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Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Breast Cancer Support Group

November 23, 2011

Middletown, NY- The Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center at Orange Regional Medical Center offers a free breast cancer support group for people newly diagnosed with breast cancer or in active treatment for the disease. The support group provides numerous benefits such as encouragement throughout the healing journey; mechanisms to improve coping skills; opportunities to speak openly and honestly about the disease and its effects; a decrease in stress and depression; a better understanding of what to expect and learning about new medical research, doctors and resources and more. The group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Orange Regional’s Community Health Education Center located at 110 Crystal Run Road, Middletown, NY.

“Knowing the emotional roller coaster breast cancer patients ride, our support group is a valuable and helpful resource no matter what stage a patient is experiencing,” says Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center Manager, Penny Lynch. “Offering this service rounds out the continuum of care we offer at the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center.”

The support group is facilitated by Michele Worden, Breast Center Navigator and breast cancer survivor, as well as Licensed Clinical Social Worker and breast cancer survivor, Lynnea Dickson. Group participants will be introduced to various topics such as treatment options, post-operative care, the effects and benefits of radiation and chemotherapy and the psychological challenges individuals’ experience. Additional topics include newly diagnosed breast cancer, surgery, post-operative care, radiation, chemotherapy and the psychological effects patients and their family face. The group will also feature guest speakers as well as provide educational materials.

For more information about the Breast Cancer Support Group or to learn more about the services offered at the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center call 1-888-321-6762 or visit www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

The Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center

Located at the Orange Regional Medical Center Pavilion, the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center is designed with the convenience of patients in mind. The Center provides a comprehensive breast care program with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and services, together with clinicians who are experts in their field – centralized in one convenient location.

The Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center is designated by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and is fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. Additionally, the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center has been granted a prestigious three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. The Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center is the only National Quality Measures for Breast Centers (NQMBC) Certified Participant in Orange County and only one of seven in New York State. This distinguished honor represents a commitment to provide the highest quality breast healthcare to patients in the community. The NQMBC program identifies quality care measures, provides immediate access to information and allows breast centers to compare their performance with other centers across the United States.

Women, age 40 and over, should have a screening mammogram every year, according to the American Cancer Society. Early detection of breast cancer is vital in the successful treatment of breast cancer.

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