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Banner Thunderbird continues free “I Can Cope” series


GLENDALE, Ariz. (Aug. 21, 2013) – Banner Thunderbird Medical Center will continue its “I Can Cope” series from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23. The free community lecture “Learning about Cancer and Understanding Treatment” will be presented by Dr. Clarence Sarkodee-Adoo, a medical oncologist, and Dr. Kurt Wharton, a radiation oncologist.

“I Can Cope” is presented at the nonprofit hospital in partnership with the American Cancer Society. The program will provide education about cancer, treatment and coping skills for people with cancer and those who love and care for them. Oncology social worker Kelly Gruber said often times, patients and the community are in need of more information about cancer after receiving a new diagnosis.

“The purpose of ‘I Can Cope’ is to enhance the participants’ knowledge and empower them to cope effectively with the challenges that living with cancer can bring,” Gruber said.

Living with cancer can affect the way patients and family members look at life and relate to each other. Cancer shouldn’t pull families apart when they most need to draw together. “I Can Cope” will work to reduce the level of fear through discussions and tips presented by health care providers.

Topics may include:
• The facts about cancer and how it affects your life
• Answers to questions about diagnosis and treatment options
• Suggestions to break through the anger and denial

The event will be in Conference Room 3A, located on the third floor of the A tower of the main hospital at 5555 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Kelly Gruber at (602) 865-5450.

About Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Ariz., specializes in heart care, surgical services, obstetrics and gynecology, Emergency care, behavioral health, cancer care and pediatrics including the West Valley’s only pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric Emergency department and Level III neonatal intensive care unit. The hospital is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health system with 24 hospitals in seven states. For more information, please visit

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