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Opportunity to Participate in a Research Study

Posted November 4th, 2017

If you live in Calgary and have been diagnosed with testicular cancer, you have the opportunity to participate in a research study that aims to improve quality of life and treatment for future cancer patients.  Please see below for further details.

 

 

 

If you live in Calgary (AB), currently have testicular cancer or are a testicular cancer survivor, and are interested in taking part in research that could help improve quality of life and treatment for future cancer patients, we would like to talk with you. We are recruiting participants for a study with the hopes of gaining a better understanding of the unique challenges that testicular cancer and its treatment can present. This will be an opportunity to share your experience of testicular cancer with a qualified member of our research team while contributing valuable information to medical research. To volunteer to participate, or to learn more about this project, please contact David Mackay at 403-702-6404 or david.mackay@ucalgary.ca

 

Talking with Children and Teens about Cancer

Posted October 30th, 2017

If you’re looking for information and support to help you talk with children and teens about cancer, a variety of Canadian and international resources are available.

 

Canadian Resources

BC Cancer Agency: Children and the Family WebsitesThe BC Cancer Agency evaluated and compiled a list of helpful informational and support websites, printed materials, and multimedia for families and children who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

For more information, visit: bit.ly/BCCancerChildren

 

Canadian Cancer Society: Telling Children — The Canadian Cancer Society website offers information and strategies for talking with children about cancer.

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/CCSTellingChildren

 

Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology: Start the Talk website — Start the Talk is a comprehensive online resource for those who are seeking support regarding communication with children and teens about cancer. The website offers learning modules and videos that focus on a range of topics pertaining to talking with children and teens about cancer.

For more information, visit: https://startthetalk.ca/

 

 

International Resources

Several other organizations from around the world offer websites with information, strategies, and tips for talking with children about a variety of topics related to cancer.

 

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Talking with Your Children.

Visit: http://tinyurl.com/nbr64xz

 

American Cancer Society: Helping Children When a Family Member has Cancer: Dealing with Diagnosis.

Visit: bit.ly/ACSChildren

 

Australian Cancer Council – New South Wales. For Family and Friends.

Visit: www.cancercouncil.com.au/cancer-information/for-family-and-friends

                *For a printable booklet:  bit.ly/TalkingtoKids

 

Cancer Research UK. Talking to Children

Visit: bit.ly/UKTalkingtoChildren

 

National Cancer Institute (NCI). Talking to Children about Your Cancer

Visit: bit.ly/NCITalkingtoChildren

 

 

Additional Resources & Support

Telling Kids About Cancer is a website that provides a step-by-step process for talking with children about cancer, a conversation guide, and examples of conversations.

Visit:  www.tellingkidsaboutcancer.com

 

The book, When a Parent is Sick: Helping Parents Explain Serious Illness to Children, by Joan Hamilton, is a helpful resource for parents and family members (Pottersfield Press, 2007).

 

For further support, Psychosocial Oncology offers counseling to individuals and families.  To contact the Psychosocial Oncology Department, call:

403-355-3207 (Calgary)

780-643-4304 (Edmonton)

 

Free Upcoming Events for Individuals with Advanced Cancer and their Caregivers

Posted August 21st, 2017

Several free support events are available within Calgary for those who are living with advanced cancer or who are caring for someone with advancing disease.

The Department of Psychosocial Oncology offers a monthly support group for caregivers of those with advanced cancer.  Support groups provide a regular opportunity to address the complicated issues of caring for and about someone with advanced cancer.  Participants have the opportunity to share experiences, in a relaxed atmosphere, with others who are going through similar experiences.

 Wellspring Calgary offers a monthly Speaker Series for individuals with advanced cancer and their caregivers.  Speaker Series sessions provide comprehensive information and support regarding a range of topics (e.g., decision-making, communication with loved ones, and legacy) to help individuals and their caregivers navigate life with advancing cancer.

Further details about these services are provided, below.

 

 

Department of Psychosocial Oncology — Caregiver Support Group

– Free

– No referral required

– Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.

 

Who is the support group for?

Adult family members and close friends who are supporting someone with a chronic or progressive diagnosis of cancer, including metastatic (stage IV) cancer.  *No patients attend.

 

When does the support group meet?

The group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month, from 7:00PM – 8:30PM (except in December, which will be the 3rd Tuesday)

 

 Upcoming 2017 Group Dates:

August 22, 2017

September 26, 2017

October 24, 2017

November 28, 2017

December 19, 2017

 

 Where does the group meet?

Department of Psychosocial Oncology, Holy Cross Site – North Entrance

2202 2nd St., SW

Calgary, AB

*please ring bell located to the left of the door, as it is locked after hours

 

 Who facilitates the support group?

Lisa Lamont, Clinical Social Worker (403-355-3210)

Dr. Michael Speca, Clinical Psychologist (403-355-3216)

 

For more information, or to pre-register for a support group session, call:

(403) 355-3207

 

 

 

Wellspring – Advanced Cancer Speaker Series

 Information and support for individuals who are living with advanced cancer, and for those who are caring for someone with advancing disease.

– Facilitated by Bert Enns

– Open to the public

– Register for free

For session information, or to register, visit:  www.wellspringcalgary.ca

Or contact:   Carma House: (403) 521 – 5292; Fountain Court: (403) 747 – 0260

 

Tuesday, September 12 – Talking with Your Health Care Team about Treatments, Priorities and Decision-Making as Disease Advances

When:  Tuesday, September 12, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Where: Wellspring Carma House, 1404 Home Rd., NW, Calgary

Contact: (403) 521 – 5292

 

Tuesday, October 10 – Reframing Hope: Communicating with Family and Friends as Cancer Advances

When: Tuesday, October 10, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Where: Wellspring Fountain Court, #120, 703 64th Ave., SE, Calgary

Contact: (403) 747 – 0260

 

Tuesday, November 7 – Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID): A Personal, Medical, Legal Panel Discussion

When:  Tuesday, November 7, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Where: Wellspring Carma House, 1404 Home Rd., NW, Calgary

Contact: (403) 521 – 5292

 

Tuesday, November 28 – Legacy: Conversations and Intentional Acts of Love with Family and Friends

When: Tuesday, November 28, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Where: Wellspring Fountain Court, #120, 703 64th Ave., SE, Calgary

Contact: (403) 747 – 0260

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