September 07, 2006

TAMPA, Fla. - A free education and support program for family cancer caregivers is being held Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vincent A. Stabile Research Building at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, 12902 Magnolia Drive.

The program is free and open to anyone caring for someone with cancer. Reservations can be made by Oct. 9 by calling 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488). Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Moffitt’s Miriam Innocenti, clinical social worker; Jill Blair, nurse practitioner; and Heather Bell, registered dietician, will facilitate the program.

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 OrthoBiotech Products, L.P., focuses on ways for caregivers to manage care at home. It teaches valuable problem-solving techniques and ways to improve communications skills. Caregivers are encouraged to share their experiences during the program in order to learn from each other.

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 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