Cancer is more than just a physical disease. Social workers help support people as they deal with the emotional toll that cancer can cause.
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Connecting with other cancer patients in a support group can decrease isolation, provide additional support, and help reduce stress, according to Lisa Gauchay, MSW, LCSW, a social worker at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Lisa runs a support group for patients with metastatic breast cancer. The group meets once a month, discussing different topics that include how to cope with grief, bucket list ideas, and the process of dying. Patients who participate in the support group often create lasting friendships by connecting with others who are going through similar experiences.
Having cancer is hard on a person. So is taking care of someone who has it. Even after successful treatment, cancer and its treatments have side effects that can lower your quality of life. The good news is scientific evidence shows that mindfulness practices can help relieve these side effects. Mindfulness helps you keep your thoughts focused on the present. Breathing and movement techniques help you stay in the moment and relax. Huntsman Cancer Institute offers mindfulness classes and activities for patients and caregivers.
Dealing with cancer can be stressful for patients and their families. At Huntsman Cancer Institute, trained facilitators teach simple, proven techniques to ease anxiety and stress in only a few minutes. These upcoming classes and events are open to patients and caregivers to recenter and de-stress.
Pain is one of the most common and complex symptoms experienced by cancer patients. It can affect a person’s physical, emotional, psychological, and social health. Huntsman Cancer Institute has a team of experts specially trained in treating cancer-related pain and its many side effects.
This time of year can be stressful on its own. But when combined with a life-changing illness, it can seem overwhelming. These tips will help you get through holidays with less stress and more pleasure.
It can be hard for adults to understand cancer, let alone kids. These resources can help parents explain to children what cancer means and how to help kids cope with their emotions.
Support groups and special retreats are helpful for many people with cancer. Merica Hale found a healing place to relax and meet women diagnosed with breast cancer who could offer each other support.
Research shows that art activities provide measureable health benefits to people at all stages of the cancer journey, letting them live better and healthier lives.
Cancer can be a life-altering experience for patients and their loved ones. Recovering your sense of who you are and how you will live your life going forward are important aspects of your recovery and survivorship.
Gratitude is a spiritual act practiced around the world by religious and non-religious people. Being grateful may benefit more than just life outlook. Studies show that practicing gratitude can contribute to a sense of well-being, promote healing, and help with coping in difficult situations such as cancer treatment.
Finding the right words when a loved one has cancer can be difficult. Like any other person facing a difficult time, your loved one needs to know that he or she is not alone. Here are some tips to help you keep communications open.