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By Julie Komanetsky, Vice President, Patient and Family Services, The National Children's Cancer Society  |  Aug 15, 2019

Help for Pediatric Cancer Patient Caregivers

By definition, parents are their child’s number one caregiver. However, when that child has cancer, “caregiving” takes on a completely new meaning and many new challenges. Consider the journey: A child is born, and the proud parents wait for a little cry.  They count ten fingers and ten toes and…more.

Categories: Caregiving, General
By Krista Zodet, President, HealthWell Foundation  |  Nov 27, 2018

Cancer: Taking Care of the Mind and the Body

This post marks the final article in our series on cancer-related behavioral health. As the founding sponsor of Real World Health Care, the HealthWell Foundation has been honored to raise awareness of the behavioral health needs of cancer patients and to shine a spotlight on the organizations that participated in…more.

Categories: Behavioral Health, General
By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Nov 7, 2018

What Comes Next: How to Find the Right Therapist

For the past several months, Real World Health Care has focused on the behavioral health issues that can impact people living with cancer, their caregivers and their loved ones. We’ve brought you insights from therapists, social workers and mental health professionals, and we’ve highlighted the numerous resources available from a…more.

Categories: Behavioral Health, General
By Jean Rowe, LCSW, OSW-C, CJT, Associate Director of Support Services, Young Survival Coalition  |  Oct 24, 2018

Young Adult Cancer Survivors Need Special Support

Young adults are at a certain stage of life development when diagnosed with cancer. They may be thinking about career decisions (i.e. do I stay in this job, go back to school or seek something new), where they want to live (e.g. hometown or move to another city), independently living…more.

Categories: Behavioral Health, General
By Maryrose Mongelli, MSW, LMSW, Women's Cancers Program Coordinator, CancerCare  |  Oct 10, 2018

Effects of Parental Cancer on Children and Adolescents

Cancer is a chronic and sometimes terminal illness that impacts the person physically, emotionally and often financially. Time becomes a commodity, and the fragility of life becomes salient, often accompanied by an increase in humility and gratitude. Life often gets turned upside down; familial roles might change and a family…more.

Categories: Behavioral Health, General
By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Sep 26, 2018

“Triaging” Cancer and Behavioral Health Concerns

This week, Real World Health Care shines a spotlight on Triage Cancer, a national, non-profit organization that provides education on the practical and legal issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers, through events, materials and resources.  We spoke with Joanna L. Morales, Esq., CEO of Triage…more.

Categories: Behavioral Health, General
By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Sep 12, 2018

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Teens and Young Adults with Cancer

This week, Real World Health Care focuses on the special behavioral health issues that can impact teens and young adults with cancer. We are delighted to share information on this topic from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and to feature insights from Tammy A. Schuler, PhD, a Licensed…more.

Categories: Behavioral Health, General
By Ashley Goodman, Executive Assistant & Social Media Manager, Kidney Cancer Association  |  Aug 29, 2018

Strength In Numbers: How Peer Support Empowers Those Coping with Cancer

Online peer support groups are growing and it’s easy to see why. Peer support groups offer those dealing with a difficult diagnosis such as cancer, the chance to find empowerment, support and guidance from other members who are going through a similar situation. Inspire, which is an online patient-driven community,…more.

Categories: Behavioral Health, General
By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Aug 15, 2018

Childhood Cancer: Financial Distress Hits Families Hard

This week, Real World Health Care focuses on emotional stress associated with childhood cancer. We hear from Jessica Cook, MSW, Patient & Family Services Coordinator for the National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS), about the services NCCS offers to help patients’ families cope with the disease’s devastating financial toll. Supporting Families…more.

Categories: Behavioral Health, General
By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Aug 1, 2018

Biopsychosocial Care Vital to Well-Being of Cancer Patients

This week, Real World Health Care brings you an interview with Jon Levenson, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, and member of the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. Dr. Levenson spoke about some of the challenges facing psychiatrists and integrated health teams when caring…more.

Categories: Behavioral Health, General
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