Frankly Speaking About Cancer® (FSAC) is the Cancer Support Community’s landmark cancer education series that provides trusted information on a variety of topics important to people affected by cancer.
Creative Sessions: Wine Cork Crafts
Pamela Crouch, Executive Director of Living Proof Exhibit joined us on May 18, 2020 for Creative Session: Wine Cork Crafts.
Frankly Speaking about Cancer: Treatment & Side Effects
Creative Sessions: Flower Ornaments from Paper Tubes
Pamela Crouch, Executive Director of Living Proof Exhibit joined us on May 11, 2020 for Creative Session: Flower Ornaments from Paper Tubes.
Yoga 4 Cancer
Creative Sessions: Wall Hangings from Nature
Pamela Crouch, Executive Director of Living Proof Exhibit joined us on May 4, 2020 for Creative Session: Wall Hangings from Nature.
Creative Sessions: Hearts & Flowers
Pamela Crouch, Executive Director of Living Proof Exhibit joined us on April 27, 2020 for Creative Session: Hearts and Flowers.
Program Manager Kelly Craft was live for Family Origami! She taught us how to make a jumping frog and crane.
Creative Sessions: Junk Mail Mosaics
Pamela Crouch, Executive Director of Living Proof Exhibit joined us on April 13 2020 for Creative Session: Junk Mail Mosaics. This is a fun and relaxing activity that adults, kids, and families will all enjoy.
Pain Management Workshop
Dr. Shah talked about different ways to manage pain, including information about cannabis. He touched on myths about cannabis, the endocannabinoid system in our body, and how it can help someone during cancer treatment: cancer symptom relief, treatment side effect relief, lessening the use of opioid pain medications, etc.
Creative Sessions: Junk Mail Flowers
Creating a Healthy Mind to Heal and Thrive
#GildasClubQC was live with Rumaisa Khawaja, Life & Relationship Coach at Mandala Integrative Medicine.
Coach Ru spoke about understanding and taking control of our minds and thoughts. She also discussed identifying when you are in drama, helped you learn how to shift your mood, and helped you understand how your mistaken beliefs can block your way to better health and happiness.
Rumaisa is Certified in Social Emotional Intelligence for Leadership and Coaching.
FSAC: What do I Tell the Kids?
Program Manager Kelly Craft was live on March 30, 2020 with Frankly Speaking about Cancer: What Do I Tell the Kids?
This workshop focuses on building awareness about how to carry out conversations about cancer diagnosis and treatment. Participants will learn what kids know about this condition at different ages, how to talk about cancer, tips for answering common questions, ways to help your child, and additional resources.
Creative Sessions: Haiku Journaling
Here’s a sample:
Lars the llama sits
silently watching me work
On March 26, 2020 we went live with Angela Swanson for Group Meditation.
FSAC: Coping with the Cost of Care
- Toni Weeks, LMSW, Oncology Social Worker, UnityPoint Health – Trinity Cancer Center
- Kelly Hendershot, LMSW, Program Director, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities
FSAC: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
On October 22, 2019 we were live at the Nassif Community Cancer Center for our Frankly Speaking about Cancer: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia presentation. This presentation offered information on Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). We discussed treatment options for CLL, side-effects, the cost of care, and navigating life with the disease. In addition, participants learned about ways to cope with the social and emotional challenges of a CLL diagnosis.
- Amy Ganske, ARNP, FNP-BC Hematology and Oncology, PCI
- Kelly Hendershot, LMSW Gilda’s Club Quad Cities
This presentation is a partnership amongst Gilda’s Club Quad Cities; Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa P.C.; Nassif Community Cancer Center; and the Iowa Cancer Consortium.
This program is provided by the Cancer Support Community and unrestricted educational grants from Janssen and Abbvie.
FSAC: Neuroendocrine & Carcinoid Tumors
Our November 5, 2018 Frankly Speaking about Cancer: Neuroendocrine and Carcinoid Tumors raised awareness among patients and caregivers about diagnoses, treatment options, managing side effects, coping with the psychosocial impact of neuroendocrine and carcinoid tumors, and fostering constructive dialogue with their health care team.
– Joseph S. Dillon, MB, BCh, BAO, University of Iowa Health Care Associate Director, Endocrinology Clinical Fellowship Program Associate Professor of Internal Medicine – Endocrinology and Metabolism
– James Howe, MD, University of Iowa Health Care Surgical Oncologist Co-Leader Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine MOG, Professor
– Kelly Hendershot, LMSW, Program Director, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities
Our September 25, 2018 Frankly Speaking about Cancer: Immunotherapy presentation offered information on one of the most exciting new discoveries and treatments for cancer, immunotherapy. Patients and their loved ones were invited to join us as we learned how the immune system interacts with cancer, treatments that are currently available as well as treatments that are being developed, and tips to manage common side effects. In addition, participants learned about ways to cope with the social and emotional challenges of a cancer diagnosis.
- Katie Browne, NP, Iowa Cancer Specialists
FSAC: Treatments & Side Effects
FREE WORKSHOP TO HELP PEOPLE BETTER MANAGE SIDE EFFECTS
Gilda’s Club hosted a free workshop for cancer patients and their caregivers entitled “Frankly Speaking About Cancer Treatment” on December 5, 2017. Designed to help people understand and manage the physical and psychological side effects of treatment.
FSAC: Clinical Trials
This free workshop was held on September 12, 2017 and focused on building awareness about clinical trials. People impacted by cancer and their loved ones were invited to join us in person or via Facebook Live as we learned how trials are structured, how to foster an open dialogue with health care teams about the eligibility and the viability of clinical trials as a treatment option. In addition, participants learned about the importance of shared decision making and were introduced to resources to help facilitate these conversations.
Featured speakers included:
- Kim Turner, Clinical Trials Nurse, Genesis Cancer Care Institute
- Katy D’Aprile, Clinical Trials Nurse, Holden Cancer Center Quad Cities
- Shelle Sikkema, Clinical Trials Nurse, Unity Point-Moline
We also heard from several cancer survivors about their experiences with clinical trials.
FSAC: Coping with the Cost of Care
Coping with the Cost of Cancer Care is a practical guide to navigating the complex challenges of managing the expenses associated with the cost of cancer care.
This Self-Paced eLearning tool is supplemented with a workbook. Throughout the course, specific pages of the workbook will be referenced. Please keep the workbook handy (on screen, or printed) as you complete the course so you may easily access the additional information it provides.
If you prefer to receive a hard copy of the workbook, please contact Kelly or Melissa at Gilda’s Club: 563-326-7504 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before launching the course, please take a moment to download and print these helpful instructions on utilizing the Self-Paced eLearning tool.
If you have any questions about this course, please contact Kelly or Melissa at Gilda’s Club: 563-326-7504 or email@example.com.
CancerEd Online is the Cancer Support Community’s newest interactive educational program for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. CancerEd Online Quick Guides cover what you need to know about topics like self-advocacy, new ways of managing cancer care and precision medicine. Most quick guides last 5-10 minutes.