KTTU "In Focus", Sunday, 11/1/09, 10:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Patricia Harmon, President and CEO, Sunstone Cancer Support Centers. Touch therapies, movement classes and support services have shown to have a positive impact on cancer survivors and their families.

 Harmon says if you are a newly diagnosed cancer survivor, a long-term cancer survivor or a family member, friend or loved one, a range of integrative therapies is available to help survivors manage and cope with cancer. She says cancer support groups provide a setting in which cancer patients can talk about living with cancer with others who may be having similar experiences.
 Harmon says support groups, and patient-to-patient networks can help cancer patients feel less isolated and distressed, and improve the quality of their lives. She says cancer support groups have been linked to improvements in confidence, wellbeing, stress, and interpersonal comfort. She says research is underway aimed at determining the impact of support group participation on patients who have had a positive, favorable course of treatment.
Harmon says Sunstone serves over 700 survivors each month at its resource centers. She says because cancer treatment can present significant economic burdens, Sunstone makes every effort to keep its programs at little or no cost to survivors and their families. She says Sunstone’s primary funding source is the generosity of the community. She says over 90% of Sunstone’s budget is from individual donations.