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Medical treatment makes life possible; patient and family support makes living with cancer possible

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Living Well With Cancer

Medical treatment makes life possible; patient and family support makes living with cancer possible

Danielle Casden, PhD

Education and Psychosocial Program

Development Manager

Patient family support services
Patient & Family Support Services

  • Providing a safety net of caring support during a difficult time

  • Helping to ease the emotional, psychological and practical burdens of cancer

  • Ensuring that you never feel alone

Patient family support services1
Patient & Family Support Services

  • Unique integrated team of cancer experts

  • Tailored to meet needs of patients and family members

  • Scientific evaluation of all programs to ensure quality and usefulness

  • Programs designed to:

    • Enhance medical treatment

    • Maximize coping

    • Improve Quality of life

The science of caring team

Social workers




Patient educators



The Science of Caring Team

Cancer can affect quality of life
Cancer can affect quality of life

  • Functional

  • Physical

  • Psychological

  • Social

  • Spiritual

Services available to you and your family
Services Available to You and Your Family

  • Support Groups

  • Mind/Body Interventions

  • Expressive art groups

  • Educational seminars and workshops

  • Social Work Services

  • Individual, couples and family therapy

  • Psychiatric care

  • Patient and Family Resource Center

Supportive expressive groups
Supportive-Expressive Groups

Obtain emotional support and practical advice from others going through a similar experience with cancer

Current UCSD Groups:

  • Patient & Caregiver Group

  • Lung Cancer Patient Support Group

Mind body interventions
Mind-Body Interventions

  • Mind and Body Wellness Workshop

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program

Creative expression
Creative Expression

Express feelings, explore your creativity, and have fun!

Current Programs:

  • Writing Through Cancer: expressive writing workshop

Education seminars and workshops
Education Seminars and Workshops

  • Look Good…Feel Better

  • Lymphedema Prevention Class

  • Monthly Nutrition Lectures

  • Healing Foods Kitchen Cooking Classes

Social work services
Social Work Services

  • Cope with you cancer diagnosis

  • Communicate with your medical team

  • Access cancer information

  • Find resources for practical needs

  • Locate supportive services

Psychological psychiatric services
Psychological & Psychiatric Services

  • Psychological/psychiatric assessment

  • Individual, couples, and family therapy

  • Medication evaluation and management

Patient family resource center

Patient & Family Resource Center

Your cancer information resource

  • Informative Books, brochures, and videos

  • Internet access and reputable links

  • Donated comfort items

  • Trained volunteers – many cancer survivors

What’s Happening at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center

  • Monthly Calendar


  • Literature Display in Lobby

  • CC Browser

Patient advisory council pac
Patient Advisory Council (PAC)

  • Innovative Council comprised of patients, family caregivers, faculty and staff

  • Advises the Cancer Center Leadership

  • Action oriented making specific recommendations

  • Chaired by family caregiver

  • Meets monthly since October 2004

How can we help you and your family
How Can We Help You and Your Family?

  • Information

  • Support

  • Assistance

  • Resources

  • Coping Skills

  • Connection