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By Mary Hanley, LMSW, Oncology Social Worker, CancerCare  |  Aug 28, 2019

From CancerCare: The Importance of Cancer Caregivers in Medical Settings

Being the primary caregiver to a cancer patient is a long, intense experience both physically and emotionally. The cancer caregiver often experiences all the highs and lows of the patient’s cancer journey and is there to observe every detail, for better or for worse. This makes the caregiver a beacon…more.

Categories: Caregiving, General
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 Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Jul 17, 2019

Calling for A Culture of Caring

When someone becomes ill with a chronic disease such as cancer or multiple sclerosis, theirs is not the only life that changes. Indeed, their illness can impact friends, co-workers, and most particularly, their family members. Nowhere is that impact felt more strongly than by the family caregiver: the person whom…more.

By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  May 22, 2019

Lung Cancer: Being a Better Caregiver

This week, Real World Health Care continues our series on caregiving by speaking with Deborah P. Brown, Chief Mission Officer of the American Lung Association. Brown oversees strategic planning and implementation of the Association’s health promotions programs, advocacy efforts and research programs. We talked about lung cancer programs and services…more.

By Jon Radulovic, Vice President, Communications, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization  |  May 8, 2019

Talk about your Health Care Choices before you’re Faced with a Crisis

A family is gathered by the bedside of a loved one who has been seriously ill, and now is likely near the end of life. Each member of the family has a different idea of what should be done and what their loved one would have wanted. That’s the point…more.

Categories: Caregiving, General
By Jonathan Morse, National Board of Directors, Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation  |  Apr 24, 2019

Sjögren’s Syndrome: Reflections of a Caregiver

April is Sjögren’s Awareness Month. This article is reprinted with permission of the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation. It was originally published in The Moisture Seekers, Volume 37, Issue 03. Today is not terribly different from any other day. It begins….slowly. There is no way to know how my wife will feel.…more.

Categories: Caregiving, General
By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Apr 10, 2019

Lung Cancer Caregivers in the Spotlight at COPE Summit

This April marks the LUNGevity Foundation‘s second COPE Summit, held during its 9th Annual International Lung Cancer Survivorship Conference, April 26-28 in Washington, D.C. Directed toward caregivers of loved ones with lung cancer, the COPE Summit is one of three simultaneous summits at the Conference, which features a full weekend…more.

By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Mar 27, 2019

MS Care Partners Crucial to Circle of Support

This week, Real World Health Care closes our observance of MS Awareness Month by highlighting the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) and the full circle of support it offers to patients and their care partners. We spoke with Angel Blair, MA, client services specialist, who stressed the importance of…more.

By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Mar 13, 2019

Navigating Secondary Progressive MS

Real World Health Care continues our observance of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month by shining a spotlight on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. We spoke with Kathy Costello, MS, ANP-BC, MSCN, associate vice president of Healthcare Access for the National MS Society, about the Society’s MS Navigator program and strategies that…more.

By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Jan 30, 2019

Along the Caregiving Journey

In our first interview for our 2019 caregiving series, Real World Health Care spoke with Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN, senior vice president and director of AARP’s Public Policy Institute and chief strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America. We talked with Dr. Reinhard about the many challenges facing people…more.

Categories: Caregiving, General
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