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Cancer retreat coming to Estevan

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The Canadian Cancer Society in Saskatchewan and the Estevan Relay for Life survivor committee are bringing a free Living Well with Cancer retreat to Estevan on Saturday, April 26 at the Days Inn.

"At the retreat, you will … have the opportunity to learn about valuable Canadian Cancer Society programs and services," the CCS stated in a press release. "You will learn about practical and emotional tools to help you on your cancer journey, and meet people in your community who are going through a similar experience."

Dr. Toby Bridgman, a naturopathic doctor, will be the keynote speaker. Bridgman will address what cancer is, how it develops, and how it can be treated. He will also discuss how patients can go about understanding their diagnosis, and how they can create a treatment program that will work.

Bridgman will also explain why it is important to support the body, and how to speak to medical doctors to get the treatment that is needed. He will be available for questions after the presentation.

Bridgman has created a clinic in Weyburn that aims to provide the most advanced treatments allowed within the scope of integrative medicine in Saskatchewan. In his clinic, he offers advanced intravenous therapies to support patients with cancer.

"Bridgman understands that each patient has a different diagnosis, experience, and values that need to be taken into consideration when designing a treatment program," the CCS stated.

Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the session will start at 10:45.

All participants must pre-register; the deadline is Monday, April 21. Survivors are welcome to bring one support person.

In previous years, the survivor committee has held a tea for local cancer survivors, but this year they have decided to offer the retreat.


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