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Support Teams for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers


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You Don’t Have to Go It Alone
Patient Navigators Can Help You Chart Your Course Through Cancer

by Carole O'Toole, MS, and Erin Price Schabert

A common experience for people living with cancer is the feeling of being overwhelmed by all the information given them and the multiple, often dif­ficult decisions they must make. The healthcare system can be daunting when any of us is dealing with a routine health issue. But with cancer, it can feel near­ly impossible to manage it all. Fortunately, there are professionals whose job it is to help guide survivors and caregivers through the cancer maze.

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Where Can I Go for Cancer Rehabilitation?

by Michael D. Stubblefield, MD

There are more than 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States. This number will increase to an estimated 20 million by the year 2026. Greater than half of these survi­vors will experience complications of cancer and its treatment, which can profoundly affect their function and quality of life. Moreover, finding rehabilitation services to help improve function and quality of life after cancer can be a challenge for many survivors.

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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. Various air transport organizations pro­vide free or reduced-cost flights to assist people who need help. The following is a partial listing of organizations that pro­vide or coordinate flights for cancer survivors and their families.

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