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We Have a Brand New Look!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Notice anything different about the page you’re looking at right now? Maybe everything looks a little different than the last time you read a Cancer Support Community blog post? We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new website!

Working to Understand the Full Impact of Stomach Cancer

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Advisory Board grew silent as one of the caregivers told his story. It was the first meeting of the group the Cancer Support Community brought together to plan the new Stomach Cancer program for the Cancer Experience Registry.

He was young, nice looking, straight forward--but the pain and futility of his beautiful wife’s illness and death from stomach cancer was clear as he spoke. The doctors in the group listened and stressed the urgent need for new therapies to improve the prognosis, but we all came away from that meeting with a deeply increased understanding of the importance of connecting to the community of people impacted by stomach cancer (also known as gastric cancer) -- and giving them a voice.

Raising Awareness: 4 Chords at a Time

Thursday, January 28, 2016

What happens when you combine celebrities, a custom-made guitar and a desire to ensure that no one faces cancer alone? We all know someone who is touched by cancer, and thanks to #4Chords4Cancer we can help raise awareness of much-needed free supportive resources for all. Get involved with #4Chords4Cancer!

Managing Distress Throughout the Cancer Experience: ASCO Cancer Survivorship Symposium 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

When you are first diagnosed with cancer, there might be quite a lot going on in your mind. We also know that the emotions and feelings associated with cancer don’t necessarily go away with time. The Cancer Support Community’s Research and Training Institute presented findings from a new study, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Survivorship Symposium, which found that well over a third of cancer patients over a year from diagnosis and beyond continue to report moderate to very serious concerns across a range of issues, including feeling worried about the future, finances, sadness and depression.

When it’s Time for a Second Opinion

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Hearing you have cancer can be shocking. And it’s perfectly reasonable to want to take action and begin treatment right away. However, taking your time can have several advantages, including having the opportunity to evaluate options and seek other opinions.

Hearing the Patient Voice

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

At this year’s American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting, Cancer Support Community’s Joanne Buzaglo presented on findings from the Cancer Experience Registry. The topic was the Multiple Myeloma Patient Experience with Financial Toxicity, a topic of increasing importance to patients who now have multiple (expensive) treatment options and who are living longer.

10 Things You Should Do If You are Diagnosed with Cancer

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

This week’s blog post is by Kim Thiboldeaux, CEO of the Cancer Support Community. This blog post also appears this month in the Huffington Post, and you can read more of Kim’s Huffington Post blog posts here.

What President Carter’s Announcement Teaches Us about Immunotherapy

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

This week, President Jimmy Carter announced he has been declared N.E.D (No Evidence of Disease) after undergoing treatment for metastatic melanoma, which was diagnosed in August of this year. President Carter credits this happy announcement to an immunotherapy treatment he received. Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses the body’s own immune system to control cancer. Here’s what we know about this exciting new treatment option and how it works.

What You Need to Know When You Tell Your Kids about Cancer

Thursday, December 3, 2015

One of the most complex aspects of living with cancer involves talking about cancer with others in our lives., especially when it comes to telling children about a loved one’s cancer diagnosis and treatment. It can be hard to know what to say. What exactly should children be told? What will they understand? What is going through their heads when they hear “cancer” and what are they thinking about everything that comes with it?

It is normal to feel overwhelmed when first diagnosed or beginning treatment, and the last thing you want to deal with is having conversations you may be afraid to have. That said, children often sense that something is amiss, making these conversations inevitable. At the Cancer Support Community, our goal is to help facilitate the conversations by providing background and information to help you know what to say.

Save Some Room for #GivingTuesday

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” These words ring true every day, but no truer than this week as we prepare for #GivingTuesday–an annual day devoted to giving back to others. After a day spent eating and giving thanks, and two days spent shopping, this day always feels much needed–and the benefits reaped from this day grow more important every year. If you’re unfamiliar with #GivingTuesday and what it represents, learn more below and find out how you can help support the Cancer Support Community’s mission: To ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

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