Moffitt Cancer Center to Hold ‘Caring for the Caregiver’ Program Nov. 13

October 13, 2010

TAMPA, Fla. — A free education and support program for family cancer caregivers is being held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Vincent A. Stabile Research Building at Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive.

“Caring for the Caregiver,” open to anyone caring for a cancer patient, will be facilitated by Moffitt professionals, including a clinical social worker, nurse practitioner and registered dietitian.

Topics include:

  • How cancer affects the family 
  • How to manage stress
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Side effects to monitor

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

The program will provide cancer caregivers with 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 will be provided. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 13. Reservations are needed by Nov. 8.  Please call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488).

About Moffitt Cancer Center

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 14 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.