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PVH Cancer Support Group Hosts Education on Wound Treatment

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Dr. Maria Benner will speak about specialized wound care for cancer patients at the May 27 PVH Cancer Support Group meeting at 6:30pm in Conference Room A at Penobscot Valley Hospital. The public is welcome to attend.

(Lincoln, ME)— On Tuesday, May 27, the PVH Cancer Support Group would like to invite cancer survivors, caretakers and medical staff to a special educational session at 6:30pm in Conference Room A of the hospital. The presentation will focus on hyperbaric oxygen therapy with Marian Benner, MD from St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor.

Cancer Support Group leaders Terri Coolong and Bill Head hope this event will be helpful for area cancer survivors and educational for our community’s medical staff. “Many cancer patients have wounds that just won’t heal and hyperbaric oxygen therapy might be right for them. It’s a great opportunity to learn more from a respected medical provider, Dr. Benner,” adds Coolong.

Dr. Marian Benner is the medical director of the Hyperbaric and Wound Healing Center at St Joseph Hospital in Bangor. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine. On May 27, she will be speaking on the use of hyperbaric oxygen for the treatment of the delayed effects of radiation. This topic may be of particular interest to anyone who has had cancer with treatment that included radiation, in particular for head and neck cancers, colon and prostate cancers.

“If you have had cancer and received radiation as part of your treatment, you may develop problems as a consequence of soft tissue necrosis,” states Dr. Benner. “Radiation kills cancer cells and can save lives, but it also kills healthy tissue causing potentially life-long symptoms. Tissue exposed to radiation may continue to deteriorate and cause symptoms even years after the initial exposure.”

Common problems related to radiation exposure include: periodontal disease, tooth loss, swallowing difficulties, digestive problems, diarrhea, bloody stools or urine, non-healing wounds and chronic pains. Medical therapies are frequently used to manage a patient’s symptoms, but hyperbaric oxygen therapy is designed to treat the underlying cause of the symptoms.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may help a person recover and regenerate tissue damaged by radiation therapy. This new tissue can improve, and in many instances, eliminate chronic debilitating symptoms.
To learn more about this educational event, leave a message on the PVH Cancer Support Group hotline at 207-794-7149 and someone will return your call promptly.

Additionally, the PVH Cancer Support Group would like to thank everyone who attended the Breast Cancer Awareness Day on May 16 at the hospital. The day was designed to help remind women over 40 to obtain annual mammograms. Attendees enjoyed chair massages by Dee House, manicures by Robin Libby with BeautiControl, and items for sale from the Auxiliary, Cancer Support Group, Mary-Beth Libby with The Pampered Chef, and Cheryl Russell with lia sophia. Donations are still coming in, but the group estimates nearly $500 has been raised for area cancer survivors. Thanks for supporting a wonderful cause and remind the women in your lives to obtain annual mammograms!