LEWISTON – Psychologist and cancer survivor Deborah Taylor, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at the Wednesday, Nov. 3, meeting of the Central Maine Medical Center Cancer Wellness and Support Group.

She will lead a discussion about the range of thoughts and emotions associated with a cancer diagnosis. She will help those attending the session examine how those reactions affect relationships with family and friends, consider skills that improve communication about cancer and issues that interfere with such communication.

Taylor is a member of the faculty of Central Maine Medical Center’s Family Practice Residency Program. Prior to joining the faculty, she served as director of Psychology Consultation Services at Ohio State University Hospitals in Columbus, Ohio.

She was awarded a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern Maine in Portland and earned a master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.

Taylor served a pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Ohio State University in Columbus and a post-doctoral psychology fellowship at an industrial rehabilitation hospital in Ohio.

The CMMC Cancer Wellness and Support Group is open to people living with cancer, as well as their spouses/partners, family members and caregivers. The group meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the conference room at the Cynthia A. Rydholm Cancer Treatment Center at CMMC. There is no charge.

For more information, call CMMC oncology social worker Kerry Irish at 795-7118 or Trisha Warren-Van Horn at 795-2692.

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