Supporting you is at the *heart* of everything we do
This month, we hope you have taken the time to check in on the health of your heart for heart month. At Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HealthONE, we want to support you this month (and every month!) both emotionally and physically to ensure your heart is as healthy as possible throughout your cancer journey.
Successful survivorship takes into account all aspects of your being: body, mind and spirit. As part of our commitment to your health, we have compiled the largest network of cancer resources to support you and your loved ones during this journey.
This newsletter contains some resources that might be helpful to keep you and your loved ones connected and healthy, regardless of your cancer (or relationship) status!
As always, we also encourage you to check out our survivorship hub, available 24/7 with information about local, Denver-area resources.
We're here for you every step of the way. Don't hesitate to give us a call to ask questions or find resources at askSARAH.
“Cancer is messy and scary. You throw everything at it, but don't forget to throw love at it. It turns out that might be the best weapon of all.”
-Regina Brett, American Journalist and Breast Cancer Survivor
Finding a romantic partner is stressful enough-- add a cancer diagnosis and treatment into the mix, and even the most confident of us can feel tested. Below are a few tips we have compiled about dating during your cancer journey.
Decide who to tell, and when
It's up to you to decide who you want to tell about your diagnosis or treatment. You don't have to tell everyone you date, but it's important to tell those who you might be developing serious, lasting relationships with. Deciding when to tell someone does not have a one-size-fits-all answer, but consider: following your intuition, being honest about your feelings; and being prepared to answer questions from your love interest.
Think positively about yourself
Focus on things that you like about yourself. No matter where you are on your cancer journey, cancer doesn't define you. Make a list of qualities you bring to a partner.
Talk with other cancer survivors
The best advice often comes from others who have lived through it. Look into virtual and in-person support groups to meet others who have lived similar life experiences.
Don't forget your worth
You may not find Mr. or Ms. Right the first time you venture on a date, but hold out for someone who sees your strength, resilience and growth. In the meantime, surround yourself with family and friends who can support and love you.
Check out a few resources, listed below, to help you navigate your journey.
Cancer and Your Heart
Cancer survival rates are improving each year. Now, more than 15 million people with a history of cancer are alive today.
This is wonderful news, but it also creates new considerations for people who are surviving cancer. Cancer treatment, while lifesaving, can be damaging to other parts of the body, especially the heart. Additionally, many who are going through or have gone through cancer treatment have several other conditions placing stress on the heart.
HealthONE's Denver Heart provides cardiovascular support for oncology patients before, during and after treatment. Services include any combination of the following:
- Risk factor assessment
- Pre-existing cardiovascular condition treatment/management
- Regular monitoring during treatment
- Any heart care needs that arise during treatment
- Follow up for high-risk patients
- Treatment for cancer survivors with cardiac damage
- Advanced cardiovascular imaging
Learn more about cardio-oncology treatment at HealthONE.
New, dedicated cancer center in the heart of Denver
We are excited to announce that the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute and Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center (P/SL) has created a comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer center, right in the heart of Denver. Located on P/SL's campus, this center was created uniquely and lovingly for cancer patients to include:
- comprehensive patient support services and resources
- centralized patient navigation
- increased capacity for blood cancer and bone marrow transplant patients
- dedicated, accessible entrance and blood draw rooms
- patient wellness services
- appearance center and more!
Learn more about the new cancer center at P/SL
Communication Through The Cancer Journey
The cancer journey can be a difficult and challenging time not only for the patient, but also the caregiver, who is often a family member. Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute experts share ways that caregivers can best support their loved ones through communication every step of the way, while also caring for themselves.
1. Understand how your loved one is feeling
2. Don't let cancer define you
3. Work together and establish boundaries
4. Remember to take care of yourself
5. Don't be afraid to ask for help
6. Be prepared and known when to use resources
7. You're a team
Read more on our blog.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HealthONE | 4900 S. Monaco St.| Denver, CO 80237
Telephone: (303) 253-3225