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According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, the first community-based non-profit organization focused on addressing the needs of caregivers, it is estimated that more than 65 million people in the United States provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year. Caregivers are a necessary extension of the healthcare team. When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, assuming the role of caregiver, whether you’re a family member or friend, has its unique challenges. With limited research and greater focus placed on the actual cancer survivor herself, the specific needs and overall health of the caregiver often get overlooked.
As the survivorship movement continues to flourish, nationally-recognized organizations like the National Cancer Institute (NCI) acknowledge the important role caregivers play in a survivor’s life. In their definition of survivorship, the NCI includes anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis until the end of life, as well as family, friends, and caregivers of survivors who are impacted by the diagnosis.
In 2010, the American Cancer Society completed an innovative eight year study entitled “National Quality of Life Survey for Caregivers”. This first of its kind long-term, nationwide study highlighted several findings regarding caregivers:
Important research such as this further emphasizes the significant role of national organizations like the Family Caregiver Alliance and the National Alliance for Caregiving that focus on information, resources, and support for caregivers.
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Rebecca Palpant Shimkets is a two-time cancer survivor with an over two-decade career in mental health specializing in media depictions of mental illnesses and building programs in the U.S. and internationally. The LLL is a beautifully written, bi-weekly email that explores mental health and post-treatment cancer survivorship.
Emory University researcher discusses prevalent disparity affecting African American women.
Eight organizations across the state have been awarded grants totaling $400,000 for breast cancer education, screening and treatment for underserved Georgians.
Georgia CORE, in partnership with It’s The Journey and A Cure In Our Lifetime Atlanta has awarded a $100,000 grant to Dr. Veena Rao, Morehouse School of Medicine for Triple Negative Breast Cancer Research.
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Georgia CORE is a public-private partnership that creates collaboration among the state’s cancer organizations and institutions to connect more Georgians to quality, personalized cancer care. We welcome you to this one-of-a-kind online information center for all things related to cancer and survivorship care in Georgia.