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 26, 2019

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.

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.

Apr 10, 2019

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. Everyone should have an advance directive.

Mar 15, 2019

Social Workers: An Important Part of Cancer Treatment

Cancer is more than just a physical disease. Social workers help support people as they deal with the emotional toll that cancer can cause.

Mar 01, 2019

Space for Emotional Healing: Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient Support Group

Connecting with other cancer patients in a support group can decrease isolation, provide additional support, and help reduce stress, according to Lisa Gauchay, MSW, LCSW, a social worker at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Lisa runs a support group for patients with metastatic breast cancer. The group meets once a month, discussing different topics that include how to cope with grief, bucket list ideas, and the process of dying. Patients who participate in the support group often create lasting friendships by connecting with others who are going through similar experiences.

Dec 17, 2018

Learn to Focus on the Present with Mindfulness Classes and Activities

Having cancer is hard on a person. So is taking care of someone who has it. Even after successful treatment, cancer and its treatments have side effects that can lower your quality of life. The good news is scientific evidence shows that mindfulness practices can help relieve these side effects. Mindfulness helps you keep your thoughts focused on the present. Breathing and movement techniques help you stay in the moment and relax. Huntsman Cancer Institute offers mindfulness classes and activities for patients and caregivers.