Support Teams for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers
by Brent Braveman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
According to the American Cancer Society, the number of cancer survivors living in the United States will grow to more than 18 million by 2022. While the good news is that more and more people are surviving cancer, thanks to early detection and treatment advances, many of these survivors will face ongoing challenges due to the harsh toll these life-saving treatments can take on the body.
Camp Kesem is by big kids for little kids whose parents have cancer. Anchored in a network of free summer camps, Camp Kesem provides a peer-based support system for children affected by a parent’s cancer. Led by the passionate efforts of college students across the country, Camp Kesem offers what these kids need most – support, courage, empathy, and fun – as they face realities no child should have to face.
Palliative care’s association with end of life has created an “identity problem” that means the majority of people facing a serious illness do not benefit from treatment of the physical and psychological symptoms that occur throughout their disease, according to an article co-authored by palliative care experts at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, the American Cancer Society, and Johns Hopkins University.
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