Learning to Advocate for Yourself
by Irene Goss-Werner, MSW, LICSW
Communicating your needs when you have cancer may seem straightforward, but for many people, self-advocacy can be daunting. However, once you learn some basic self-advocacy skills, you’ll find that communicating your needs to your medical team, partner, family, friends, or colleagues will allow others to be involved in your care in the ways you want them to be. By using the following purposeful, thoughtful approaches to communication, you’ll be better able to let others know what is and is not helpful, while enabling yourself to set limits and more easily express your concerns.
Guide to Lodging Accommodations
There are several reasons why people with cancer and their families may decide to travel to receive care. For cancer survivors and their families, finding accommodations can be a challenge. Several facilities offer lodging for free or for a nominal fee. Each temporary lodging program will have its own rules and criteria to qualify for services.
Novartis Oncology Announces Mobile Apps
Novartis Oncology has announced the launch of two new patient-oriented mobile phone apps to help patients better manage their health and allow them to more easily access and share important health information with their physician. My Net Manager is supported by six patient groups and Clinical Trial Seek is sourced from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Cancer Support Community Launches Living Healthy with Cancer
The Cancer Support Community has launched Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Living Healthy with Cancer®, an educational program intended to raise awareness about the unique physical and emotional needs of those living with cancer and to teach survivors how to develop healthy habits to meet these needs.
Wings for Life
For cancer survivors, distant travel is sometimes necessary to reach a cancer center or hospital for treatment or a second opinion that is not available in their local communities. Flying can be expensive, but various air transport organizations provide free or reduced-cost flights to assist people who need help getting to and from treatment locations. The following is a partial listing of organizations that provide or coordinate flights for cancer survivors and their families.
CaringBridge Serves More People in More Ways with New Services
CaringBridge, a social network that keeps families and loved ones connected during any type of health event, is launching new services that will help even more people support their loved ones during times of need: the SupportPlanner and the Amplifier Hub.
Get Support On-the-Go with My Cancer Manager
Do you ever wish you had a portable support network to help you manage the stress of cancer? Thanks to My Cancer ManagerSM, you can now track your stress level and connect with vital cancer information and support. This free application empowers people living with cancer to rate and track concerns over time and report progress to their health care team and others.
More Than $81 Million Pledged So Far In Connection With Stand Up To Cancer's September 7 Fundraising Special
More than $81 million has been pledged so far in connection with its star-studded Stand Up To Cancer September 7 “roadblock” fundraising telecast to accelerate ground-breaking research and bring new treatments to patients as quickly as possible, including pediatric cancer patients through the creation of a new pediatric cancer research “Dream Team.”