Apr 16, 2021

Advance Directives: Sharing Your Wishes When You Can't Speak For Yourself

An advance directive is a way to tell your loved ones and doctors your wishes if something happens and you can’t speak for yourself. A directive can include the type and extent of your medical care. It can help your family and care team better understand your values. Being prepared can bring you and your loved ones peace of mind.

Mar 25, 2021

The Lucky One - A Social Worker's Story

When I have the opportunity to share that I’m a social worker at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), I often receive admiration. Sometimes, though, people will reply, “I don’t think I could work there,” or “I don’t know how you do that.” I find those responses curious—as does every social worker I’m privileged to work alongside. Because we feel we are the lucky ones.

Dec 15, 2020

Finding Grief Support after Losing His Wife to Leukemia

Kenneth Slack knows the pain of losing a spouse to cancer. He and his wife, Debby, were expecting to spend 60 or 70 years together, but they only got 32. Debby was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away just six months later. Kenneth shares his experience of grieving the loss of his wife and how he found help and guidance in a grief support group.

Nov 30, 2020

What Is the Difference between Palliative Care and Hospice Care?

Do you know the difference between palliative care and hospice care? These two types of supportive care often get confused with one another. While they both help relieve symptoms and improve quality of life, they have some important differences. Learn more about palliative care and hospice care and how they can help people with cancer.

Nov 01, 2020

Support for the Caregiver

Being a caregiver for someone with cancer can be stressful, overwhelming, and isolating. Sometimes the only people who can truly understand are those who have been there. That’s why Huntsman Cancer Institute social workers run a support group dedicated to caregivers. The group offers education and a safe place to talk for anyone who cares for a loved one treated at HCI.

Dec 05, 2019

Grieving the Loss of Your Health

Grief is the mourning you feel after any kind of loss. It is a normal, healthy response to the changes cancer can bring—to your health, your peace of mind, your independence, your ability to work or do the things you love. Huntsman Cancer Institute social workers say it’s important to acknowledge grief and let yourself experience it.

Nov 22, 2019

Caring for Yourself while Caring for a Loved One

Think about the last time you were on an airplane. What do the flight attendants tell you to do if the oxygen masks drop down from overhead? Put your own mask on first. If you don’t make sure you’re getting oxygen, you won’t be able to help anyone else. This same rule applies to caregivers. It’s important to take care of your own needs before you “run out of oxygen.”

Nov 19, 2019

Caregivers: The Unsung Heroes

Dusty never thought taking his wife, Amber, to urgent care would lead to a cancer diagnosis—an experience that changed his role and their lives.