Long Beach Memorial to Provide Women With a Coping Map for Their Cancer Treatment Journey


On Saturday, July 23, the MemorialCare Breast Center at Long Beach Memorial is sponsoring a wellness retreat at their campus for women with breast, ovarian and gynecologic cancers. The retreat, presented by the Women Guiding Women: Cancer Support and Education program at the Breast Center, will feature presentations by leading physicians from the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute (TCI) at Long Beach Memorial and other neighboring hospitals.

Topics discussed will cover cancer survival skills and physical and psychosocial cancer care. The goal of the retreat is to provide women with the support that goes beyond medical treatment and to introduce women to other survivors and the resources available at the Breast Center.

Psychiatrist and medical director of the psychosocial oncology program at TCI, Mariusz Wirga, M.D., will kick-off the retreat by explaining the science behind the health value of humor, laughter and play. The psychosocial programs at TCI help patients improve their quality of life by re-framing their way of thinking and helps patients with the physical and emotional aspects of cancer. The psychosocial team brings a sense of familiarity and bond between patients and the health care team and ensures that patients and their families receive support, encouragement and access to community resources.

“Taking care of the emotional aspects and the stress of cancer not only improves an individual’s quality of life, but is important to survival. Everyone does their best to cope with cancer, but there is always room for joy and laughter which is a significant part of the healing process,” states Dr. Wirga.

Additionally, Homayoon Sanati, M.D., Medical Director, MemorialCare Breast Center will be presenting updates from the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting.