Your Guide to Support Services for You and Your Family
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Patient and Family Support
Find the help you need beyond medical treatment.
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A Welcome Message from President Fisher
Find out about our unique cancer-fighting approach.
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Caregiver Resource Guide
You may not think of yourself as a “caregiver,” but any person who supports a patient during treatment has taken on this key role. Caring for a loved one who has cancer is important and rewarding, but it isn’t easy. We hope this guide, prepared by the Caregiver Resource Task Force, will help you, your team, and your loved one.
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There are multiple web sites that can be useful to patients and their families. Some of these will provide information about cancer and its treatment while others focus on support or advocacy services. In addition to obtaining information, it is also possible to locate an on-line support group or voice messaging system to connect with others who are dealing with cancer. The following web sites will give you information you can trust:
- American Cancer Society
- The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- Cancer Care, Inc
- National Cancer Institute
- National Cancer Institute's Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
- Armstrong, L. It's Not About the Bike. New York, Putnam, 2000.
- Borysenko, J. Minding the Body, Mending the Mind. Reading, MA. Addison-Wesley, 1987.
- Buckman, R. What You Really Need to Know About Cancer. Baltimore, MA, 1997.
- Live Strong: Inspirational Stories From Cancer Survivors. Lance Armstrong Foundation. Broadway, 2005.
- Groopman, J. The Anatomy of Hope: How Patients Prevail in the Face of Illness. 2005.
- Harpham, W.S. After Cancer: A Guide to Your New Life. New York: HarperPerennial, 1995.
- Harpham, W.S. When a Parent Has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children. New York: Harper Collins, 1997. (Includes "Becky and the Worry Cup", an illustrated children's book that tells the story of a seven-year-old girl's experience with her mother's cancer)
- Heiney, Sue, Hermann, J. Bruss, K, Fincannon, J. Cancer in the Family: Helping Children Cope With a Parent's Illness. American Cancer Society, 2001
- Hoffman, Barbara (Ed.). A Cancer Survivor's Almanac. Minneapolis, MN: Chronimed Publishing, 1996
- Holland, Jimmie. The Human Side of Cancer. Living With Hope; Coping With Uncertainty, New York, Harper Collins, 2000
- Houts, Peter and Julie Bucher. Caregiving: A Step By-Step Resource for Caring for the Person with Cancer at Home. American Cancer Society, 2000.
- Hermann, J. Cancer Support Groups: A Guide for Facilitators. American Cancer Society, 2003.
- Lauria, Marie, Clark, E. Hermann, J., Stearns, N. Social Work in Oncology: Supporting Survivors, Families and Caregivers. American Cancer Society, 2001.
- Lerner, M. Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996.
- Lynn, Joanne. Handbook for Mortals. New York, Oxford University Press, 1999
- McCue, K. How to Help Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996.
- Moyers,B. Healing and The Mind. New York: Doubleday, 1993.
- Patient Resource: A Cancer Treatment and Facilities Guide for Patients and Their Families. Patient Resource Publishing, 2007. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Remen, Rachel. Kitchen Table Wisdom. New York: Riverhead Books, 1996
- Schimmel, Selma. Cancer Talk. New York: Broadway Books, 1999.
- Spingarn, Natalie Davis. The New Cancer Survivors. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1999.
- Spiegel, David. Minding The Body: Psychotherapy for Extreme Situations. Philadelphia, Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital, 1996
- Zinn, John-Kabot. Full Catastrophe Living. New York, Delacort Press, 1990