Edward offers Brain Tumor Support Group.
Naperville Sun HealthAware column:
New group provides support for brain tumor patients
November 26, 2013
The Brain Tumor Support Group, which meets at the Edward Cancer Center in Naperville every fourth Thursday, is facilitated by two of the center's staff: social worker Linda Conlin, LCSW, and Hope Prasse, RN, a radiation oncology nurse. They lead discussions on the physical, emotional and financial challenges the participants may face.
"We also offer counseling and help with such practical matters as dealing with insurance companies or the Social Security Administration," says Conlin.
All of the center's support groups are open to anyone who's had a cancer diagnosis, whether or not they've received treatment at Edward. Caregivers are also welcome. The groups sometimes break up into subgroups, one geared to the cancer patients, and the second to support of the caregivers.
“Support groups are especially important for people with brain tumors,” says neurosurgeon Michael J. Caron, MD, Co-director of Edward Hospital's Neuro-Oncology Multidisciplinary Center and Associate Medical Director of the Edward Neurosciences Institute. “They need help in dealing with the difficult diagnosis and neurological abnormalities that can include impaired memory, speech, strength, sensation and loss of energy. The families are affected too, so providing support for the caregivers is also important."
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