Programs for Caregivers
If you’re helping a loved one through cancer treatment, then you are a caregiver. Although you can’t take someone else’s journey, you can share in that journey and provide invaluable support. Each caregiver has unique gifts they can offer at this difficult time. We often recommend the following programs to caregivers and family members.
10 Sessions, January 12 – March 16
Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Eric FitzMedrud, Ph.D. & Kathryn Ford, M.D.
Major illness creates a variety of challenges for a couple, from the strain on energies and financial resources to the existential issues raised. Whatever difficulties they were having before the diagnosis may either be magnified by this significant additional stress, or conversely may go underground and need attention at various points in the future. Breast cancer and ovarian cancer have emotional consequences for both partners that need to be addressed with sensitivity. This group is a supportive community of couples interested in exploring ways to enhance their relationships.
Free of charge. Register (650) 326-6686 or toll free (888) 222-4401
A BCC tradition, these Thursday evening sessions are designed for people at all stages of treatment and beyond. Family members and friends are also welcome to attend. Respected local doctors and nurses answer your questions about various aspects of breast cancer. A therapist facilitates the discussion and offers support, while those attending share emotional and practical concerns and coping tips. Please see our calendar for scheduled speakers.
Free of charge. Drop-in.
Our library houses an extensive collection of cancer books, medical articles, DVDs, CDs, and periodicals relevant to your diagnosis and treatment options. Most materials are available for loan for up to three weeks.
Circulating Books About:
Dealing with the diagnosis
Complementary & alternative medicine
Caregiver and support roles
Life after treatment
Clinical trials: what they are, types, where they can be found
Providers of equipment and services
Support groups in the area
Resources for caregivers/family/friends
Help with employment/financial issues
Explanations of current research advances
Alternative/complementary medical information
Peer Reviewed Scientific Publications:
Abstracts of research studies
Reviews of research
Guidelines to understand treatment and doctor recommendations
Analyses of research studies
- Explain a pathology report
- Find appropriate resources to address
your medical questions
- Explain standard treatment guidelines
- Navigate our library
- Locate clinical trials
- Explore a personal decision using
My Personalized Decision Guide
Medical Information Services Team
- Erika Bell, Ph.D.
- Mira Geffner
Free of charge. By appointment (650) 326-6686 or toll free (888) 222-4401
First and third Wednesdays
Mary Horngren, CMHt
Mary will guide you through deep relaxation techniques for mind and body, helping you to tap into your own healing powers and lower your stress level. CD audio recordings are available for loan in our library.
Free of charge. Drop-in.
BCC is here to support you every step of the way. View our full menu of programs and services.