The diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming. When facing this life threatening medical prognosis, the new cancer vocabulary is difficult to understand. Complex treatment options can be confusing and hard to remember especially during a stressful time.
Having expanded patient education offices where patients can turn for personalized educational support will empower patients and give them hope. Information specialists can assist patients and their families in taking control of their lives at a time when they are most vulnerable.
Life after cancer can also have significant challenges. The new Clinical Sciences Center will allow us to build a strong survivorship program. Such a program will support patients (as well as families and their physicians) who may struggle with long term, often life-changing residual effects of cancer treatments.