Support Teams for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers
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.
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.
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.
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