Moffitt holds ‘Strength for Caring’ Program

April 05, 2007

Tampa, FL- A free education and support program for cancer caregivers is being held Saturday, May 19, 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, Tampa.

The program, open to anyone caring for a cancer patient, will be facilitated by Miriam Innocenti, clinical social worker, Jill Blair, nurse practitioner and Heather Bell, registered dietician.       

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 communication skills. Caregivers are encouraged to share their experiences during the program and learn from each other.

Light breakfast and lunch is provided. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. the day of the program. Reservations can be made by May 14 by calling 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488).

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida on the University of South Florida campus, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute (www.moffitt.org) is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. 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 U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.