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New Research on Eating and Nutrition Released at ASCO 2018

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Today is the final day of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual conference, which is the largest gathering of oncology professionals from around the world.

Throughout the conference, we’ve posted blogs sharing our latest research on gastric cancer and melanoma. Today’s blog is a short post covering our research on patient-clinician communication about eating and nutrition.

New Research on Melanoma Survivors Released at ASCO 2018

Monday, June 4, 2018

Last Friday, you may have seen a post on our blog explaining that we will be sharing three Q-and-A blogs sharing the significance of our latest research abstracts at the American Society of Oncology’s annual conference that will greatly impact people affected by cancer.

Today’s blog covers our latest research on communication between melanoma patients and their health care team.

Below see our second Q-and-A with our President, Linda House, on the topic.

The Cancer Support Community Releases Research at ASCO

Friday, June 1, 2018

From today through June 5, we will be at the largest gathering of oncology professionals from around the world in Chicago, Illinois.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual conference is a fantastic opportunity for us to share three exciting new research abstracts that will greatly impact people affected by cancer.

Throughout the conference, we will post a series of short Q-and-A blogs explaining the significance of our findings. Today’s blog covers our latest research on communication between gastric cancer patients and their health care team.

Demystifying Distress Screening

Monday, March 26, 2018

Whether you are familiar with the phrase distress screening or are seeing it for the first time, the results we are sharing will show how important this tool is for patients diagnosed with cancer.

Low Cost, High Reward: A Stepped Care Program for Psychological Distress

Monday, March 5, 2018

Financial considerations may hinder the use of psychosocial care among cancer patients. Indeed, research has debated the extent to which patients are willing to pay for the costs associated with successful psychosocial interventions. A recent article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, however, suggests that cost-effective programs are not only attainable, but that they also have promising implications for the well-being of distressed cancer patients.

How to overcome sleepless nights after cancer

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

How often do you feel pressure to get a good night’s sleep? We often read news headlines about the health effects of sleep deprivation (perhaps at 3 a.m. when we can’t sleep). For some, feeling like we need “enough” sleep can become internalized and take on a life of its own in our thoughts. This, in turn, certainly does not help induce sleep.

Worry about sleep affects a huge segment of the population, particularly those who have been diagnosed with cancer. While problems sleeping are certainly not unique to those with cancer, the prevalence of insomnia among those diagnosed is estimated at between 30-60% at some point during or after treatment.

Experiences of Melanoma Patients and Caregivers

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Cancer Support Community constantly strives to better understand the experiences of patients and caregivers to best meet their needs. Often we conduct in-depth surveys on specific concerns or cancer diagnoses when we are considering adding or modifying programs. This past spring, we conducted such a survey of individuals (both patients and caregivers) affected by melanoma. We, along with partner organizations, conducted an online survey of 140 individuals diagnosed with melanoma and 64 caregivers assessing experiences, beliefs, attitudes, preferences for information and support.

Exploring Health Disparities in Cancer-Related Distress

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Anyone who faces a cancer diagnosis is at risk for experiencing an elevated risk of distress. A study by the Cancer Experience Registry of the Cancer Support Community provides convincing evidence that culture can have a powerful impact on the type and degree of that distress.

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.

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.

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