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Helpful Tools

Helpful Tools

Educate Yourself & Your Family

Whether you’re the person diagnosed with cancer, family member or loved one, the way you approach this life-changing event will be a reflection of how you approach life. Some people like to dig into the science to understand what cancer is and what the treatment options are from a technical standpoint. You might want to know statistics about the prognosis, the potential side effects or alternative therapies. Others may focus on the emotional and spiritual aspects of the journey. Regardless of your “style,” it’s important to educate yourself using reliable sources.

The American Cancer Society and The National Cancer Institute are helpful, trustworthy websites full of educational materials which cover all types of cancer, well-being for cancer patients, coping for family members, survivorship and more.

CaringBridge®

People who love and care about you want to know how you’re doing but it can be overwhelming to respond to all of the people who want to hear your story. With CaringBridge you can keep everyone informed, rally support and focus on healing.

  • Create your own personal blog
  • Share updates, photos and videos with people who care about you
  • Coordinate help and support from family and friends
  • Control who has access to your site with customized privacy settings

CaringBridge is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is to bring together a global community of care powered by the love of family and friends in an easy, accessible and private way.

Get Started

Go to CaringBridge. Click on “Start a Site” and follow the easy directions. Tell your friends and family about your CaringBridge website.

Advanced Cancer Planning

Fortunately we are able to cure and extend life for most patients but it’s natural with a cancer diagnosis to evaluate your life and consider “what if.” This may be a good time to organize your affairs and communicate your end-of-life wishes to your loved ones regardless of your prognosis.

If Something Should Happen is a PDF which can be downloaded to your computer or printed off and includes documents to help direct legal, medical and financial affairs. Organizational forms are provided to help loved ones locate critical papers and understand which matters are important to you. If Something Should Happen helps ensure that your wishes will be followed. If Something Should Happen is an excellent tool for anyone (not only cancer patients) to communicate important information to family/loved ones regarding legal, financial and medical affairs.

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Their website is full of stories that inspire us and remind us how important it is to have this difficult conversation. A Starter Kit can be downloaded to help you get your thoughts together to prepare for a clear and meaningful conversation with your loved ones. The Conversation Project focuses on goal-setting for end of life, which is critical for patients and families.