“Metastatic Breast Cancer Workshop

CSCENC is offering a second opportunity to attend the FREE Frankly
Speaking About Cancer workshop “Metastatic Breast Cancer” on
Tuesday, Jan. 24th.

This FREE and very informative workshop will be held at The McConnell-
Raab Hope Lodge (930 Wellness Drive A, Greenville, NC 27834) from 6-
8pm, January 24th.

Our featured speaker will be Dr. Mahvish Muzaffar, Medical Oncologist at
Leo Jenkings Cancer Center, ECU Brody School of Medicine.

This FREE workshop will offer information on the latest treatments for
metastatic breast cancer. In addition to learning about treatment options
and side effect management, patients and their loved ones will also learn
about ways to cope with the social and emotional challenges of this

For more details and registration, call (252) 493-6493 and leave a

Jay Lockaby, Cancer Support Community (CSC) Senior VP will visit Greenville

We are pleased to announce that Jay Lockaby, Senior Vice President of Affiliate Relations and Strategic Growth at the International Headquarters of the Cancer Support Community (CSC) will be visiting Greenville, NC on September 20 through 22nd.

Cancer Support Community , a national and international 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, is the leading world-wide provider of professionally led non-profit cancer support and has more than 50 affiliated organizations and over 170 locations throughout the country and the world.

For more than 30 years, the CSC network has ensured that those impacted by cancer do not have to face it alone. Last year, CSC touched the lives of over one million people. All CSC services are provided at no charge to those facing cancer.

The purpose of the Cancer Support Community Eastern North Carolina (CSCENC) is to build and staff the first Cancer Support Community program in North Carolina. We will initially be located in Greenville, but in time will expand to serve those dealing with cancer in surrounding counties. We will work collaboratively with all healthcare providers and will serve those with any cancer diagnosis; we will serve patients, family members, friends and caregivers; adults, teens and children; we will serve those in treatment and those no longer in treatment. Additionally, we will coordinate with other organizations serving cancer patients to prevent duplication and to ensure that needed services, not traditionally offered, are implemented.

We are grateful for the support and guidance we are receiving from CSC’s international headquarters. And appreciate the expertise Mr. Lockaby has and will share with the CSCENC Board of Directors.

Jay Lockaby has 25 years’ experience in the non-profit sector, primarily in management, fundraising and board of director collaboration. He was previously the CEO of the CSC Florida Suncoast affiliate which distinguished itself by developing a Gold LEED Certified model facility.

He is a 1992 graduate of Emory University where he was a 5-time NCAA All-American in swimming. He holds Masters degrees in Social Service and Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Mr Lockaby is married and has two children.

Treatments and Side Effects

In an additional seminar in their Frankly Speaking about Cancer Series, the Cancer Support Community of Eastern North Carolina will discuss strategies to manage treatment side effects such as fatigue, hair loss, anemia, infection and pain.

Learn how to manage emotional distress and optimize quality of life during and after cancer treatment. The featured speaker will be Paul Gibbs, RPh, BCOP, CPP, Oncology Pharmacist Supervisor, Vidant Cancer Care, VMC

This program is presented in partnership with the Koinonia Community Development Center

Date:                Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time:                6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location:          Koinonia Christian Church
1405 Greenville Blvd
Greenville, NC 27834
For more details and registration, call (252) 493-6493


Holiday Gift Wrapping at Barnes and Noble

Once again, Cancer Support Community Eastern NC volunteers will be available to wrap your Barnes and Noble purchases this holiday season. The Barnes and Noble Bookseller is located at 3040 Evans Street in Greenville (in the Target shopping center).

We will be happy to wrap your gifts from 10am to closing on the following dates:

  • Sunday, December 7th
  • Friday, December 12th
  • Saturday, December 13th
  • Sunday, December 14th
  • Friday, December 19th

Please stop by! If you would like to help in wrapping packages, please use the contact us form on this website.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer ~ Cost of Cancer Care

Frankly Speaking about the Cost of Cancer Care will be presented in full on October 29th. Originally scheduled to be two parts, inclement weather last week has caused us to offer the information from both sessions on the 29th.

Session begin at 1:45pm and end at 4:00pm.

The presenter will be Social Worker, Ginny Jackson, and others from the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center.

Registration and refreshments begin at 1:15.

Hearing that you or someone you love has cancer can be overwhelming. Questions abound: Will I (or my loved one) survive? How will my family be affected? Will my insurance cover my care? Will I be able to work through treatment or will I need to take time off from work? Will my family be burdened with huge expenses? Having a plan to deal with these questions is vital. It’s hard to talk about money. However, having open conversations about money and the cost of cancer care can help you become better informed about your options for help. You may be able to reduce the financial impact of treating a cancer diagnosis. This workshop will cover: how to gather cost information, health insurance, the Affordable Health Care Act, employment, disability and finance, prescription medications, Medicare/Medicaid, and identify helpful resources.

For more details and registration, call 252-493-6493 and leave a message or visit www.cancersupportenc.com. This program is provided through a grant from Lilly.

Download the Cost of Care Flyer by clicking on the link. (Please disable any pup-up blockers as the PDF Flyer will appear in a new window)

Volunteers Needed: Holiday Gift Wrapping

Would you like to help Cancer Support Community Eastern NC raise money and awareness of our mission?

Each year Barnes and Noble Booksellers invites organizations like ours to staff their holiday gift wrapping table.  They provide gift wrap, table and customers, we provide volunteers!  In the past few years that we have done this, we have found it to be an excellent opportunity to not only raise some money, but to let the Greenville area know about the CSCNC mission.

You can help!  No prior gift wrapping experience necessary.  We will be happy to give you a quick lesson.  Even if you feel you are “all thumbs” we can still use your help!

We have the following dates set aside for CSCENC:

  •  Sunday, Dec. 7th
  • Friday, Dec. 12th
  • Saturday, Dec. 13th
  • Sunday, Dec. 14th
  • Friday, Dec. 19th

We will be at the table from opening (10 AM) to closing (10 PM, except Sundays 9 PM)  We ask for a minimum 2 hours commitment of time from our volunteers, but you are welcome to volunteer more, if you feel so moved!

If you would like to volunteer, please send an email to Claudia Sundman, our Community Outreach Coordinator at csundman@cancersupportenc.org , at or call her at 252-4l2-l382.  Please leave your phone number, as that is the easiest way for Claudia to contact you to coordinate your preferences with her scheduling needs.  We will not call you for any other reason… promise!

Can’t volunteer?  Please bring your Barnes and Noble purchases to us to wrap on the dates above!

Thanks!  We look forward to seeing you there!


Why we need a CSCENC Clubhouse

Jeannine & David Poythress
Cancer Survivors

by Jeannine Poythress, caregiver

Cancer. It is the word you hear that sends this sick feeling to the  pit of your stomach. I will never forget that day. It takes you back  a few steps. You wonder how you will cope.

On March 1st, 2010, I heard those words. “Your husband, David,  has cancer.” I said, are you sure? The answer was yes. On that  day we began to maneuver this disease called cancer. I felt  afraid and unsure. Will I be able to take in all the information and  somehow make sense of it all? Who would I have to talk with?  Who would be there for me when I had questions? How would I  be able to advocate for my husband the resources he needed?

During David’s treatment and survivorship, we relied on the  resources and programs available to us through the Leo Jenkins  Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society McConnell – Rabb Hope Lodge. When I heard there was an opportunity to  support the Cancer Support Community of Eastern North  Carolina, I was grateful.

Finally, a one stop shop to provide support, answer a multitude of  questions, and provide beneficial programs on nutrition, exercise,  financial assistance, and continuity of care.

My husband and I would benefit from activities to help keep the  mind strong and focused. We believe other cancer survivors and  family members will get support from a place to ask questions  with caring individuals who would understand. Support groups  allow us to be able to share feelings in a safe place. It is a  blessing to be among people with a common ground.

Cancer support programs do just that; bring people together  battling cancer to a common ground. A friend once told me,  “Sometimes life throws us a curve ball.” It’s nice to know there  are programs available that offer support and resources when the  unexpected happens. Thankfully, my husband is a four year  cancer survivor.

However; even now I can use and value a place where cancer  patients and their families can receive the care and support they  so richly deserve and need. A caring environment goes a long  way in the healing process for cancer patients and caregivers.