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Sara Goldberger is the Senior Director of Program at Cancer Support Community. She is responsible for the development of new programs and special projects and ensuring quality standards of program delivery across the affiliate network. Sara has worked in the field of psychosocial oncology for the past 19 years, most recently the Director of Program Support at Gilda’s Club Worldwide. Previously, she served as the Program Director of Gilda’s Club Westchester for 6 years. Sara began her social work career at Calvary Hospital, Bronx NY, an acute care hospital for terminally ill cancer patients. She received her MSW from Columbia University in New York were she was the Dean’s Award Scholar in recognition of excellence in both academics and clinical work in the field.

What to do When There’s a Drug Shortage

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

In recent years the number of drugs that are in short supply has been increasing, including drugs used to treat cancer. Most of these shortages are for drugs that are injected, or given intravenously. Some of these shortages are short-term and are caused by problems with shipping and ordering. Sometimes these shortages last longer. This is especially true when the shortage is caused by problems in the manufacturing of the drugs. If you have been diagnosed with cancer and are getting chemotherapy as part of your treatment, it is understandable that you would be concerned about a possible drug shortage.

Making a Decision About Cancer Treatment

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The good news in recent years is that there are more and more types of treatment for many kinds of cancer. No longer does “one size fit all” when you are making a decision about the type of treatment you’ll receive. More good news is that increasingly people are making these decisions jointly with their health care team as a part of shared decision making.

The challenge is that having to make these complicated treatment decisions can leave people feeling overwhelmed and confused. This is because for many people there is more than one treatment choice, and each of these choices has advantages and disadvantages.

Can We Chat?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Need a local referral for a wig? Have questions to ask your health care team but just can’t seem to get the questions organized? Feeling helpless and overwhelmed by the recent diagnosis of a loved one? Want to find a local Cancer Support Community? Live Chat at the Cancer Support Helpline may be just what you need. The Cancer Support Helpline has just added an easy to use new feature that will get you connected to the help you need.

Finding meaning and purpose in life after a cancer diagnosis

Friday, February 1, 2013

Hearing the words “you have cancer” is a life changing event that for many people causes stress, fear and loneliness. Although life will almost certainly change dramatically, for many people this can bring some positive changes. A diagnosis of cancer can be a chance to try to understand the greater purpose or reason behind your life. This search for meaning can often lead to a greater understanding of yourself and others and clarify for you what really matters. People report feeling a greater sense of inner peace and satisfaction with life. While no one is happy to receive a diagnosis of cancer, many people have used the experience to identify things in their lives that they would like to change. Finding meaning and purpose is not a constant search and for each person the process will be different. Many people find that that their perspective and what is meaningful will change over time depending on their unique situation.

How to Start a Cancer Support Group in Your Community

Thursday, December 13, 2012

“How can I start a support group?” is a question I am often asked. For people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones, there is increasing evidence that support groups can be beneficial in improving not only the day-to-day quality of life but also on your chances of survival. For some it is relatively easy to find a local group, and there are also telephone and online support groups available. However, for those of you unable to locate a group that fits your needs, here are some suggestions on how to start a support group—but look before you leap!