First Aired: December 29, 2013
We are focusing on the “secondary survivors” of cancer – the caregivers. These family members and friends serve in a multitude of roles – making decisions, advocating for the person in treatment, communicating with the medical team and patient, and as a hands-on care provider.
We are joined this evening by Carly Mesavitz, who is the Coordinator of Caregiver Services with CancerCare. Carly is a licensed clinical social worker, and she manages support groups and other support resources for those who help patients through treatment and survivorship.
Caregivers: here are some resources that may help you on your journey:
– Peer Connect – Cornucopia’s telephone-based, one-on-one support network for caregivers, patients and survivors.
– My Cancer Circle: An online support community just for caregivers, co-sponsored by CancerCare and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.
– Cancer Action Network (formerly National Family Caregivers Association) educates, supports and empowers those who care for those with disabilities or chronic illnesses, including cancer. 800-896-3650
– Family Caregiver Alliance provides a public voice for caregivers and offers online support groups. 800-445-8106
– National Alliance for Caregiving is a nonprofit coalition of national organizations that support caregivers.
– Well Spouse Association advocates for and supports those caring for a chronically ill or disabled spouse/partner.