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Meeting the Needs of Cancer Survivors

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day. Cancer survivorship is often thought to begin on the day of diagnosis. While the term “survivor” can have different meanings—one thing is clear—the social and emotional needs of people who have ever had cancer are vast. Whether you’re newly diagnosed, in treatment, facing a recurrence or considered cured, cancer survivors have distinct needs, and these needs can change over time.

Celebrating 20 years of Gilda’s Club: A Message from Founder Joanna Bull

Friday, June 5, 2015

How wonderful it is to celebrate twenty years of Gilda’s Club being here for people with cancer and their families and friends! I vividly remember when Gene Wilder, Joel Siegel, Mandy Patinkin and I met in a huddle of determination to see that no one should ever feel alone while living with cancer.

#Thankanurse: A Tribute from CSC’s Affiliate Network

Friday, May 29, 2015

Patrice A. Stephens, MSN, APN, ACON-BC, began her work with breast cancer patients at Advocate Christ Medical Center nearly 35 years ago. In her first role as an oncology nurse and her current position as Breast Nurse Navigator, Patrice has touched the lives of tens of thousands of breast cancer patients and their families. Patrice provides extraordinary patient-centered care to the women she meets each day. Her approach to working with breast cancer patients expands beyond medical care. Patrice provides referrals for wigs, prosthesis, social support, counseling, and breast cancer networking groups in order to further assist her patients during their journey with breast cancer. She offers hope during difficult and uncertain times.

From the Patients - Responses from Our #Thankanurse Campaign

Thursday, May 28, 2015

All this month as part of our #ThankANurse campaign, we asked our followers for stories, moments and instances where they were thankful for the nurses in their lives, and we were touched at reading the heartfelt words of gratitude and admiration that patients had to say about their nurses. More than that, we were astounded by the number of people who remarked on the powerful effect that their nurses had upon them and their treatment.

How Learning About Your Diagnosis Can Help You

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

With the month of May coming to an end, it means for many of us a lot more outdoor time in the months ahead, and doing what we can to stay healthy and safe. And for good reason, May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer affects many Americans. In 2014, there were more than 76,000 new melanoma diagnoses in the U.S. alone, and melanoma accounts for less than 2% of new skin cancer diagnoses each year.

The Cancer Support Community (CSC) provides a number of resources and support services for those affected by skin cancer.

A Very Modern (Family) Cancer Campaign

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

This new campaign by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eric Stonestreet of ABC’s Modern Family gives people the opportunity to “Raise your flag” in support of someone they know who is affected by cancer. In thirty seconds, anyone can create a virtual flag with the name of the person they support and share it on the Ready. Raise. Rise. page, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to let them know they’re not alone.

But that’s not the best part.

The 3 C’s of Oncology Nursing: Care, Compassion, Commitment

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Oncology nurses are on the front lines of patient care providing support and comfort along the cancer journey. According to the Gallup Poll, nurses are the most trusted profession and we would not attain this status without care, compassion and commitment–the theme of the 2015 Oncology Nursing Month (ONM).

In honor of ONM, I would like to highlight some of ONS’s policy efforts impacting the work of the oncology nurse and the patients we serve.

Unleash Your Voice!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Let’s face it. It can be easy to feel disconnected from the government. Sometimes you may feel like your voice isn’t important. But luckily, for the 13.7 million people in the United States impacted by cancer, that’s not the case. Your voice is VERY important! What many Americans don’t realize is that they have the power to not only make their voice heard, but also to be an advocate for people impacted by cancer.

Who Inspires Us?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Every year in April, we host our annual Spring Celebration—an elegant evening of dinner, dancing and fun with many of our close friends in the cancer community. We also take this night to honor and celebrate the strides made to help us achieve our mission, “to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.” This year we are honoring four special people who have inspired us and who have made significant contributions to the community. Learn more about the 2015 Founders Award Honorees:

4 Ways to Stress Less

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Have you ever found yourself feeling so stressed that you have to put things on hold? April is Stress Awareness Month, and the Cancer Support Community recognizes that a cancer diagnosis can influence stress levels. That is why we are celebrating the resources we have for stress management. These tips below can be used regularly to ensure healthy stress levels or during times when you feel especially stressed.

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