Support Group Connector

This resource was originally published by CancerCare.org here.

Online Support Groups

Online support groups take place using a password-protected message board format (not live chat) and are led by professional oncology social workers who offer support and guidance. Groups are held for 15 weeks at a time, and group members must register to join. After completing the registration process (which can take up to 2-3 business days), members can participate by posting in the groups 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Telephone Support Groups

Connect with other people from across the country who share similar concerns in weekly, regularly scheduled, one-hour sessions.

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Face-to-Face Support Groups

Led by CancerCare® oncology social workers at our offices in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey. Don’t live in the area? We can help you find face-to-face support groups in your own community.

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To learn more about CancerCare’s telephone and face-to-face support groups or to register, call 800‑813‑HOPE (4673).

Genomics and the Future of Cancer Treatment

This podcast was originally published by Cancer Care on October 15, 2018, here.

 

Topics Covered

  • Defining Genomics
  • The Role of the Pathologist
  • Microarrays & DNA Sequencing Technologies
  • The Role of Genomics in Your Treatment Choices
  • Family Cancer Syndromes
  • New Research on Genomics
  • Liquid Biopsies
  • Examples of How Genomics Help Identify Treatment Options
  • Key Questions to Ask Your Health Care Team about Genomic Testing and Its Benefits for You
  • Plans for Your Follow-Up Care
  • Questions for Our Panel of Experts

Our Panel of Experts

Raoul Tibes, MD, PhD

Director, Clinical Leukemia Program, Laura & Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center; Associate Professor, NYU School of Medicine, Scholar in Clinical Research, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, NYU Langone Health

Bob T. Li, MD, MPH

Medical Oncologist, Thoracic Oncology and Early Drug Development Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Sarah E. Kerr, MD

Consultant, Division of Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Genetics and Genomics, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Assistant Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Director, Molecular Anatomic Pathology Laboratory, Co-Director, Genomics Laboratory, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

Stewart B. Fleishman, MD

Former Founding Director, Cancer Support Services, Continuum Cancer Centers of New York, Author, Researcher in Oncology

Jessica M. Tarnowski, MGCS

Genetic Counselor, Department of Clinical Genomics, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

Carolyn Messner, DSW, OSW-C, FAPOS, FAOSW

Director of Education and Training, CancerCare

Understanding Diagnostic Technologies and Biomarkers

This podcast was originally published by Cancer Care on May 6, 2015, here.

 

Topics Covered

Our Panel of Experts

Richard J. Gralla, MD, FACP

Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Al B. Benson, III, MD, FACP, FASCO

Professor of Medicine, Associate Director for Clinical Investigations, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University

Sarah E. Kerr, MD

Senior Associate Consultant, Division of Anatomic Pathology, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Assistant Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic

Charles L. Loprinzi, MD

Regis Professor of Breast Cancer Research, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Caroline Edlund, MSW

Online Support Group Program Director, CancerCare

Precision Medicine in Cancer Treatment

This podcast was originally published by Cancer Care on June 29, 2016, here.

Topics Covered

Overview of Precision Medicine

  • Precision Medicine in the Treatment of Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Prostate Cancer & Lymphoma
  • Talking with Your Health Care Team about Precision Medicine
  • Questions for Our Panel of Experts

Panel of Experts

Edith P. Mitchell, MD, FACP, FCPP

Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology, Program Leader, Gastrointestinal Oncology, Department of Medical Oncology, Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, Associate Director, Diversity Affairs, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, President, National Medical Association

Alan H. Bryce, MD

Vice Chair, Division of Hematology & Medical Oncology, Director, Genomic Oncology Service, Mayo Clinic Arizona

Al B. Benson, III, MD, FACP, FASCO

Professor of Medicine, Associate Director for Cooperative Groups, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University

Leo I. Gordon, MD, FACP

Abby and John Friend Professor of Cancer Research, Professor in Medicine, Director, Lymphoma Program, Co-Director, Hematologic Malignancies Program, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Medical Director of the John and Lillian Matthews Center for Cellular Therapy

Justin F. Gainor, MD

Instructor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Assistant in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Sarah Kelly, MSW

Older Adult Program Coordinator, CancerCare

Care Coordination for Your Loved One Living with Cancer and Other Health Problems

This podcast was originally published by Cancer Care.org on June 17, 2019, here.

 

 

Topics Covered

  • Overview of Cancer & Co-Morbidities
  • The Role of Caregivers in Care Coordination for People Living with Cancer & Co-Morbidities
  • Tips for Communicating with the Health Care Team about Care Coordination
  • Challenges of Coordinating Your Loved One’s Care & Follow-Up Appointments
  • Adherence – Taking Pills on Schedule
  • Lead time in Refilling Prescriptions & Planning for Visitors, Weekends, Special Occasions, Travel & Holidays
  • Resources for the Costs of Care, including Homecare
  • Finding the Practical Help You Need: Co-Pay Foundations & Federal, State & Local Programs
  • Legal Advocacy Tips for Caregivers
  • Learning How to Appeal Insurance, Medical, Medicaid & Provider Denials
  • Other Resources, VA Benefits & Family Medical Leave Act/FMLA
  • Tips on Choosing Community & Medical Resources to Improve Your Quality-of-Life
  • Time Saving Self-Care/Self-Advocacy Tips for Caregivers
  • Questions for Our Panel of Experts

Our Panel of Experts

Stewart B. Fleishman, MD

Former Founding Director, Cancer Support Services, Continuum Cancer Centers of New York, Author, Researcher in Oncology

Guadalupe R. Palos, RN, MSW, DrPH

Clinical Protocol Administrative Manager, Office of Cancer Survivorship, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Debra J. Wolf, Esq.

Senior Supervising Attorney, LegalHealth, New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)

Carolyn Messner, DSW, OSW-C, FAPOS, FAOSW

Director of Education and Training, CancerCare

Current Perspectives on the Treatment of Relapsed/Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

This podcast was originally published by CancerCare on June 20, 2019, here.

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Topics Covered

  • Review of CLL
  • Significant Role of Testing in Informing Your Treatment Choices
  • First Line Treatment Options
  • Treatment of Relapsed/Refractory CLL
  • Importance of Re-Testing in Determining Treatment for 2nd and 3rd Line Treatments
  • Current Perspectives on New & Emerging Treatments for CLL
  • Key Questions to Ask & Re-Ask Your Health Care Team
  • Practical & Psychosocial Support to Cope with CLL
  • Questions for Our Panel of Experts

Our Panel of Experts

Alexey V. Danilov, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

Lindsey E. Roeker, MD

Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellow, Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Patricia Koffman

Co-Founder and Executive Director, CLL Society Inc.

Carolyn Messner, DSW, OSW-C, FAPOS, FAOSW

Director of Education and Training, CancerCare

Valerie share’s her story for AML Awareness Month

This video was originally published by CancerCare on June 17, 2016, here.

 

Medical Update on Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)

This podcast was originally published on cancercare.org by Mary-Elizabeth Percival, Eytan M. Stein, Carolyn Messner on June 14, 2019, you can find it here.

 

Topics Covered

  • Overview of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
  • Current Treatment Approaches
  • Transplantation as a Treatment Option for AML
  • New Therapies
  • The Role of Clinical Trials: How They Increase Your Treatment Options
  • Clinical Trial Updates
  • Symptom, Side Effect & Pain Management Tips
  • Key Questions to Ask Your Health Care Team
  • Quality-of-Life Concerns
  • Questions for Our Panel of Experts

Panel of Experts

Mary-Elizabeth Percival, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology), University of Washington, Assistant Member (Clinical Research Division), Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Attending Physician, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Eytan M. Stein, MD

Hematologic Oncologist, Clinical Trialist, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Leukemia Service, Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Carolyn Messner, DSW, OSW-C, FAPOS, FAOSW

Director of Education and Training, CancerCare