January 15, 2013
Caregivers of people with cancer face many challenges, and may have questions about how to provide emotional and practical support to their loved one.
CancerCare’s professional oncology social workers will answer your questions about caregiving during January. Submit a question at www.cancercare.org/questions.
You can also browse our archive of past questions on many different cancer-related topics, all of which were answered by a professional oncology social worker.
View all of CancerCare’s resources on caregiving.
September 4, 2012
After learning of a brother or sister’s cancer diagnosis, siblings may experience a wide range of emotions including anger, confusion, fear, guilt, or even jealousy. Children who are unable or unwilling to talk about their feelings may resort to displaying challenging behavior.
CancerCare CEO Helen H. Miller, LCSW offers helpful advice about how to help siblings of a child with cancer in a new article in Oncology Nurse Advisor. In the article, Miller explains how open communication about cancer and its treatment can help siblings cope better, feel less isolated, and experience fewer behavioral problems.
Read the article.
The professional oncology social workers at CancerCare understand the unique needs of children affected by cancer, and provide free professional counseling as well as recreational and therapeutic activities for children.
Learn more about our services for children coping with a cancer diagnosis.
CancerCare also offers specific resources that address the concerns of siblings of children with cancer, including our fact sheet, “Helping the Siblings of a Child with Cancer.”
July 25, 2012
CancerCare’s free, professional support services include face-to-face workshops and wig and prosthesis clinics at our New York City office. Our workshops taking place in August and September include:
We offer free wig clinics (August 10 and 24; September 14 and 21) and breast prosthesis clinics (August 8 and 22; September 12 and 19) by appointment.
CancerCare also provides free wigs by appointment in our Norwalk, CT, and Ridgewood, NJ offices.
View a full calendar of our upcoming community programs and clinics.
Registration is required for all of our programs; call 800-813-HOPE (4673) or visit www.cancercare.org/community_programs for more information.
Don’t live in the tri-state area of New York? We can help you locate resources in your community. Contact us at email@example.com; or call 800‑813‑HOPE (4673) and a CancerCare oncology social worker can refer you to local resources.
July 19, 2012
Two of CancerCare’s most popular Connect booklets, Caregiving for Your Loved One with Cancer and Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer, have been completely redesigned and are back in stock. Each booklet can be ordered free of charge from our online order form.
Caregiving for Your Loved One with Cancer provides many helpful tips for helping a loved one coping with cancer, including:
- Ways to provide emotional support
- How to care for a loved one who lives far away
- Tips for taking care of your own health
- Strategies for coping with the difficult emotions brought on by caregiving
Learn more about our free resources for caregivers.
Helping Children When a Family Has Cancer explains the importance of communicating with children about cancer, and offers tips for:
- Disclosing a cancer diagnosis
- Discussing treatment side effects
- Talking about a loved one’s prognosis
View all of our services that help children cope with cancer.
April 9, 2012
It’s important to communicate openly with children when a family member has cancer, as children understand cancer differently than adults and teens.
“Don’t be afraid to use the word ‘cancer’ when talking to your children,” says CancerCare professional oncology social worker Nicole DiMartino. “If they aren’t told the truth, they might imagine that things are worse than they really are, or even that they themselves are the cause of the cancer.”
CancerCare offers tips for communicating with children about cancer in our updated fact sheet, “Helping Children Understand Cancer: Talking to Your Kids About Your Diagnosis.” Among the suggestions offered:
- Give your children accurate, age-appropriate information. If you don’t talk to your kids about cancer, they may invent their own explanations.
- Set the tone. Use a calm, reassuring voice even if you become sad. This will help children see that you are trying to cope, and help them do the same.
- Allow children to participate in caregiving. Give them age-appropriate tasks, such as bringing the person with cancer a glass of water or extra blanket. These small gestures are meaningful ways for children to provide comfort and demonstrate their love.
Read the fact sheet, or order free copies.
Talking to children about cancer isn’t easy, but CancerCare’s professional oncology social workers are here to help. We offer free services that help families cope with a cancer diagnosis, including counseling, support groups, and publications.
Learn more about how we help children cope with a cancer diagnosis.
March 28, 2012
CancerCare, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute: Office of Cancer Survivorship and Office of Communications and Education, LIVESTRONG, American Cancer Society, Intercultural Cancer Council, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, is pleased to invite you to participate in a free, four-part workshop series: The Tenth Annual Cancer Survivorship Series: Living With, Through, and Beyond Cancer.
The series will take place on Tuesdays, from 1:30-2:30 pm Eastern Time – April 24, May 15, June 19 and July 17. You can listen to these workshops on the telephone or via live streaming through the internet.
This free series is made possible by support from the National Cancer Institute and LIVESTRONG and offers cancer survivors, their families, friends and health care professionals practical information to help them cope with concerns that arise after treatment ends.
Part I, Using Mind/Body Techniques to Cope with the Stress of Survivorship, will be presented on April 24th.
The faculty for this program includes:
- Richard Dickens, MSW, Survivor Perspective, Clinical Supervisor, Mind/Body Project Coordinator, CancerCare
- Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, Professor and Director, Integrative Medicine Program, Departments of General Oncology and Behavioral Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
- David Spiegel, MD, Jack, Lulu and Sam Willson Professor in the School of Medicine, Associate Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine
Subsequent workshops in the series are:
- Part II, Recapturing Joy and Finding Meaning– May 15th
- Part III, Changing Roles and Responsibilities for Caregivers– June 19th
- Part IV, Managing Post-Treatment Neuropathy– July 17th
These workshops are free – no phone charges apply. However, pre-registration is required. To register, and for more information, simply go to the CancerCare website, www.cancercare.org/connect
March 22, 2012
Cancer pain can be physically and emotionally exhausting, but it is possible to manage, writes CancerCare CEO Helen H. Miller, LCSW, ACSW, in the latest edition of Oncology Nurse Advisor.
Along with advances in pain medication treatments, emotional and practical support have been shown to help patients better manage their pain and experience a better quality of life, notes Miller. Also beneficial are “skill-based interventions” such as learning meditation techniques or yoga.
Miller’s article cites the results of a recent study that found patients were able to better control their pain after learning about pain management techniques from their health care team members, or from reading educational materials.
Read the article.
CancerCare provides pain-management information in our free publications, Controlling Cancer Pain: What You Need to Know to Get Relief, and “Opening the Door to Effective Pain Management.” Leading medical experts also addressed pain-management techniques during CancerCare’s Connect Education Workshop, “Coping with Cancer Pain: What You Need to Know.”
Learn more about CancerCare’s free resources about pain management.
Read about mind/body and relaxation techniques in our free fact sheet, “Relaxation Techniques and Mind/Body Practices.”
CancerCare also offers in-person mind/body workshops at our national office in New York City, led by a professional oncology social worker.
Register for these upcoming free workshops: