A monthly newsletter from the Cancer Learning Center • September 2011 - Issue 74 Staying Connected
Who do I tell? What do I tell them? Tese are two important decisions every cancer patient must make.
Some patients want only their closest friends and family members to know about the cancer. Others want extended family and co-workers to be aware. Each patient has the right to decide what information to share. Te decision is always the patient’s.
Staying connected to family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers gives important emotional support. Sometimes it’s hard to express fears and feelings about cancer. Honest, sincere communication keeps relationships close.
Questions About Cancer?
The Cancer Learning Center (CLC) gives you the answers you need—in person, by phone, or by e-mail. The CLC library has more than 3,000 books, videos, CDs, and audiobooks on a variety of cancer topics that anyone can check out free. Talk one-on- one with trained and caring staff, or send an e-mail for answers to your cancer questions.
Visit the first floor of Huntsman Cancer Institute
Many patients post updates on blogs and social media to keep friends and family informed about their treatment and progress.
If You Know Someone Who Has Cancer
Remember both patient and family can feel overwhelmed by the situation. Tey may welcome phone calls and e-mails to wish them well, but they may not be able to respond to each one with a thank you or an update on the patient’s condition.
Many patients use social media and blogs as ways to communicate with family and friends. Often a patient will designate a family member to post updates on treatments, progress toward recovery, pictures with captions, and thank-yous to health care workers and well-wishers. Depending on the website, family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers may post messages to the patient.
Most of these sites are free, easy to navigate, and only require Internet access. Our Cancer Learning Center staff are always happy to help patients and caregivers find and use these free online services.
Yoga classes for current and former patients and their families
Tuesdays 5–6 p.m. Fridays 10–11 a.m.
For more information, call the Wellness Center at 801-587-4585.
Share Stories with Future Generations
YourStory helps cancer patients, their families, and the public record tales of their lives. Trained facilitators operate the equipment and help guide the recording session. The first two hours of recording are free.
To make an appointment, call the Wellness Center at 801-587-4585.
Call 1-888-424-2100 toll free Send e-mail to
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday Free for everyone
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