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New UF Health Cancer Center Partnership Seeks to Fill Void in Cancer Care

A cancer diagnosis can create a lot of stress and confusion not only for the patient, but for the patient's family. That stress can interfere with a patient's recovery. There is now a new program in place to help families dealing with cancer.

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[Dr. Mark Roh, President, UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health; Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community and Dr. Diane Robinson, Director, Integrative Medicine Department, UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health]

Cancer Support Community is a nationwide non-profit that offers free emotional and social support programs to cancer patients and their families.  The C-S-C is now in Central Florida, thanks to a new partnership with UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health.  Program Director Diane Robinson gives the example of one recent patient who was feeling stressed by figuring out life after cancer. She then enrolled in the program.

“So it sort of directly impacted her attitude on life, she went back to exercising, nutrition and really felt calmer and less stressed,” she says.

Robinson says support programs like this are lacking in cancer care everywhere. She says the C-S-C has only partnered with one other hospital- a smaller hospital in Greenville South Carolina.  This new program will provide a model for larger institutions like Orlando Health- which sees 5500 new cancer patients each year.  The free services are available to any area cancer patient, regardless of where they receive treatment.  


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