Cancer Support Community launches national program to assist patients with cancer

AmgenThe Cancer Support Community (CSC) and the Amgen Foundation, today announced the launch of Open to Options", a program designed to bridge the communications gap between physicians and patients and inspire patient confidence in making treatment decisions. Following a successful pilot funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Open to Options program is ready to provide professional counselors who help more people formulate a list of personalized questions and concerns to be taken into the oncologist's office.

"The number and complexity of options for treating cancer can be overwhelming for people," said Vicki Kennedy, Vice President of Program Development & Delivery at the CSC. "The goal of Open to Options is to help people affected by all cancers evaluate their options so they can feel more confident and communicate clearly with their doctor so a decision is made that best fits their individual desires and goals."

"We are delighted to support the Open to Options program as part of our ongoing commitment to empowering patients to take an active role in their care," said Jean Lim Terra, president of the Amgen Foundation. "The resources that the Cancer Support Community provides individuals and families helps to ensure that those affected by cancer have the knowledge and support they need to make the right decisions at the right time."

The program was created in response to CSC research that found the majority of cancer patients are unprepared to make treatment decisions. A CSC pilot study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 9 out of 10 patients felt that the list of questions, concerns and expectations contributed to a more productive appointment with their doctor and that the oncologist answered most of their questions. The study also showed:

  • A decrease in anxiety about the appointment for most patients
  • Repeat use of the tools and techniques learned
  • Patient and physician satisfaction

"Open to Options helped me prioritize my questions and concerns in a concise, logical order to help me optimize my time with the oncologist," said Trish H., a multiple myeloma patient who participated in the Open to Options pilot. "When I went into his office, I had my concerns printed out and when I left the appointment I knew that I had decided on the treatment option that was right for me."

About the Cancer Support Community
Backed by evidence that the best cancer care includes emotional and social support, the Cancer Support Community offers these services to all people affected by cancer. Likely the largest professionally-led network of cancer support worldwide, the organization delivers a comprehensive menu of personalized and essential services. Because no cancer care plan is complete without emotional and social support, the Cancer Support Community has a vibrant network of community-based centers and online services run by trained and licensed professionals.

In July 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda's Club Worldwide joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. The combined organization provides high-quality psychological and social support through a network of nearly 50 local affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations and online.

About the Amgen Foundation
The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance science education; improve patient access to quality care; and strengthen the communities where Amgen staff members live and work. Since 1991, the Foundation has made nearly $180 million in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Europe that impact society in inspiring and innovative ways, and those that provide disaster relief efforts both domestically and internationally.

Most Popular Now

Fasenra (benralizumab) receives US FDA approval fo…

AstraZeneca and its global biologics research and development arm, MedImmune, announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Fasenra (benralizumab)...

Pfizer receives FDA approval for SUTENT® (sunitini…

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new indication expanding the use of SUTENT® (sunitinib malate) to include...

Novartis' Ultibro® Breezhaler® significantly impro…

Novartis today announced positive results from the FLASH** study examining the safety and efficacy of directly switching chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) pati...

New Novartis Entresto® real world evidence data sh…

Novartis has announced new results from a real-world database study of patients in Germany prescribed Entresto® (sacubitril/valsartan) for heart failure with reduced ejec...

FDA approves pill with sensor that digitally track…

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in the U.S. with a digital ingestion tracking system. Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) ...

Scientists find natural mimetics of anti-cancer …

Researchers from the Biogerontology Research Foundation, Insilico Medicine, Life Extension and other institutions announce the publication of a landmark study in the jour...

Novartis, ASCP and ACS join forces to fight cancer…

Novartis, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) will work together to devise a common approach to improve access to ca...

World's smallest tape recorder is built from micro…

Through a few clever molecular hacks, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have converted a natural bacterial immune system into a microscopic data recorder...

Using social media big data to combat prescription…

Researchers at Dartmouth, Stanford University, and IBM Research, conducted a critical review of existing literature to determine whether social media big data can be used...

Discovery of a promising medication for amyotrophi…

Researchers from the University of Montréal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) and the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) at the University of Calgary have discovered a medi...

Sclerosis medicine can fight multi-resistant bacte…

Encountering bacteria with innocent names such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Enterobacteriaceae can lead to hospitalisation and - in a worst-case scenario - can also be l...

Mushrooms are full of antioxidants that may have a…

Mushrooms may contain unusually high amounts of two antioxidants that some scientists suggest could help fight aging and bolster health, according to a team of Penn State...

Pharmaceutical Companies

[ A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Z ]