Moffitt Cancer Center To Hold 'Caring For The Caregiver' Program June 28

May 28, 2008

Free seminar offers education, support for families and anyone caring for those with cancer

Tampa, FL – A free education and support program for family cancer caregivers will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Stabile Research Building at Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive.

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

“A cancer diagnosis means a change of life – not only for patients, but for those who love and care for them,” Innocenti said. “Nowadays, a person is a survivor the moment he or she is diagnosed with the disease.”  A survivor is also someone who shares the cancer experience, such as family caregivers, says the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The Caring for the Caregiver program helps cancer caregivers manage the side effects of treatment, as well as understand the role of nutrition, how cancer affects the family and how to manage stress. Caregivers also will learn problem-solving techniques and ways to improve communications skills and time management. Caregivers are encouraged to share their experiences during the program and learn from one another.

Light breakfast and lunch are provided. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. the day of the program. Reservations are required.  Please call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488) by June 24.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center (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, as well as for ear, nose and throat. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.

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