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CancerCare E-News

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800-813-HOPE (4673)
June 2012
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 In This Issue…

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Online Support Groups

CancerCare’s online support groups connect people coping with cancer with others who are facing a similar situation. All online support groups are led by professional oncology social workers and are password-protected.
We offer over 20 online support groups, including a brain tumor caregiver support group and Healing with Words, a therapeutic writing group for people currently in treatment or who have completed treatment within the last two years.

What’s New

Oncology Social Worker of the Year Award

CancerCare’s Director of Education and Training, Carolyn Messner, DSW, has been named Oncology Social Worker of the Year by the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW).
For four decades, Carolyn has presented and published on the emotional and practical impact of cancer on patients, caregivers, and families. Among Carolyn’s many roles, she is an instructor at Hunter College, and serves as longtime director of CancerCare’s Connect Education Workshops, our one-hour telephone and online workshops featuring the world’s leading cancer experts, who present on a wide-range of cancer-related topics. Past workshops can be listened to over the telephone at any time, and are also available as podcasts.

Managing Cancer

Caregiving Resources

We’ve created two new fact sheets that provide helpful information about caring for a loved one with cancer. Read our fact sheets online, “Coping with the Stress of Caregiving” and “Managing the Practical Concerns of Your Loved One’s Diagnosis,” or order free copies today.
Are you caring for a loved one with cancer in the New York City area? CancerCare will host a free workshop for caregivers at our national office on Monday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Ask CancerCare

Our experts address your questions on a specific cancer topic each month. During June, submit your question to our expert about coping with thyroid cancer.

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Annual Spring Gala

CancerCare’s Annual Spring Gala honors individuals and corporations that support our mission to help people coping with cancer. This year, we honor actress and longtime CancerCare advocate S. Epatha Merkerson, best known for her portrayal of Lt. Anita Van Buren on NBC’s long-running drama series, Law & Order. Oscar-winning actress and producer Whoopi Goldberg will present the Help & Hope Award to Merkerson.
Our Gala will take place June 14 at The Mandarin Oriental in New York City. To learn more, visit

Event Calendar

6/11 Taste for Hope, Garfield, NJ
6/14 Annual Spring Gala, New York, NY
6/25 ‘The Survivor’ Golf Tournament, Pleasanton, CA
7/9 Longest Day of Golf, Fairfield, CT
9/9 Walk/Run for Hope, Fairfield, CT
9/23 Walk/Run for Hope, Paramus, NJ
10/14 Walk/Run for Hope, Long Branch, NJ
11/4 Lung Cancer Walk for Hope, Woodbury, NY
For a complete list of upcoming events, visit

In Your Words

“Going through cancer treatment is a huge process. Once it ends, you’re not back to your old self the next day. Talking to [my social worker] has been so helpful in getting back into life. She makes me feel like all of my concerns are normal.”
—Alison S., CancerCare client and breast cancer survivor.
Learn more about counseling.

CancerCare Connect®

Education Workshops

Our free Connect Education Workshops give you the latest cancer information straight from leading experts. You can listen in live by telephone or online and will have a chance to ask the experts your own questions.
Workshop Calendar
6/12 New Treatment Approaches, Clinical Trials, and Making Treatment Decisions: Follicular Lymphoma
6/13 When Your Loved One Has CML: How Caregivers Can Help Improve Adherence
6/19 Changing Roles and Responsibilities for Caregivers
6/20 Progress in the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer
6/21 Highlights from the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, Part I
6/22 Cancer Treatments and the Risk of Blood Clots: What You Need to Know
6/26 Advances in the Treatment of Metastatic Melanoma
6/27 Highlights from the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, Part II
6/29 Stress Management for Caregivers: Practical Tips to Cope
Register for these workshops online, or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).
Missed a Connect Workshop? Listen to past workshops as podcasts through the CancerCare website.

Support CancerCare

Gifts that Give Back!

Find the perfect Father’s Day gift by visiting! They offer a Father’s Day gift guide, and for every $5 you spend, CancerCare will receive $1 (20% of the purchase price).
Baking for Good is an online bakery dedicated to selling high quality, irresistible cookie gifts that are perfect for any occasion. For all purchases, 15% of the net proceeds will be donated to CancerCare.
And as always, you can help us continue our free, professional support services to anyone facing cancer by making a donation today.
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Disability Employment Initiative Supported Employment Class

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Better Choices, Better Health Ke Ola Pono

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Hawaiʻi County Office on Aging is now offering  a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program workshop called “Better Choices, Better Health Ke Ola Pono”:

BCBH Brochure May 2012 Web

Ho’owaiwai Network- Hawai’i Island: “We want to know more about your programs!”

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Assets Hawaii
Aloha Ho’owaiwai Network- Hawai’i Island!
I hope your week is off to a good start!
If you are part of an organization or program that offers direct services to low income individuals and families, please click here to complete the Resources Match pilot survey to gather general eligibility info on your program. For those organizations or program managers/coordinators who have already spoken with someone about the Resources Match pilot on Hawai’i Island- we thank you for taking the time!!
It takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. Your responses will help us make sure more Hawai’i Island families are reaching the resources they are eligible to receive.
**If this does not apply to you, please feel free to forward to any agency or program on Hawai’i Island that offers direct services to individuals and families in need so that we may gather a more complete list of resources available to Hawai’i island families and communities.
Mahalo nui loa & have a great week!!
–The Ho’owaiwai Network
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail or call (808) 550-2661.

Have you registered for the Family Financial Empowerment yet?! Click here to find out more!! Hurry! Registration ends June 8th.

A Great Summer Opportunity For Teens!

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HMSA’s Online Care is now available at the Ka‘u Resource and Distance Learning Center in Pahala!

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All Ka’u residents can come to the Resource and Distance Learning Center in Pahala from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to connect to an HMSA doctor  online via video conference or by phone!

Our trained staff will provide the equipment and any assistance needed to get you online to discuss your symptoms and treatment options with a doctor securely and privately.

To schedule an Online Care appointment with a doctor, call the Ka‘u Resource and Distance Learning Center at (808) 928-0101.

Monday through Friday, 8a.m. to 12p.m.

Online doctor conversations are available by appointment only and walk-ins are welcome for registration.

96-3126 Puahala St., Pahala, HI

(located one street in front of the Pahala Library)

KRHCAI’s First Annual Floating Lantern Ceremony

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On Saturday, November 26, 2011, Ka`u Rural Health Community Association, Inc. in partnership with The American Cancer Society and HMSA,  hosted its first annual Ka`u Community Floating Lantern Ceremony at Punalu`u Black Sands Beach Park.

Hui Okinawa Kobudo Taiko Group

Soka Gakkai International
Kahu Kimo Awai, Hilo Chapter Youth and Women’s Division

Providing entertainment by Taiko drummers, hula dancers, and musicians, the free event was an opportunity for Ka`u residents to come together to honor the past, present and future generations.

Following a potluck lunch, the different families experienced a camaraderie as they worked alongside each other to create and decorate their choice of lotus blossom or box-style floating lanterns  to celebrate their own loved ones.

Family members gathered at the water’s edge near sunset and, accompanied by the music of guest singer Keoki Kahumoku, set their lanterns afloat on the surface of Medicine Pond.

Dusk brought with it a sense of peace gently illuminated by the light of a sea of lanterns crafted out of love, as people reflected on the lives and memories of their friends and loved ones.

KRHCAI Hosts HMSA Online Care

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A two-hour road trip to the Hilo Medical Center or Kona Community Hospital, the search for a good parking space, and twiddling your thumbs in a room full of sick people are all about to become things of the past. That’s because Ka‘u Rural Health Community Association’s (KRHCAI) Health and Wellness Partnership with the Hawai‘i Medical Service Association (HMSA) is promoting a pilot project to help Ka‘u residents receive better access to health care.

The pilot project will make HMSA’s Online Care available for all Ka‘u residents. Residents can use computers at the Ka‘u Resource and Distance Learning Center in Pahala Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon by appointment. With the use of laptops, appointments can be made for outreach to residents in Oceanview, Naalehu, Discovery Harbor, Pahala, and Wood Valley. Program staff members have been trained to help residents through the use of tele-health technology, where patients get real-time medical and health advice from HMSA credentialed physicians or other health care providers.

HMSA’s Online Care provides fast and easy access to participating health care providers from across the state. With the click of a mouse, HMSA members and nonmembers in Ka‘u will have:

Immediate access to a variety of specialists, securely and privately.
The convenience of having live interaction with a health care provider online or by phone.
A choice of doctors based on criteria such as specialty, language, or gender.
Health Information in one place.
Quality care from rated providers who can recommend treatment and write prescriptions online.
Continuity of care with the ability to send detailed care reports to their primary care doctor or another care coordinator.

The Ka‘u-HMSA Online Connection team is led by program manager “Auntie” Jessie Marques, office manager Theresa Richardson, and program assistant Rochele Gacayan. The goal is to increase awareness about alternative access to health care in part of Hawaii Island’s rural, underserved, and geographically isolated community. “Once people become more familiar with HMSA’s Online Care, we hope to build the capacity of community engagement, through health education and prevention,” says Auntie Jessie.

For questions or more information about the HMSA Online Connection Pilot Project, call the Ka‘u Resource and Distance Learning Center at (808) 928-0101.

HMSA is a nonprofit, mutual benefit association founded in Hawaii in 1938. It is governed by a community board of directors that includes representatives from health care, business, labor, government, education, clergy, and the community. HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

To learn more about HMSA Online Care, visit: