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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
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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

Psychologists

Psychiatrists

Chaplains

Patient educators

Volunteers

Researchers

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
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What’s Happening at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center
  • Monthly Calendar
  • cancer.ucsd.edu
  • 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
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