The event focused on women’s intimacy after cancer diagnosis scheduled for June 22 is canceled. Plans are to reschedule the event at a later date.
The Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center will host an event next week focused on helping women better navigate intimacy and body image issues following a cancer diagnosis.
The event, which will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, is being held in partnership with Baskets of Care, a Toledo-based nonprofit that supports individuals who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Dr. Mersiha Hadziahmetovic, a radiation oncologist at UTMC, said it is important to recognize the mental and physical challenges that come with cancer treatment.
“As many gains as we have made in treating cancer over the past few decades, the actual treatment with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation can have extensive and enduring psychological, physical and social impacts on people that can affect their quality of life,” Hadziahmetovic said. “We want to validate that experience and provide an opportunity to discuss those feelings in a relaxed and safe environment.”
The event is open to women who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer. Attendees can be in treatment or have completed their treatment regimens.
Registration is required by calling 419.383.5243.
UTMC oncologist Dr. Danae Hamouda and Tina Kerr, a registered nurse, breast cancer survivor and advocate on survivor sexuality, will join Hadziahmetovic as featured speakers.
In spite of the personal nature of the discussion, Hadziahmetovic said it can be beneficial to see others who are going through the same thing.
“It can be very isolating. When you see other women who have the same thoughts and concerns and feelings, you’re validated,” she said. “That’s part of healing, having a tribe so to speak.”
Attendees will have the option of submitting questions anonymously.