Aside from the emotional stress cancer and its treatments can cause, many
women with breast cancer also have to cope with changes to their body’s
appearance. Changes can be short or long term, ranging from hair loss
to the loss of a breast to changes in hormones that affect libido. This
can cause women to become less comfortable with their bodies.
The Cancer Support Community at Monmouth Medical Center will address these
concerns with “Woman to Woman: Cancer & Sexuality,” a
workshop for women to explore the changes their bodies are experiencing
on Wednesday, March 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Monmouth Medical Center in
Suite ST-007, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch.
The workshop is designed to provide a safe and comfortable environment
for a candid discussion on how cancer treatments can impact sexual interest
and response, function and energy levels. Women will have the opportunity
to ask questions, learn more about their changing bodies and receive emotional
support from others.
The workshop will be led by Anita Pfisterer, LCSW, who has led numerous
support groups and has experience addressing cancer and sexuality. Pfisterer
will offer tips on how to combat vaginal dryness, intimacy issues and more.
Registration for “Woman to Woman: Cancer & Sexuality” is
required. Please call the Cancer Support Community at
About the Cancer Support Community
The Cancer Support Community (CSC) offers supportive programs, education,
and hope for individuals affected by a cancer diagnosis, no matter where
treatment is received. Monthly programs include relaxation and guided
imagery, yoga, mindfulness meditation, exercise for strength, support
groups and much more. Please contact CSC at
732-923-6090, or email
Joan.Hogan@rwjbh.org for a copy of the monthly program calendar.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas
Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at
Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest academic medical
centers and has been a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel
University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest
days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement
and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including
robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. Monmouth Medical
Center is the only hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties to consistently
receive an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group,
an independent national nonprofit organization of employer purchasers
of health care and the nation’s leading experts on patient safety.
It is one of eight New Jersey hospitals to receive a four-star rating
from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the highest hospital
rating in the state.