MidMichigan Health Selected to Bring Survivorship Series to Local Women
MidMichigan Health is one of fifteen centers across the country to be selected to host a Survivorship Series for young women affected by breast cancer. The series is a partnership with Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a national breast cancer nonprofit organization that provides trusted information and a community of support.
Jessica Fodrocy, R.N., B.S.N., C.B.C.N., C.N.-B.N.
Breast Health Nurse Navigator
Jessica Fodrocy, R.N., B.S.N., C.B.C.N., C.N.-B.N., breast health nurse navigator, MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, was one of the fifteen to complete the training so she could bring the program to women in mid-Michigan. “I’m excited to share this program with young women affect by breast cancer,” said Fodrocy. “This is a great program to openly discuss unique needs and questions they may have after a breast cancer diagnosis.”
The Breast Cancer’s Survivorship Series for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer is a four-part education series that provides tailored education to women diagnosed before the age of 50. The series provides answers and resources on some of the most common concerns for young women such as sex and intimacy, early menopause, the long-term effects of treatment and self-care after breast cancer.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s national needs assessment of young women diagnosed with breast cancer showed that young women’s survivorship needs were not being adequately addressed and that young women wanted more information and support on specific survivorship issues. Living Beyond Breast Cancer developed the Survivorship Series to address the identified need for more survivorship patient education, while enhancing the skills of the oncology nurses to address the needs of their young patients.
Melissa Hoag, R.N., O.C.N., C.N.-B.N.
Breast Nurse Navigator
The first program is Tuesday, April 30 at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland and will address coping with early menopause. Additional sessions will follow every two weeks. The program is also available at MidMichigan Medical Center – Mt. Pleasant, via video conferencing and is hosted by Melissa Hoag, R.N., O.C.N., C.N.-B.N., breast nurse navigator, MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot.
The series is free to women, but registration is requested at www.midmichigan.org/breastcancerseries. Those interested in more information may call Fodrocy at (989) 839-9045 in Midland or Hoag at (989) 466-3351 in Mt. Pleasant.