By Megan Martin, Communications Manager
Of the more than 1.3 million cases of cancer diagnosed each year, studies show that at least 50 percent of those diagnosed will be cared for by someone in their immediate family. But, caring for someone with cancer doesn’t come with a manual. Caregivers spend time talking to health care providers, administering medication, providing meals and transportation, and making sure the patient gets everything he or she needs. However, providing such intense care has a significant impact on the physical, emotional, and financial health of the caregivers themselves. Despite the common bond and shared experiences that some caregivers experience, others may feel isolated and that there is a lack of resources available to help navigate the maze of treatment options and information provided. These are just some of the issues and perspectives that a roundtable at the NCCN 16th Annual Conference: Clinical Practice Guidelines & Quality Cancer Care™ will touch upon.
Moderated by veteran ABC News anchor, Sam Donaldson, the annual roundtable entitled, “The Many Faces and Challenges of Caregivers,” signifies the official start of the NCCN Annual Conference. A variety of panelists ranging from clinicians to spouses, parents, and children are sure to provide broad, yet emotional perspectives on the topic of caregiving drawn from their personal experiences. The roundtable will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2011, and is open to all registered attendees of the NCCN Annual Conference.
Confirmed panelists include: