Moffitt Cancer Center To Host Caring For The Caregiver Program

October 19, 2009

Tampa, FL- Moffitt Cancer Center will host a free education and support program for family cancer caregivers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Ferman Family Conference room at the Vincent A. Stabile Research Building, 12902 Magnolia Drive.

Clinical social worker Miriam Innocenti; nurse practitioner Jill Van Schaick; and registered dietitian Heather Bell-Temin will lead the program.

 “A cancer diagnosis changes lives  not only for cancer patients, but for those who love and care for them,” Innocenti said. “Caregivers must care about and for themselves as much as they care for the patient. Their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being depends upon it.”

The Caring for the Caregiver program helps guide caregivers through the daily challenges of caring for a cancer patient. The program will help caregivers understand how to manage side effects of treatment, the role of nutrition, how cancer affects the family, and how to manage stress. They also will learn problem-solving techniques and ways to improve communications skills and time management.

The program strives to unite cancer caregivers to increase the optimal well-being of the caregiver, the patient and their families. Caregivers are encouraged to share their experiences during the program and learn from one another.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Reservations are required. Please call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488) by Oct. 23.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center 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.