Long-Distance Caregiving: Reaching out when a loved one has cancer
January 13, 2009
Hosted by Kim Thiboldeaux
In 2008, 1.4 million people were diagnosed with cancer, and today, there are 12 million cancer survivors living in the United States today. When you see these statistics, it becomes clear that everyone has somehow been affected by this disease. On this episode we’re going to talk about the important role of the cancer caregiver, but we’re going to focus issues specific to long-distance caregivers. There are approximately 7 million long-distance caregivers in the United States, and as cancer continues to become more of a chronic illness, the number of long-distance caregivers caring for and about someone with cancer will continue to increase. Guests include Virginia Green, PhD, caregiver and former participant at TWC-Redondo Beach; and Christine Winkler, PhD, MFT, facilitator of the Family Support group at TWC-Redondo Beach.
Frankly Speaking About Cancer with the Cancer Support Community
Tuesdays at 1 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel
Frankly Speaking About Cancer takes you on a journey through topics that inform and inspire people with cancer and their loved ones. Hosted by Cancer Support Community President and CEO, Kim Thiboldeaux, episodes tackle critical issues including: achieving the best care and quality of life, treatments of the future, the drug approval process, relieving stress and anxiety, life beyond treatment and talking to kids about cancer. Every week, Kim brings together the voices of noted physicians, researchers, nurses and social workers, as well as patients and caregivers from every walk of life with whom you can connect and draw inspiration. Timely and relevant, Frankly Speaking About Cancer guides you through the cancer maze and gives you the tools you need to live well. Frankly Speaking About Cancer with the Cancer Support Community is broadcast every Tuesday at 1 PM Pacific Time and 4 PM Eastern Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Network.
Kim Thiboldeaux joined The Wellness Community in 2000 as President and CEO. In November 2009, the headquarter offices of The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community, the largest provider of psychosocial cancer support worldwide. The combined organization is also likely the largest employer of psychosocial oncology support professionals, advancing the idea that psychosocial care is as important as medical care in the face of a cancer diagnosis. The Cancer Support Community provides social and emotional support through a network of nearly 50 local affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations and online. Kim has a wealth of experience in health care, patient education and national patient advocacy. She serves in numerous leadership roles including: founding board member of ENACCT (Education Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials), member of the National Advisory Board of the American Psycho-Oncology Society (APOS), and member of the Caregiving in America Advisory Group of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Human Development. Kim has appeared on Dr. Mehmet Oz (Oprah & Friends, XM Radio), ABC News Now, The Wall Street Journal and Prevention Magazine. She is the co-author of the award winning, The Total Cancer Wellness Guide (BenBella Books) which offers a roadmap for all people affected by cancer and tips on treatment decisions, side effect management, social and emotional issues and more.