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SPOHNC - Relish: A Cancer Survivor Support Group
The key to success is often the ability to adapt. — Anonymous
What is SPOHNC - Relish?
The support group was founded in 2010 as Relish and was reorganized as the St. Paul Chapter of Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC) in 2013. It is a support group for people returning to eating after cancer treatments. It allows them to share their challenges and successes with others.
Who should join?
Any cancer survivor who struggles with swallowing or eating issues is welcome to join SPOHNC - Relish. Spouses or significant others are welcome, too.
Typical patients have had cancers of the head or neck and a feeding tube. They’ve had to stop eating or change eating habits because of radiation, chemotherapy or surgery.
After treatments, they often find it difficult to return to eating again, either because of diminished taste, feelings of fullness or swallowing difficulty.
When & where does it meet?
SPOHNC - Relish meets the third Wednesday of each month from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Meetings are held in the Oncology Conference Room (C1356) located within the Cancer Care Center on the first floor of Regions Hospital
Parking vouchers will be given out. Free parking is available in the surface lot. There is no fee to attend.
A Regions speech language pathologist and a registered dietitian facilitate the SPOHNC - Relish meetings. They give presentations on a number of topics: how surgical and radiation treatments change the body, normal and abnormal swallowing, ways to modify diets and the importance of good nutrition.
Participants will discuss their challenges and their progress will be measured. Strategies for improving impaired taste and sensation will be discussed.
SPOHNC - Relish is sponsored by the Cancer Care Center and the Rehabilitation Institute of Regions Hospital.
Regions Hospital is a full-service hospital certified as a Level I Trauma Center serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin for more than 130 years.
Regions Hospital Cancer Care Center
The Cancer Care Center provides the latest in medical care as well as support groups and classes, therapeutic techniques, post-treatment care and one of the largest cancer resource libraries in the state.
For more information
Evan Page, MA/CCC-SLP
Carrie Abrams, RD, LD
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