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Pagosa’s cancer support group seeks community input

Pagosa’s cancer support group, which will meet at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27, in Suite N of the Heritage Building, is seeking community input and ideas for cancer related topics and speakers for quarterly presentations to the community.

State statistics about cancer cases and deaths for Archuleta County are not available at this time, but one of the national cancer support groups, the American Cancer Society, reports that it provided 207 services to 57 patients in Archuleta County last year.  Four were uninsured or under-insured.   Thirty-five of those were recent diagnoses.   

Because Archuleta has so many second home owners and seasonal residents, it is difficult to track the actual cancer rate in our county.  In addition, many residents choose to go for treatment in places other than Durango, which is the nearest city with oncology and radiation physicians.

Pagosa’s group intends to provide a wide variety of information including new cancer studies, updated information about treatment options, information about treatment centers throughout the country and a list of online resources including financial aide.

Pagosa’s group meets the last Monday of each month.  For residents able to go to Durango, a support group there meets the first Wednesday of each month, at noon in the Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital. 

For information about the Pagosa group call Debra at (530) 205-5593, Howard at 264-5100 or Carol at 731-9459. 

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