a partner can be a significant obstacle.
Laurel Northouse at U of M’s Comprehensive Cancer Center calls prostate cancer a “couples disease” with 33%-98% of survivors reporting some sexual dysfunction during and after treatment (Fawcett, 2007).
- The Loving and Living with Prostate Cancer series incorporates evidence-based stress management modalities
- These include guided imagery, conscious breathing, mindfulness meditation, and movement exercises
- Targeted education around themes of intimacy and sexuality is incorporated as well
How Do You Benefit?
- This program is an introduction to how an integrative approach can support individual health and relationship satisfaction
- Studies have shown that extended programs using similar techniques and involving both partners may reduce
negative mood and couples’ distress
- Increase positive sexual adjustment and coping skills
- Improve couples’ supportive communication
- A supportive group setting can help couples rediscover loving ground
Please join Alexzandria Baker, M.Sc, Ph.D.(c), Relationship Coach and Clinical Sexologist, to explore the world of relationships, intimacy, and holistic sexual wellness.
Session One: Men Only
(limited to 10 participants):
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 6-8pm
Men who have undergone or are undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.
Session Two: Partners Only
(limited to 10 participants):
Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6-8pm
This session is only for partners of those men who were attending Session One.
Session Three: All (couples session)
(the entire group):
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6-8pm
Session three is for attendees of sessions 1 & 2.
Discover what this support might look like for you and your partner as you adjust to changes during and after cancer treatment. Prostate cancer survivors and their partners, respectively, should agree to attend all three sessions.
Where is Loving and Living with Prostate Cancer Taking Place?
This program is facilitated by Alexzandria Baker, M.Sc., Ph.D.(c) via secure video conference from Athens, Georgia. You are going to be at the Absenger Cancer Education Foundation right here in Spring Lake, Michigan:
17212 Van Wagoner Road | STE A
Spring Lake, MI 49456
There are a few promising studies indicating that video conferencing is a practical and efficient means of delivering group support. One study examined an 8-session, 4-week telemedicine group for 18 subjects with alcohol use disorders. The participants showed good attendance and attrition that was comparable to that expected with conventional in-person treatment.
Participants found the treatment highly credible and reported high levels of satisfaction with the video conferencing intervention. Research participants, 82% of them, would recommend the program to a friend or family member. This study concluded that using video conferencing for service delivery to this population can be done and is accepted by participants (Frueh et al., 2005).
Group support delivery via video conference, contrary to some initial fears, is not reported to feel cold or impersonal. In fact, University of Nebraska Medical Center staff says, “It is as though they are in his office.” (Krupa, 2010).
- $30 for Members (covers all three sessions)
- $60 Nonmembers (covers all three sessions)
Space is Limited. Registration is Required.
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Mission Statement | Focus One | Integration
We will offer instructions in mind-body medicine modalities, right here in Spring Lake, Michigan, for which there is quality scientific evidence. Cancer survivors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals will be empowered to integrate mind-body medicine modalities safely into cancer survivorship.
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Fawcett, N. (2007). Caregivers benefit from cancer support programs, U-M study finds: Intervention improved physical, emotional quality of life for spouses. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.med.umich.edu/news/hm_cancerdistress.shtml
Frueh, B. C., Henderson, S., & Myrick, H. (2005). Telehealth service delivery for persons with alcoholism. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 11(7), 372–375. doi:10.1258/135763305774472060
Krupa, C. (2010, November 22). Reaching the remote: Telemedicine gains ground. Retrieved from amednews.com web site at http://www.amednews.com/article/20101122/profession/311229933/4/