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Cancer center anniversary to be marked at Backus

Published June 19. 2013 4:00AM

Norwich - The William W. Backus Hospital will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the opening of its cancer center on Thursday with a ribbon-cutting of The Boutique at Backus and announcement about new services being added.

The event, from 5 to 7 p.m., will recognize several milestones achieved by the center, including the opening of the Dr. Sustan Ahamed Radiation Therapy Center in 1989; the designation of the Community Hospital Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer, in 2002; and the commission's Outstanding Achievement Award in 2008. In 2009, the center added a Patient Navigator program. The center also achieved national accreditation for its Breast Center.

The new boutique was created with donations from the Backus Auxiliary, the Seder family and the Breast Cancer Survivors in Fashion Committee, the hospital said.

The boutique will be open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., offering personal care and support items such as wigs, hats and other accessories to complement cancer care. It will also serve as a resource center for patients to learn about the Navigator Program, the center for cancer survivorship and other services available at the Backus Cancer Center.

"We hope to educate, help and inspire cancer patients in their journey, whether they are newly diagnosed or longtime survivors," said Mary Brown, director of volunteer and guest services at Backus.

Among products and services available at the boutique will be: lymphedema early detection program and compression products; post-mastectomy surgical bras, camisoles and other specialized apparel for women who have had a mastectomy; prostheses and fittings; compression garments; non-metallic deodorants and skin products; skin lotions and toiletries for radiation therapy patients; and inspirational gifts.

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