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Full Cancer Living

Full Cancer Living is a group designed to address the normal psychological, social, and spiritual issues faced by people with cancer. Cancer and its treatment place significant demands on relationships, on emotional wellbeing, and even life purpose. Addressing those challenges head on; living fully with cancer is what this group is about.

It is now well known in the medical world that providing tools for mindful living and bringing together people facing similar challenges can have a significant positive impact on quality of life. All cancer patients and a loved one are welcome at any time.

Topics addressed vary, depending on the interests of the group. Participants are always encouraged to raise questions and issues that they’d like to discuss.

Previous Topics Have Included:

  • Living in the present. How to live one day at a time.
  • Taking care of self in the face of many other demands.
  • How cancer has changed certain relationships. What to do about that.
  • Dealing with emotions that are all over the map.
  • Communicating with people about cancer so that they get it.
  • End of life questions.
  • Many normal ways to emotionally respond to a cancer diagnosis.
  • Where the needs of the partner/spouse come in
  • How to get support. The difficulty of asking for help.
  • Emotions as a guide to knowing what you need and want.
  • Life purpose, right now, with cancer.
  • Impact on sexuality and what to do about it.
  • How cancer has affected your body image and self-image.
  • Cultivating a positive attitude and does it matter.
  • Exchanging ideas about managing side effects.
  • Dealing with anger in self or others.
  • Maintaining a mutual relationship with spouse/partner despite the cancer.
  • Need to change old traditions and how to do that.
  • Talking to children or grandchildren.
  • Partner/spouse and person with cancer’s similar and different experiences.
  • Managing work.
  • Changing roles.

The group is professionally facilitated by Janneke van Beusekom, MSS, LCSW. Janneke encourages an atmosphere of compassionate and non-judgmental attending to the topics raised. She also provides information about the topics and provides periodic handouts. While everyone is offered the opportunity to speak, no one is required to speak; so don’t hesitate to attend if you are someone who likes to watch before you jump in!

Meeting Details

Place: Reception Room of the Lancaster Cancer Center, 1858 Charter Lane, Lancaster, PA.

Date: Normally the second and Fourth Thursday of the month. There are occasional changes in this schedule (due to holidays or vacations) and every effort will be made to post those on the website.

Time: 6:30-8:00

Registration and Questions: Please contact Janneke van Beusekom, MSS, LCSW to register and to let her know you’re coming. You can call her at 393-3002 or email her at info@lancaster-therapy.com. For questions contact either Janneke or staff at the Lancaster Cancer Center.

About Janneke van Beusekom, MSS, LCSW

Janneke van Beusekom, MSS, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist at Life Management Associates where she has worked since 1994. She specializes in working with people with physical illness and has been working with cancer patients in the Lancaster Cancer Center since September 2001.

Janneke has extensive training in Gestalt therapy, a therapy that is built on the positive and optimistic perspective that we all have a built-in drive toward optimal health (physical, emotional, and spiritual). Personal growth happens naturally as long as there is an environment that provides sufficient support. Janneke’s experiences have further taught her about the power of groups to support, nurture, and enhance personal growth.