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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