The initial phase of cancer diagnosis and treatment is often overwhelming for patients and families, leaving them little time or energy to obtain information. As a result, many feel ill-equipped to formulate appropriate questions and identify resources that can help them cope. Existing orientation programs often run over a period of consecutive weeks and are inconvenient for those undergoing treatment. With that in mind, Cancer Basics was developed to provide necessary information, but in a convenient, one-hour session.
The Cancer Basics program, created by the Cancer Institute, provides concise information on cancer development, staging, treatment, coping skills and community resources to newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families.
Designed by an interdisciplinary committee of educators, social workers, nurses, and cancer registrars, Cancer Basics is presented in easy-to-understand language and avoids medical jargon. The program's four components include:
- Cancer biology and development
- Diagnosis and staging
- Types of treatment
- Psychosocial issues and coping resources
Participants also receive a folder of resource information.
If you have any questions or would like more information about Cancer Basics, please call the Cancer Institute at (570) 941-7984 or (800) 424-6724, or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Laura Toole, LSW, MSS, MLSP