The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura Presents "Frankly Speaking About Colorectal Cancer" Dec. 19

Chatsworth, CA, November 18, 2009 --( The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura will host a free workshop for people affected by cancer entitled: Frankly Speaking About Colorectal Cancer with Heinz-Josef Lenz, MD, FACP. The program will explore colorectal cancer treatment, side-effect management and psychosocial aspects of the illness. This free workshop takes place on Saturday, December 19, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation, 9410 Owensmouth Ave, Chatsworth. Advance registration is preferred, but walk-in attendees are welcome. Registration begins at 8:30am. To register, please call (805) 379-4777.

“People living with cancer and their loved ones want to know about the most recent advances in cancer research so that they can identify their best treatment options,” said Marty Nason, RN, MN, vice president of programs and services at The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura. “By taking an active role in their treatment decisions, people with cancer can improve their quality of life and may also enhance their possibility of recovery.”

Dr. Lenz is Professor of Medicine and Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology at Keck School of Medicine at USC. He is Co-director of both the Colorectal Center and the GI Oncology Program at USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles. Frankly Speaking About Colorectal Cancer is part of the Frankly Speaking About Cancer series, a collection of cancer-related programs created by The Wellness Community. Frankly Speaking About Colorectal Cancer was created in partnership with the Colorectal Cancer Coalition and is made possible through a charitable contribution from AstraZeneca.

Founded in 1982, The Wellness Community is an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. In July 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the largest provider of cancer support worldwide. The combined organization is comprised of nearly 50 local affiliates, 12 affiliates in development and over 100 satellite locations. By offering professionally-led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and stress-reduction classes, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club continue to provide support, education and hope to all people affected by cancer.

As a local chapter, The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura serves over 3,000 community members affected by cancer each year with programs in the San Fernando Valley and throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Programs are offered in English and Spanish. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please visit or call 805-379-4777. Give hope to a child affected by cancer: Text COMMUNITY to 90999 to donate $5 to programs for children. Standard text messaging rates apply. For full terms visit

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