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Features Health & Wellness Cancer patients, caregivers offered free phone workshops...

...to help experience with disease

Finding out a loved one has cancer can be one of the most difficult things a person will ever have to experience, but caregivers who offer friendship, love and support to the family member or friend diagnosed with the disease do not have to go through the experience alone. The American Cancer Society hosts a series of telephone workshops for family, caregivers and friends to learn about information and support related to caring for a loved one with cancer.

“Caring for someone with cancer can be hard. Finding help shouldn’t be,” said Patricia P. Hoge, RN, PhD, executive vice president of mission delivery and medical affairs for the American Cancer Society’s South Atlantic Division. “Working together with caregivers can help loved ones get well and provide the support family and friends need through every step of their cancer experience.”

Workshops include tips and practical problem solving techniques, as well as time for questions and discussion. Participation is free to residents of Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. No phone charges apply.

Workshop topics include:

— Spirituality and the Caregiving Experience - Tuesday, March 8, from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

— The Male Caregiver: Helping Men Care for Their Loved Ones with Cancer - Tuesday, April 12, from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

— Advance Directives: Crucial Conversations for Caregivers - Tuesday, May 10, from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Telephone workshops are led by American Cancer Society patient advocates, trained Clinical Social Workers available to assist cancer patients and caregivers with problems such as loss of income or lack of health insurance, locating community resources, and providing assistance with the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis.

To register for the telephone workshops, contact the American Cancer Society at (800) 966-3586 or visit www.cancer.org/sacaregiverworkshops.


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