Purpose in Planning Workshop Series

Following a cancer diagnosis, there are many factors patients, their families, and caregivers must manage. During this journey, it can be difficult for patients and their loved ones to prioritize their responsibilities as well as review the legal and financial questions that can and should be addressed. The Purpose in Planning Coping Circle Series addresses these issues by providing both information on finances and planning as well as emotional guidance to people affected by cancer.

Part I: Navigating Finances & Planning Ahead

This session provides information about how individuals who need to take time off of work, or who can no longer work can replace income. It will also cover practical tips to deal with out-of-pocket medical expenses, general financial wellness tips, and sources of financial assistance. Because dealing with finances can be emotional, we provide tips for dealing with difficult conversations, and where to find support if needed.

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Part II: Planning Ahead – Estate Planning

This webinar explores the basics of estate planning, including the various documents that can make up an estate plan, what to consider when beginning the process of creating a plan, and how to set up a Power of Attorney for Financial Affairs. It also provides helpful tips to having difficult conversations, including how to talk to loved ones about your preferences and religious beliefs that are important to you. There is also a workshop component on completing a simple will and Power of Attorney for Financial Affairs.

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Part III: Planning Ahead – Medical Decision Making

This webinar explores the Advance Health Care Directives, other important estate planning documents, and things to consider when storing important documents. It also provides helpful tips to having difficult conversations, including how to involve loved one's with end-of-life planning and how to bring up end-of-life conversations with your medical team. There is also a workshop component on completing an Advance Health Care Directive.

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This series is presented in partnership with Triage Cancer and sponsored by Eisai.

Workshops coming soon!

Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Chronicles

CancerCare has partnered with Stupid Cancer for this 5-part workshop series in honor of Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Awareness Week. The goal of this program is to provide AYA patients and caregivers with a safe platform to share their personal and unique experiences with cancer, while bringing awareness to the specific challenges AYA cancer patients and caregivers face daily.

Part I: Have Cancer, Now What?

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Part II: The Caregiver Experience

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Part III: Dating & Disclosure

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Part IV: Survivorship

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Part V: Living with Metastatic Cancer

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Biomarkers 101

Information about biomarkers is often inconsistent in the oncology community. Because biomarker testing (also known as "genetic testing" or "molecular testing") is used across many tumor types, both pre-and post-diagnosis, for varying purposes, it is difficult for patients and their loved ones to find credible, in-depth information about how biomarker testing is relevant to them. It is important that individuals with cancer understand how biomarker testing works and its benefits.

Facilitated by Charlotte Ference, LMSW and Lung Cancer Program Coordinator at CancerCare, Biomarkers 101 provides a comprehensive, easy-to-access educational discussion that people with cancer and their loved ones can turn to for information on the role of biomarkers in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

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This workshop is sponsored by Illumina.

Shared Decision-Making Series

Shared Decision-Making Part I: The Patient Perspective

Part one of this workshop will focus on the patient perspective of shared decision-making. Participants will learn about the shared decision-making health care model and how this patient-centered approach not only improves the patient-provider relationship but also focuses on the needs, values and preferences of the person with cancer. This workshop will define shared decision-making (SDM), discuss the role of patient’s values in their care, identify key components of the model and review the benefits of ongoing patient-provider collaboration.

This is an on-demand webinar, registration is required.

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Shared Decision-Making Part II: The Caregiver Perspective

Part two of this workshop will focus on the caregiver perspective of shared decision-making. Participants will learn about the shared decision-making health care model and how caregivers have a unique experience in supporting their loved ones. Although each experience is unique, many caregivers face similar challenges during the decision-making process. This workshop will review the shared decision-making (SDM) model, discuss the various roles of caregivers in SDM and explore benefits and challenges.

This is an on-demand webinar, registration is required.

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This workshop series is sponsored by Exact Sciences, Morphosys, Exelixis and Eisai.

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