A monthly newsletter from the Cancer Learning Center • October 2011 - Issue 75 Patient and Family Support Services Questions About Cancer?
Coping with cancer is hard. Patients and their family members often feel afraid, helpless, and sad. If dealing with the disease itself weren’t hard enough, navigating the health-care system can be overwhelming.
Patient and Family Support Services (PFSS) at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) helps cancer patients and their family members learn to cope. Te licensed clinical support professionals on the PFSS staff are important members of HCI’s cancer treatment team.
Support professionals are caring listeners. Tey can refer patients to other sources of help for their individual needs. Tey can help ease distress related to cancer. Tey can guide patients through the health-care system.
Support professionals work with patients one-on-one, as a family, or in a support group. With their help, patients and their families can draw on their inner resources and social supports to deal with the problems cancer can create.
To contact HCI Patient and Family Support Services, call 801- 585-9755, or ask your doctor or nurse to refer you. Also, stop by the Cancer Learning Center to browse our materials related to coping with cancer, or call 801-581-6365 to speak with a cancer information specialist.
Look Good...Feel Better
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.
Every month, the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness Center partners with the American Cancer Society to provide the Look Good…Feel Better program. It is held the fourth Wednesday from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Wellness Center. Participants learn creative ways to use wigs, scarves, and other accessories, and receive a free cosmetic kit that matches their skin tone. Call the Wellness Center at 801-587-4585.
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.
Call 1-888-424-2100 toll free Send an e-mail to
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday Free for everyone
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