Jai Pausch encourages caregivers to invest ample time developing a treatment plan for a loved one upon a cancer diagnosis, and offers strategies to address anxieties in monthly column on NCCN.com.
FORT WASHINGTON, PA — Despite feeling a sense of urgency when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it is important to invest adequate time to research and consider treatment options, according to Jai Pausch in her new"Ask Jai" column on NCCN.com. Ms. Pausch, widow and caregiver of the late Randy Pausch, acclaimed Carnegie Mellon University professor and author of the internationally best-selling book The Last Lecture, responds to a reader’s question about feeling as though "time is slipping away" in this month’s column.
Ms. Pausch reminds the reader that battling cancer "is a marathon, not a sprint"… a mantra that should be kept in mind when prioritizing time and energy. In addition, she emphasizes the need to address caregiver anxieties through support groups and the importance of nutrition and exercise to strengthen both the caregiver and patient as they prepare for treatment. Visit NCCN.com to read the column in its entirety.
"Ask Jai" is a monthly column on NCCN.com, the patient website of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®). NCCN.com features the NCCN Guidelines for Patients™ as well as enhanced content for patients and caregivers.
Jai Pausch, who is a Board Member of the NCCN Foundation, welcomes questions from patients, caregivers, and the general public. To submit a question to the "Ask Jai" column, e-mail questions to email@example.com
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 23 of the world's leading cancer centers, is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system. As the arbiter of high-quality cancer care, NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers. The primary goal of all NCCN initiatives is to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of oncology practice so patients can live better lives. For more information, visit NCCN.org.