If you’re like most people, cancer is a cause that’s near and dear to your heart. Almost everyone knows someone who has battled this dreadful disease, or is currently receiving cancer treatment. Maybe in your life, that someone is yourself.
Here at Issels®, we know the importance of volunteers in this field. This is why we want to offer you some incredible volunteer opportunities as a way to give back.
Volunteer Your Time for a Great Cause
There are many ways you can give your time to support cancer research and improved cancer treatments. Some of these include:
Road to Recovery – There is always a need for people to drive patients to and from their cancer treatments.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – This is a community event that raises money for breast cancer research.
The Relay for Life – This is another community event that you can participate in to raise funds for cancer research.
Look Good, Feel Better – This is a wonderful opportunity that allows you to personally touch the lives of cancer patients. You’ll help them learn various beauty tricks and improve the way they feel.
Ways You Can Make a Difference for Those Receiving Cancer Treatment
Maybe you’re not quite sure where you fit in. There is a need for all kinds of help. What are your strengths? Maybe you enjoy:
Administrative or clerical work
Promoting events online or through social media
Organizing recreational activities
Helping to raise money
Whatever you enjoy, there is a place for you.
If you would like to learn more about immunotherapy and its place in cancer treatment, please contact us.
If you’ve received a diagnosis of cancer, your family will serve as the anchors of your support system. But should that include the younger members? Here are some helpful suggestions for sharing the news with grandchildren.
What Do I Tell Them?
• Before any decisions are made, consult with your children and their spouses. They have the ultimate responsibility of raising their kids, so they should have the ultimate approval over what they are told along with when and where.
• Formulate the content of your discussion based on the child’s point of view. Depending on age, he or she may not even know what cancer is, let alone have any frame of reference for it.
• Children are naturally self-centered, but not in a bad way. They simply don’t have the life experience to think outside of themselves. While they will be concerned for you, be prepared to assure them that their life will go on as normal.
Do I HAVE to Tell Them?
Children are more intuitive than most people think. If they sense that something’s wrong, lack of knowledge will frighten them more than the truth. It’s also better that they learn from you rather than from an outside source which may be misinformed.
Immunotherapy for Cancer: Giving Hope to Patients and Families
Former President Jimmy Carter is one of a growing number of patients who have successfully received immunotherapy for cancer treatments. Contact us today for testimonials from patients at our Issels® clinic who have benefited from personalized treatment protocols for cancer in all forms, including melanoma, leukemia, and breast cancer.
If a loved one receives a diagnosis of cancer, you want to be at their side offering care and assistance. Unfortunately, in many cases the realities of life may prevent that. You can still be a source of support when you follow these long-distance cancer caregiver tips.
Providing Effective Long-Distance Cancer Care
Contact the hospital discharge planner to coordinate the patient’s return to home.
Arrange for a home health aide to assist the patient until permanent plans are settled. An aide is also a good option to fill in the gaps or provide other caregivers with a break.
Create a network of friends and family members who can help, and set up a phone tree for quick and efficient communication.
Keep a bag at the ready packed with toiletries and clothes so you’re ready to travel at short notice.
Consider the distance to be traveled and whether ground or air is your better option.
If you have children or pets, have a contingency plan in place regarding their care in your absence.
Talk to your boss and co-workers about your situation. You may be able to continue your work offsite, but review your workload and deadlines in case someone else needs to step in for you.
What is the Issels® Difference?
At Issels®, our immunotherapy for cancer treatments are personally designed to meet each patient’s individual needs. Visit our blog for more cancer caregiver tips and information about our cutting-edge non-toxic therapies, including cancer vaccines and LAK cells.