Cancer researchers offer free classes starting in October

Linda Larkey Ph.D teaches one of the ASU College of Nursing’s recent Recovery & Rejuvenation Study classes, which will be offered in October at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. Enrollment is now open, and will remain open until Sept. 21. [Submitted photo]

A series of classes focusing on breast cancer survivors and funded by the National Institutes of Health will take place Friday, Oct. 5 in the Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, 14502 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West.

Classes describe the potential benefits to be improved mental clarity, improved feelings of well-being and support opportunities that come from sharing a class with other breast cancer survivors. The goal is to discover if one approach is better than the others. To express an appreciation for the time that women give to participate in the study and support our research, the class provide up to $70 in gift cards for women who complete the study classes and data collections.

Classes run every Friday for eight weeks and end Friday, Nov. 30 (Classes skip the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov 23). The three different classes run back-to-back-to-back in the morning, starting at 9, 10:15, and 11:30. Because this is research, women who are eligible to join the study are randomly assigned to one of the three classes.

In three series’ of free classes, each series of classes is one hour per week. Two of the three series of classes involve survivors in different forms of gentle movement; in the third, classes take an educational approach.

The three eligibility requirements for referral to the study are:

• Stage 0 to Stage III breast cancer survivor.

• Between 45 and 75 years of age.

• At least 6 months, up to 10 years, past primary treatment.

Staff members are available to attend any club meeting or organization event and will describe more about the study and answer questions. Or, interested women are encouraged to call 602- 496-2329 or email at to learn more about enrolling in the study.

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