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November 2012
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Focus On

A Message From Our CEO

CancerCare offices are up and running again having survived Hurricane Sandy. All of our staff is safe but some have endured a great deal of challenges and loss. We know that many of you have too and our thoughts are with you.

Throughout this time, our staff has done their best to reach those we help. Even in a time of a natural disaster, the issues of cancer continue. We thank you for your support and patience during the power outage. We are back and ready to help.

Helen H. Miller, LCSW

Awareness Calendar—November Is...

Managing Your Cancer

Managing Side Effects

Cancer and its treatments can lead to side effects that can affect patients’ and caregivers’ quality of life. Our booklet Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects addresses many potential side effects and provides tips for managing them.

CancerCare’s professional oncology social workers can also help patients and caregivers find ways to manage treatment side effects, including chemobrain, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, neuropathy and hair loss.

View all our side effect resources.

What’s New

New Connect Education Workshop

The holidays are fast approaching and can be an especially difficult time for people coping with cancer and their caregivers. Join us on Dec. 6, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET for our upcoming Connect Education Workshop Helping Cancer Patients and Their Families Cope with the Stresses of Caregiving. Social workers, oncology nurses, health care professionals, as well as people coping with cancer and their caregivers can benefit from this workshop.

Topics covered include:

  • What research tells us about caregivers’ well being and family communication
  • Stresses of family, friends and loved ones
  • Practical tips for helping caregivers manage stress
  • Self-care strategies for caregivers

Register for this workshop online or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

Ask CancerCare

Our experts address your questions on a specific cancer topic each month. During November, submit your question to our expert about coping with mesothelioma.

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In Your Words

“I think the Magnolia Meals at Home program is great and a lot of help. I just wish I knew about it sooner!”

—Robyn M.

Magnolia Meals at Home™ is a free meal delivery program that provides nutritious meals for patients living with breast cancer and their families. Currently, the program is for patients who live within a predefined area of Rockland and Bergen Counties, NJ, Westchester County, NY, and Andover, MA, and is a partnership between Magnolia: the Eisai Women’s Oncology Program, CancerCare, Cancer Support Community and Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA).

Upcoming Events

Blocks of Love

CancerCare’s Blocks of Love LEGO® Expo brings together families and friends to create LEGO masterpieces while supporting our free services for people coping with cancer.

This year’s expo will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. There are a number of ways to support this fundraiser: become a fundraising builder, support a builder, donate gently used blocks, and attend the event. Learn more.

CancerCare Connect®

Education Workshops

Our free Connect Education Workshops™ give you the latest cancer information straight from leading experts. You can listen in live by telephone or online and will have a chance to ask the experts your own questions.

Workshop Calendar

11/28Medical Update on Pancreatic Cancer
11/29Progress in the Treatment of Multiple Myeloma
12/6Helping Cancer Patients and Their Families Cope with the Stresses of Caregiving
12/12Understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for People Living with Cancer
12/14Understanding the Molecular Portrait of Breast Cancer
12/19Advances in the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer
12/20Update on Lymphoma From the 2012 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting

Register for these workshops online, or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

Missed a Connect Education Workshop? Listen to past workshops as podcasts through the CancerCare website.

Support CancerCare

Want to host your own fundraising event in support of our free services? Team CancerCare is an online tool that helps you create an event, stay organized, and collect donations in a secure environment. You get to decide what type of event you’d like to create—you can organize a bake sale, walk/run, lemonade stand, concert or book signing—there’s no limit! It’s also a great way for friends to make gifts in honor of a special holiday, birthday or anniversary.

Visit www.teamcancercare.org.

And as always, you can help us provide our free services to anyone facing cancer by making a donation today.

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