CancerCare Welcomes Christine Verini as Chief Business Development Officer

October 5, 2015

CancerCare is pleased to welcome Chief Business Development Officer Christine Verini. Ms. Verini will serve as a key member of CancerCare’s Executive Leadership Team with a primary focus on expanding existing and future mission-based programs and enhancing and building organizational support and collaborations.

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Magnolia Meals Expands to Help People with Thyroid Cancer

September 28, 2015

At CancerCare, we are proud to offer and support innovative programs that recognize the ways in which cancer impacts the whole person, as well as a person’s entire support system. That’s why we are delighted to share that Magnolia Meals at Home®, a program that delivers nutritious meals at no-cost to patients living with breast cancer and their families, has expanded to help those living with thyroid cancer.

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CancerCare Survey Finds Most Patients Unfamiliar With Clinical Pathways

September 10, 2015

A recent survey conducted by CancerCare of more than 1,300 breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer patients diagnosed within the past five years found that the vast majority had not heard the term “clinical pathway”. Even after it was defined, fewer than half claimed to be familiar with the term.

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Cancer Support: Make Help Last Beyond Diagnosis

September 2, 2015

It isn’t unusual for people with cancer to find that the intense care and show of concern from friends and family begins to gradually dwindle away after their initial diagnosis. They may begin to feel their support systems slowly fading away as treatment progresses. It’s vitally important to remember that cancer treatment and recovery is often long and arduous, which is why it’s so important to provide cancer support throughout the entire duration of your loved one’s treatment.

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Talking About Body Image With Teens

August 27, 2015

Conversations about body image and self-esteem can be difficult to have with teenagers, even more so if their bodies have undergone a significant change as the result of a cancer diagnosis. CancerCare oncology social worker Sarah Paul, MSW, LMSW, discusses the importance of talking about body image with teens who have cancer, and offers tips on starting the conversation for parents and/or guardians.

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Guest Blog Post: Understanding Clinical Trials

August 25, 2015

Clinical trials are a vital part of advancing cancer research and discovering new treatments. However, many people with cancer are uncertain if clinical trials are right for them. Read on to learn about how clinical trials work, what the risks and benefits are, and the rights that all people participating in clinical trials hold.

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Stress Management for Caregivers

August 20, 2015

Some people become caregivers gradually – their loved ones develop symptoms slowly, or may need several tests before the cancer is diagnosed. Others become a caregiver more suddenly. Either way, a cancer diagnosis often brings an unexpected change in one’s life. As a result, caregivers seldom have the chance to get their own lives in order prior to becoming a caregiver.

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Guest Blog Post: Who’s on Your Team?

August 17, 2015

A person with cancer will usually consult with many health care professionals throughout his or her treatment and follow up care. Cancer is generally treated using a multidisciplinary approach, which means the members of your health care team with different areas of expertise will work together to discuss treatment options and make decisions.

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CancerCare Weighs In: What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Cancer

August 6, 2015

“It’s frightening to hear someone talk about cancer, and we automatically think about ourselves. But try to keep your own feelings in check and focus on the person who has been diagnosed. You don’t have to fix this situation or say something profound, just being there is huge.”

CancerCare oncology social worker Sarah Kelly, LCSW, comments on the frequently asked question of what to say to someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, and what kind of comments to avoid.

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You and Your Health Care Team: Tips to Improve Communication

August 4, 2015

When coping with a cancer diagnosis, good communication with your health care team may make a big difference in your care. Communication may build trust between you and your health care team, and improve the level of care you receive. CancerCare intern Alessandra Newton offers some tips and suggestions to help build a better relationship between you and your health care team.

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