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4 ways that caregivers can reduce holiday stress (w/VIDEO)

December 20, 2013 | by
Caregivers should take steps, including seeking support for themselves, to minimize stress over the holidays.
Providing care for someone with a serious illness can be full-time duty at any time of the year, but when compounded with holiday plans and obligations, the responsibility can be overwhelming. “There’s such a huge expectation of merriment and joy … that a caregiver simply may not be feeling,” said Natalie Schnaitmann, L.C.S.W., director of operations at City of Hope’s Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center, in the video above. Caregivers can be further stressed by holiday tasks such as organizing or attending social functions, buying gifts, sending cards and decorating the home. The pressure of things…

4 ways that cancer patients can reduce holiday stress (w/VIDEO)

December 9, 2013 | by
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For many people, the holidays are a time of joy and celebration. However, for patients with cancer and other serious illnesses — and for survivors — the season can be a time of overwhelming stress. “For a number of different reasons, [the holiday season] is stressful for a lot of people, and adding an illness or treatment to that can be a real challenge,” said Natalie Schnaitmann, L.C.S.W., director of operations at City of Hope’s Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center, in the video above. The holidays come with the time- and energy-consuming tasks of shopping,…

Biller Center: 5 years of patient-centered healing (w/VIDEO)

October 4, 2013 | by
Matt Loscalzo, L.C.S.W., Liliane Elkins Professor in Supportive Care Programs
Five years ago marked the opening of the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center, unifying City of Hope’s supportive care programs to better serve patients and caregivers. Half a decade later, the center and the integrated Department of Supportive Care Medicine have made major strides and become a national leader in the field of supportive cancer care. “We are so incredibly excited about the fifth anniversary of the Biller Resource Center … because it is built around what patients and family members told us they need,” said Matthew J. Loscalzo, L.C.S.W., Liliane Elkins Endowed…

Cancer: Benefits of beauty, personal care go more than skin deep

August 16, 2013 | by
Karen Butcher gets a hair cut at a pop-up salon event at City of Hope. Positive body image is an important component of patients' overall care, experts say.
Looking good makes you feel better. The Positive Image CenterSM at City of Hope sees the evidence daily, with more than 5,000 visits a year from patients seeking to look their best. Karen Butcher gets a hair cut at a pop-up salon event at City of Hope. Positive body image is an important component of patients’ overall care, experts say. For patients, the center can be much more convenient, and less stressful, than a salon. Many find that juggling daily life and cancer therapy doesn’t leave a lot of time for a trip to the salon.…

Better screening equals better patient support

July 2, 2013 | by
Matt Loscalzo, L.C.S.W., Liliane Elkins Professor in Supportive Care Programs
When facing a cancer diagnosis, patients and their caregivers may have trouble getting the supportive care they need; in fact, they may not even be fully aware of their challenges or the resources available to them. A $1.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute will train health professionals nationwide on various methods of patient screening, such as the SupportScreen app (screenshot shown above) Thus, it is key to screen patients so that persistent issues impacting treatment – from pain and nausea to depression and anxiety to financial and transportation obstacles – can be addressed…

Cymbalta can help manage pain from chemotherapy, study finds

April 4, 2013 | by
An antidepressant can help reduce pain from a side effect of chemotherapy treatment
Cancer patients treated with chemotherapy often experience side effects from the toxic compounds – the most common effects being nausea, vomiting and fatigue. Further, about 20 to 40 percent of patients who receive a category of chemotherapies known as neurotoxins can experience a painful condition known as chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. An antidepressant can help reduce pain from a side effect of chemotherapy treatment, new research suggests. This condition, caused by chemotherapy-induced nerve damage, can last months to years after chemotherapy treatment. Now, researchers from a national collaboration of hospitals and cancer centers have found that the…

Palliative care should be part of basic care, experts say

March 7, 2013 | by
With the demand for palliative care rising, all clinicians should be trained with basic symptom assessment and management skills, says a NEJM perspective article (photo credit: Stockbyte)
Doctors may specialize soon after leaving medical school, but they all possess basic clinical skills such as the ability to suture a wound or find a vein for blood draws. If two palliative care experts have their way, all physicians would have a primer on symptom relief, too. With the demand for palliative care rising, all clinicians should be trained in basic symptom assessment and management skills, says a NEJM perspective article. (Photo credit: Stockbyte) Since being recognized as a subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2006, palliative care has grown rapidly…

City of Hope classes help smooth the transition from cancer patient to cancer survivor

February 14, 2013 | by
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The number of cancer survivors has been steadily increasing, due in part to increased awareness of symptoms, improved screenings and, of course, better treatments. There are now approximately 12 million cancer survivors in the United States, greater than the population of New York City. The physical battle with cancer is just the beginning of the recovery process. But although the physical treatment eventually becomes a thing of the past, returning to a “normal” life isn’t always a cakewalk for newly minted cancer survivors. Only now are social workers, psychologists and other health-care workers turning their attention to cancer’s long-term impact.…

Bereavement during the holidays: 5 tips on coping with grief

December 21, 2012 | by
Grief during holidays
The third in a series on getting through the holidays … The loss of a loved one is extraordinarily painful regardless of the time of year, but the grief can seem almost impossible to bear during the holidays. Whether the death was unexpected or the result of a long illness such as cancer, those left behind aren’t focused on enjoying the holidays – they simply want to get through them. Feeling extra sad over the loss of a loved one is normal during the holidays, but experts say don’t grieve alone. (Credit: iStockphoto/Thinkstock) To do so, they…

Caregiving during the holidays: 5 ways to minimize stress

December 14, 2012 | by
Caregivers should take steps, including seeking support for themselves, to minimize stress over the holidays.
The second in a series on getting through the holidays … Caregiving for a cancer patient — or anyone with a serious illness — can be a full-time job for a patient’s family, friends or significant other, even under the most routine circumstances. Compound that with the activities and obligations of the holiday season, and a day’s schedule can seem Sisyphean. Caregivers should take steps, including seeking support for themselves, to minimize stress over the holidays. But with some support, planning and self-awareness, the tasks this time of year can be manageable, says Matthew Loscalzo, L.C.S.W.,…