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.”
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.”