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Tough Topics: How to Talk about Dying

Posted on December 13, 2016

Several people close to me died this year, and I’ve worked with dying people for a while. I’ve also been close to dying myself (technically I died once, but that’s a story for a different day; I got better). Death and dying makes people feel uncomfortable; most people don’t know what to say or do.

I’ve found some things are always appropriate to say. People never tire of hearing you love, care about and respect them. Everyone enjoys talking about old times and shared memories and it’s okay to talk about whatever you used to talk about before they got sick. Do remember however, that listening is the most important conversational skill. Read more

Colorectal Cancer Care – Beyond the Patient

Posted on September 23, 2016

We recently collaborated with the online patient community Smart Patients on an empathy-building program called #ColorectalCancer1day. Together we matched patients and caregivers affected by colorectal cancer (“teachers”) with researchers and clinicians from Kaiser Permanente who wanted to learn more about what one day with colorectal cancer feels like (“learners”). We’re now sharing the highlights from this learning experience with a broader audience.

A cancer diagnosis is never given to a single person – it’s given to a family. Often, family members are the primary means of support that balance out the mental and emotional struggles that come with battling cancer. But what of our #ColorectalCancer1day participants? Did our learners find a different perspective on colorectal cancer after further considering how siblings, spouses, parents, and caregivers may be called upon to support different aspects of cancer care like treatment, transportation, and empathy? Read more

5 Takeaways to Managing Side Effects

Posted on September 7, 2016

Our Conversations Webinar Series is an opportunity to link national experts in colorectal cancer and other related fields to you, right in the comfort of your own home. The programs are designed to empower you to play a leading role in your healthcare management.

Last month, our webinar focused on working with your doctor to manage your side effects. Couldn’t make the webinar? Get our Top 5 Takeaways below and watch the replay. Read more

Wearing Colorectal Cancer on Your Sleeve – Sort of

Posted on August 31, 2016

We recently collaborated with the online patient community Smart Patients on an empathy-building program called #ColorectalCancer1day. Together we matched patients and caregivers affected by colorectal cancer (“teachers”) with researchers and clinicians from Kaiser Permanente who wanted to learn more about what one day with colorectal cancer feels like (“learners”). We’re now sharing the highlights from this learning experience with a broader audience. Read more

What You Need to Know About Processed Meat, Red Meat and Cancer Risk Pt. 2

Posted on November 13, 2015

In Part 1 of our “What You Need to Know About Processed Meat, Red Meat and Cancer Risk” series, Oncology Dietitian Rhone Levin broke down the International Agency for Research on Cancer and World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent report “Carcinogenicity of consumption of red and processed meat” (which found positive links between consuming red and processed meats and 18 types of cancer) and gave some of examples of processed meats, read meats and protein alternatives.

Now, we’re discussing reducing your cancer risk and ways to incorporate more plant foods.

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