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.
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.
Circle the Wagons
by Lynn Eib
I remember so well the first cancer support group meeting I attended. I was 36 years old and working as a reporter for a local newspaper. I had recently written a story about our community hospital’s new support group and interviewed its facilitator, Mary. Two months later when I showed up at a meeting, Mary naturally assumed I was visiting the group as a follow-up to my published article. “How sweet that you would come to our meeting,” she said with a big smile. “Actually, I was diagnosed with colon cancer last month,” I said.
Cancer Care Connection
Established in 2001, Cancer Care Connection is a free national telephone resource for cancer survivors and their families, caregivers, coworkers, and others affected by cancer. A team of Cancer Resource Coaches® responds to callers with psychosocial (non-medical) questions and concerns without regard to cost or time.
The Role of Social Workers in Cancer Care
by Kathryn Brzozowski, LCSW
As a cancer survivor, you have a large team of professionals on your side. At this point in your journey, your body is going through a lot, which is why you have a group of competent and caring physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and radiation therapists all working together to provide the best cancer treatment possible. However, it is important to also keep in mind that a diagnosis of cancer doesn’t only impact your body. Cancer can affect a person and their loved ones on many different levels – mentally, emotionally, interpersonally, practically, and financially.
Talking to Your Doctor About Cancer Care
Talking with doctors about cancer and cancer treatments can feel like learning a new language, and people facing cancer often need help to understand their treatment options and the risks and benefits of each choice. “People are making life and death decisions that may affect their survival, and they need to know what they’re getting themselves into. Cancer treatments and tests can be serious. Patients need to know what kind of side effects they might experience as a result of the treatment they undergo.”