Communication can suffer when families are faced with cancer. We offer facilitated conversations to help couples, parents, and extended families address their concerns. Cancer Lifeline honors any and all definitions of family. Meetings can be done with partners, family members, groups of friends, neighbors, etc.
You and your family will meet with one of our professional oncology nurses, and each person will be given the opportunity to speak uninterrupted, about what they are thinking and feeling. This allows each family member to hear each others worries, concerns and perspective. This can help the whole group find a common place as they go through the cancer process. If the cancer patient does not want to be present, that is OK too.
Families may ask for these meetings to:
- Open lines of communication
- Clarify concerns
- Help family members deal with the impact of cancer
- Learn about community resources
- Learn how to get what is needed from doctors or the health care system
- Help parents and other family members provide the best support for children of cancer patients
While these meetings are most effective in person, out-of- area participants may be invited to attend by phone.