Add a Cancer Coach to your team

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This Care Conversation is part of a monthly speaker series at Roswell Park.

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can bring with it feelings of a loss of control, uncertainty and isolation. One way that patients at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center can find support is through the Cancer Coach Program. Developed especially for newly diagnosed patients and those who are facing new treatment modalities, the program provides cancer patients diagnosed with any type of cancer with invaluable support from cancer survivors. 

As a program offered through The 11 Day Power Play Cancer Resource Center, the Cancer Coach Program prides itself in matching individuals with similar diagnoses, treatment types, shared interests, cultural/religious backgrounds and basic demographic information. Once these individuals begin to talk via phone, text, email, or meeting in person, patients often find that their anxiety and sense of isolation can be reduced. 

What to expect at this Care Conversation 

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How does one become a Cancer Coach or request a Cancer Coach? We invite you to find out more at the next Care Conversation, “Empowerment Through Connection: Roswell Park’s Cancer Coach Program” on Wednesday, July 24 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Presented by Kathryn Kraft, Resource Center Coordinator, and Richard Satterwhite, Patient Engagement Specialist, you will walk away with a clear understanding of the process to both become a Cancer Coach and to request a Cancer Coach. You’ll also learn more about the application and intake process, as well as ongoing training and support that Cancer Coaches receive to best be able to support patients. 

While individuals interested in becoming Cancer Coaches will be shown the Become a Coach Form, patients will get an in-depth review of how to fill out the Request a Coach Form. These online intake forms are just the beginning. Kathryn and Richard will also discuss the matching process, program history and poignant stories of Cancer Coaches and the patients they’ve supported. 

Care Conversations is a monthly speaker series for Roswell Park patients and caregivers to support, encourage and educate. A 45-minute presentation is followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. The series takes place in The 11 Day Power Play Cancer Resource Center, which is located on the first floor of the main hospital next to the Tower Elevators.

You may also attend virtually via Microsoft Teams. You’ll receive the “Join the Meeting Now” link after registration and again the day of the event. Register today by calling 716-845-8659, option 1 or RSVP below.

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Stay tuned for more information on future Care Conversations. Topics will include:

  • Cancer and Cannabis (August)
  • Post Mastectomy Wear (September)
  • Food, Nutrition and Cancer (October)
  • Supporting Your Loved Ones as a Caregiver (November)

Roswell Park’s Cancer Coaches are trained Roswell Park volunteers who provide emotional support, practical advice and information on supportive services. It’s important to note that while Cancer Coaches can provide valuable information, they do not provide medical advice. The Cancer Coach Program is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical condition.