November 02, 2006 09:59 ET



Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor TORONTO/ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 2, 2006) - The Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre (TSRCC), the comprehensive cancer program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Wellspring are pleased to co-host a free public lecture on the Body Mind Spirit Connection in Cancer with Dr. Rob Rutledge, Radiation Oncologist, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Cancer Centre on Thursday, November 2.

Dr. Rutledge believes by living in a positive and fulfilling way we can have a profound influence on our health and well-being, a belief that completely aligns with the basis of the TSRCC's partnership with Wellspring.

Wellspring is a support centre for cancer patients and their family members and is fully supported by the TSRCC. Its aim is to provide supportive care and coping skills programs to meet the emotional, psychological, informational and spiritual needs of the patient and family.

"Having to face your own mortality in a real way is a transformative moment. As health care professionals we also need to be really aware of a patient's social and emotional needs," says Dr. Margaret Fitch, Head of Oncology Nursing and Supportive Care at Sunnybrook. "We're looking now more than ever, at the full range of a cancer patient's needs - looking at a patient as a whole person."

The idea of "looking at the whole person" is also an important cancer research area at Sunnybrook. The Psychosocial & Behavioural Research Unit (PBRU) conduct psychosocial, behavioural and supportive care research. This unit focuses on narrative and arts-based methods, quality of life assessment, health services utilization and evaluation, development and testing of psychosocial and educational interventions, study of strategies to disseminate information, and qualitative descriptions of patients' experiences. The PBRU is unique in that it concentrates on areas of research vital to the education and well-being of patients with cancer, but which are often neglected.

WHAT: Free Public Lecture on the Body-Mind-Spirit Connection in Cancer Care

WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 2006
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre (east doors)
Jenkin Auditorium (basement level, room T-021)
2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto ON

About Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is transforming healthcare through the dedication of its 10,000 staff members, physicians and volunteers. An internationally recognized leader in research and education and full affiliation with the University of Toronto, distinguishes Sunnybrook as one of Canada's premier health sciences centres. Sunnybrook specializes in caring for newborns, adults and the elderly, treating and preventing cancer, heart problems, orthopaedic and arthritic conditions and traumatic injuries.

Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre (TSRCC) at Sunnybrook is one of North America's largest and leading comprehensive cancer centres and offers a full range of outpatient and inpatient treatment and supportive care programs. TSRCC is a Cancer Care Ontario partner and is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

About Wellspring
Wellspring is a network of centres that provide psychological, emotional and informational support, at no charge, to individuals and families living with cancer. Centres offer a variety of programs, including individual and group support, coping skills sessions and other services that provide the tools that people need to deal with cancer effectively and with dignity.
Wellspring centres across southern Ontario register over 30,000 visits and calls by men, women and children living with cancer each year. Founded in 1992, the network has grown tremendously in response to community needs, having expanded from one centre to five. Wellspring offers services to people living in the regions of Greater Toronto, Halton, Peel, Niagara and London, with expansion outside of Ontario planned for later in 2006.
For more information, please visit or telephone 416-961-1928

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