Cancer Survivorship: A Free Virtual Education Series on Physical and Emotional Wellbeing

May 20, 2022

Cancer Survivorship: A Free Virtual Education Series on Physical and Emotional Wellbeing
Cancer Survivorship: A Free Virtual Education Series on Physical and Emotional Wellbeing
Hosted by Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Crossroads4Hope and Astera Cancer Care
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., May 20, 2022 – A cancer diagnosis brings a flurry of things to think about—treatment options, daily schedules, finances, and future plans. Maintaining physical and emotional wellbeing can be difficult following a diagnosis. People undergoing treatment may experience a decrease in physical strength and an increase in mental fogginess. A cancer diagnosis can be hard for spouses, caregivers and family members as they adjust to new circumstances as well.
To help people who may be struggling with a cancer diagnosis, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Crossroads4Hope: A Network of Cancer Support and Astera Cancer Care present “Cancer Survivorship: A Virtual Education Series,” a four-part virtual series to be held in June. In this free virtual education series, healthcare professionals from Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Crossroads4Hope and Astera Cancer Care will share information on how to restore physical and emotional strength, get proper nutrition after a cancer diagnosis and maintain intimacy.
This series will be presented via Zoom over four weeks on Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in June. We welcome you to attend any or all the sessions.

To register for these free sessions, please visit:

Wednesday, June 1, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Restoring Strength, Mobility & Endurance
Decreased strength, balance, endurance and general functioning, as well as mental fogginess, can often be side effects of active cancer treatment. Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy can be important to a survivor returning to "normal life." This presentation will help to identify and improve these factors so that the survivor can start to feel like a whole person again. This session will be presented by Saint Peter’s University Hospital healthcare professionals Bonnie Saunders, PT, MPA, DPT, manager, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine; Kaitlyn Rau, OTR/L, occupational therapist; and Leslie Kobilis, MC, CCC-SLP, speech language pathologist.

Wednesday, June 8, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Eating Healthy After Cancer
Good nutrition after a cancer diagnosis can help you with strength and energy. This one-hour session will discuss healthy eating behaviors with a focus on foods to help you thrive and foods to limit after your diagnosis. Kelly Martin, RDN, CSO, dietitian-nutritionist at Saint Peter’s University Hospital will be presenting.

Wednesday, June 15, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Our Emotional Wellbeing in the Face of Cancer
A cancer diagnosis can have a significant emotional impact on an individual, even after finishing treatment. This one-hour session will discuss the coping tools needed for emotional wellbeing.

This program will be presented by Katherine Schaible, LSW, senior director, Program & Impact at Crossroads4Hope.

Wednesday, June 22, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Intimacy After Cancer and Guidelines for Maintenance
This one-hour session will discuss how to manage and improve intimacy side effects following a cancer diagnosis. This session will also cover long-term screening guidelines, prevention monitoring and other questions/concerns that may arise following a diagnosis. Valerie Shander, FNP, AOCNP, family nurse practitioner at Astera Cancer Care, and Ann Hays, PT, physical therapist at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, will be presenting.

If you have any questions about the virtual education series, please contact Katherine Schaible, LSW, senior director of Program & Impact, Crossroads4Hope, at Please allow up to 48 hours for a response.
About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s, which received its sixth consecutive designation as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020, is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology, head and neck surgery, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. Saint Peter’s is the recipient of the Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for the adult intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit, cardiac progressive care unit and the pediatric intensive care unit. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a nationally recognized Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction. The hospital offers a midwifery service and the brand-new state-of-the-art Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit or call 732-745-8600.

About Crossroads4Hope
Crossroads4Hope, A Network of Cancer Support is a registered 501(c)(3) organization based in Bedminster, NJ. Crossroads4Hope’s network embraces all people touched by cancer—the diagnosed and their loved ones—empowering individuals through access to resources, as well as programs of support, education, wellbeing, and hope. Always at no charge to members, the organization delivers essential programs and services including individual and group support; educational, nutritional, and healthy-cooking workshops; classes to enhance health and wellness; and activities that build social connections. For more information, visit or call 908-658-5400.

About Astera Cancer Care
Astera Cancer Care is an independent and physician-owned multi-specialty community oncology practice serving Central Jersey. Astera Cancer Care inspires hope and improves outcomes through its commitment to personalized patient care and the latest treatment and research. Visit or call 732-390

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