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It can be challenging for family members and close friends of cancer survivors to experience this unique journey with their loved one. Often times, it is difficult to determine what to say, how to react, or when to ask if help is needed. Despite this, it is important to remain steadfast and committed to your loved one; friendships and relationships are important in helping a cancer survivor find their “new normal”.
Increasing dialogue among the cancer survivor, family, and friends can help everyone to better understand the cancer survivor’s unique needs. In addition, it can help you cope with what you are experiencing during this journey of survivorship. Developing your own network of support is important as well.
Although survivorship is sometimes considered a unique phase following active cancer treatment, many tips and ideas for friends and family members of a newly diagnosed cancer patient are still relevant at this time. Both the National Cancer Institute and the American Society of Clinical Oncology offer useful advice for how to navigate this aspect of the cancer journey.
Last Updated: 6/22/2021 11:59:12 AM
Just in time for Cancer Research Month, Georgia CORE has awarded a Collaborative Cancer Research Seed Grant for $100,000 from the Georgia Cancer Research Fund.
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Advancing Cancer Care through Partnerships and Innovation
Georgia CORE is a statewide nonprofit that leverages partnerships and innovation to attract more clinical trials, increase research, and promote education and early detection to improve cancer care for Georgians in rural, urban, and suburban communities across the state.