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"Power of Choice," a series of three free programs for cancer patients and their families will begin Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, 225 Como Blvd., Cheektowaga. A cancer survivor, an oncologist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner will present the programs, which will focus on practical ways to deal with cancer while on the road to recovery.

"Choices in Directing Your Care" is the topic of the Sept. 29 lecture. Patty Murray, a cancer survivor, chemo coach and a founder of Pregnant With Breast Cancer support group, will discuss how to direct one's care and ask questions of the physician. On Oct. 27 the topic will be managing chemotherapy treatment at home. The third program on Dec. 1 will deal with minimizing stress and fear of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Each session will include information on community resources such as 24-hour help lines, support groups, pharmacy assistance, helpful books and literature, and home health information. Sponsors are the Buffalo Medical Group, Hospice and the American Cancer Society. To register for any or all of the presentations, call 686-8258.

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