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American Cancer Society unveils local resource center at grand opening ceremony

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Wigs, literature and information sources line the walls at the cancer resource center. The American Cancer Society and Castleview Hospital unveiled Utah's first resource center at a grand opening on Aug. 31.

The American Cancer Society has partnered with Castleview Hospital to open Utah's first resource center for people impacted by the disease.

The cancer resource center was unveiled during grand opening ceremonies last Thursday at Castleview Hospital.

"This will be a phenomenal tool for cancer patients and their families," said Sharon Hinckley, American Cancer Society quality of life relationship manager for rural Utah.

The center will be open Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with staffing provided by society volunteers.

For 24-hour information, Carbon County residents may visit the American Cancer Society on the Internet at or call the organization toll-free at 1-800-ACS-2345.

The society's resource center offers personalized information, support and resource referrals to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers during any stage of the cancer experience.

Castle Valley residents will find accurate, up-to-date information from a trusted source to help in making decisions about personal care or the care of a loved one afflicted with cancer.

"Those who have not been touched by cancer do not understand the impact that is makes not only on the patient, but their family. It is the wife, the husband, the daughter or the son who has also just been told they have cancer," explained the society's life relationship manager.

Castleview Hospital chief executive officer and cancer survivor Jeff Manley echoed the sentiment.

"As a cancer patient, you don't realize how important information is. Information is power, but it can also be very frightening if you don't understand it," pointed out Manley

The cancer information center is a one-stop shop for support through any combination of the following resources:

•Finding personalized information, support and community resources.

•Locating literature on coping with cancer, what to ask doctors, what to expect during chemotherapy and radiation and dealing with the side effects of treatment.

•Finding a support group, class and other programs in the Castle Valley community for the information and encouragement.

•Obtaining access to resources like financial assistance, medication needs, home health care, insurance questions, transportation and other concerns.

•Learning which activities can help ensure a better quality of life for patients and their families.

•Understanding clinical trials and how to make informed decisions about participation in the medical research efforts.

•Becoming aware of the advantages of early cancer detection.

•Becoming part of the cancer survivor community and interacting with others who understand the impact of the disease.

"This will be a remarkable resource for our community," said Price Mayor Joe Piccolo.

Piccolo attended the Aug. 31 grand opening not only in his official capacity as Price mayor, but also as the husband of a cancer survivor.

From a personal standpoint, Piccolo explained that in his experience the struggle that comes with the disease can bring out the best an entire family has to offer.

"Cancer survivors seize the opportunity for life - they are thrivers," said the Price mayor.

In addition, Barbara Piccolo shared her story as a cancer survivor with local residents attending the resource center's grand opening.

"In one sentence, my life was changed - 'You have cancer,'" commented the survivor of the disease.

When the patient was diagnosed with cancer, the doctors told her she only had two to three years to live.

The diagnosis was four years ago and she is still going strong, noted the cancer survivor. The information and treatment available coupled with Barbra Piccolo's determination have allowed her to survive.

"I realize now that I can make a difference. I can show others that they are not alone in the battle against cancer," concluded Barbara Piccolo.

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