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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Diane Robinson

Q: What is the name of your Affiliate?

A: The Cancer Support Community at Orlando Health.

Q: How does a hospital partnership work? How does this type of support setting differ from a traditional Affiliate?

A: This is a new kind of partnership where the affiliation is with a hospital. Most support groups, education classes, and healthy living events all take place with-in the hospital walls. This is in contrast to most other CSCs that are stand-alone facilities and are their own 501(c)3 charities.

Q: What does a typical day look like at UF Health Cancer Center look like? What types of programs and services are taking place on a daily basis?

A: Check out our calendar! There are too many things to write in a couple of sentences.

Q: What can someone who has never been to UF Health Cancer Center expect on their first visit?

A: The Cancer Center itself offers an integrative approach to oncology, so new patients are given a support survey to see what one of the additional programs we offer would be of most help to them.

Q: How can they benefit from coming to the center?

A: Having a life-threatening illness is extremely stressful, and most of our programs help with managing that stress. It can be as simple as chatting with another patient about how they coped with nausea, or as involved as enrolling in a series of 8 mindfulness-based stress reduction classes.

Q: What would you say to someone who is nervous about attending a support group here? Or isn’t sure if this right for them?

A: The best way to find out is to give it a try. I always say try out a few different events and see which one resonates. If yoga or tai chi classes aren’t a good fit, perhaps try our arts in medicine program.

Q: What kind of impact has the center had on those who have visited so far?

A: Very positive feedback right now! Some patients say it has helped manage their anxiety not only about cancer but in their everyday lives.

Q: What is your busiest time of year? Why?

A: September and October, with so many events focusing on gynecological and breast cancers we are very much in demand!

Q: What are some of the events that you hold for patients and their families? Why is it important to offer events in addition to just counseling or treatment sessions?

A: Counseling is wonderful but it isn’t always some

Q: How would you describe the community of UF Health Cancer Center?

A: Growing, innovative and cutting edge – delivering a whole new level of support inside a vibrant cancer center.

Q: What’s the most rewarding aspect of the UF Health Cancer Center?

A: Without a doubt meeting the incredible patients we have and hearing not only their stories, but how we have helped them cope during this difficult time of their lives.