Moffitt to hold free ‘strength for caring’ workshop May 13 to educate and support family cancer caregivers

April 13, 2006

Tampa, FL -- A free workshop for family cancer caregivers will be held May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Vincent A. Stabile Research Building at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, 12902 Magnolia Dr. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Deadline for registration is May 8. For reservations call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488). Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The workshop is open to anyone caring for someone with cancer. Moffitt’s Miriam Innocenti, clinical social worker; Jill Blair, A.R.N.P. and Heather Bell, R.D will facilitate the workshop. Topics include coping with changing family roles, improving caregivers’ physical and mental health, understanding cancer and its treatment, managing common side effects and meeting the physical and emotional needs of patients with cancer.

The Strength for Caring program, supported by Ortho Biotech Products, L.P., focuses on ways for caregivers to manage care at home, teaches valuable problem-solving techniques and ways to improve communications skills. Caregivers are encouraged to share their experiences during the workshop.

For more information on the conference, please contact Miriam Innocenti at (813) 745-6788.

In 2001, the National Cancer Institute awarded Moffitt the status of a Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to clinical --more-- trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country's leading cancer centers, and is listed in the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America. Moffitt's sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.