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Mobile, Ala. (January 7, 2009)
Contact: Paul Taylor , USA Medical Center, (251) 470-1682

Spirituality in Coping with Chronic Illness

Dr. Thomas W. Butler
The Med School Café for January will feature Dr. Thomas W. Butler, associate professor of interdisciplinary clinical oncology at the University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute.
His lecture, entitled “Spirituality in Coping with Chronic Illness,” will take place on Jan. 13, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church located at 6101 Grelot Road.

In his talk, Butler will outline the important role spirituality plays in helping patients and their families cope with a serious diagnosis. He will also discuss new research that demonstrates the benefits of this kind of support.

“Spirituality is not a religion or a denomination, but rather a belief in power higher than ourselves. To some this may be a support group, for others it is a faith or belief system,” explained Butler. “As a physician, my role is to provide the very best medical care possible, but at the same time, I realize that science is not the complete answer. Patients and their families also need emotional support during treatments and difficult times. For many, this includes spiritual support.”
Lectures and lunch provided free of charge, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call (251) 460-7770 or email
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