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Happy Holidays from the Cancer Support Community

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Cancer Support Community family wishes you and your loved ones a very joyous holiday! Please note that our Cancer Support Helpline will be closed on Christmas Eve (12/24), Christmas Day (12/25), New Year’s Eve (12/31) and New Year’s Day (1/1). If you are experiencing an emergency at that time, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Happy Holidays!

Being a Caregiver During the Holidays

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The holiday season is in full swing with parties, family get-togethers, traveling and so much holiday shopping. This is one of the busiest times of the year for most of us, but for those caring for a loved one with cancer it can be exhausting, both physically and emotionally. While caring for your loved one during the holiday season, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Here are some tips for having a wonderful and peaceful holiday season.

CSC is Featured in The Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

There are currently 14 million cancer survivors living in the United States, and by 2022 there will be an estimated 18 million survivors. The Wall Street Journal cites an increased focus on “the whole patient” as the next front in cancer care, with emphasis on the emotional and mental well-being of survivors.

The WSJ article highlights the work that the Cancer Support Community has been doing to address the needs of those impacted by cancer, including CSC’s partnership with Greenville Health System’s Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship in Greenville, SC.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Empowering Listeners to Live Well with Cancer

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

From the Affordable Care Act, to finding the silver linings in cancer, to playing video games, it has been an exciting time to tune in Frankly Speaking About Cancer. Hosted by Kim Thiboldeaux, CSC’s President and CEO, and airing every Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, Frankly Speaking About Cancer empowers listeners to live well with cancer. The internet radio show covers a wide variety of topics, and this past month has been no exception. Take a look below at our most recent topics and guests.

Giving Tuesday: A day to help those affected by cancer

Monday, December 2, 2013

This year as we pour endless energy and effort into planning Black Fridayshopping strategies and hunting for the best online deals on Cyber Monday, we should also remember another day—a day focused on giving rather than receiving. Giving Tuesday is a campaign to create a national day of giving to kick off the holiday season.

Tips for a healthy & stress-free holiday

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The holiday season is a time of joy as many reunite with family members and experience the comfort of old traditions. However, it can also be stressful! From hosting events to shopping for presents, this season can be overwhelming. For those dealing with a cancer diagnosis or with post-treatment recovery, the stress may be even greater. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the holiday season while taking care of yourself:

I’m not SHOUTING – I just want my voice to be heard

Friday, November 15, 2013

You’re used to making decisions. You multi-task while leading others in your job. Suddenly, you’re being told the decisions; you’re excruciatingly tired and weak; you can barely decide what to have for dinner. That was how I felt after my Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) diagnosis in May 2009. And through countless rounds of blood work, doctors’ office waits, cardiograms, scans and the dreaded bone marrow biopsy, the system-focused health care system soon taught me that sometimes, in order for MY voice to be heard, it had to sound loud and confident.

The first year, I was sick with the side effects of my first cancer treatment and from the leukemia itself because the medication didn’t work for me. That year, I didn’t have the energy to make myself heard so just blindly did what I was told. Take this every day, do that, be here at 2 pm, don’t eat grapefruit, wait here, turn on your side, come back in three months. This series of short commands ruled my life. Then somehow, in that fog, I started questioning the commands. That was the first inkling of my voice coming back. Soon after that, we switched to another medicine for my CML treatment.

Nurturing Our Network, Increasing Our Impact

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Cancer Support Community has locations all over the world where people can find support during their cancer journey. Each year, leaders from each of these brick-and-mortar centers come together at our Affiliate Leadership Conference to discuss ways to increase the delivery of our mission—to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.

Fittingly, the theme of this year’s conference is “Nuturing our Network, Increasing our Impact.”

Navigating Cancer Drug Shortages

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Drug Shortages continue to affect the health care industry, particularly the cancer community, with the problem expected to worsen this year. These shortages include antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs used by those currently living with cancer and longer term cancer survivors.

According to a Penn State survey of 245 oncologists and hematologists in 2012, 94 percent said their patients’ treatment had been affected by drug shortages.

Breast Cancer Tests More Than Just Physical Strength

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A USA Today article (link to published last week explains the emotional toll living with breast cancer can take on the spirit. It also explains that many people feel that those who have never faced a breast cancer diagnosis can’t even begin to understand the effect it has on a person’s social, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual realms, which can make many people living with cancer feel isolated.