Tables Turned

Posted June 23rd, 2020

As the Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Penn, I have never felt prouder of our incredibly devoted staff and faculty. They have stepped up as a group from the very beginning of this global COVID crisis and forged new paths. Our collective expertise and comfort working as a team to deliver the […]


Caregiver Safety

Posted August 8th, 2019

Taking care of another person who is faced with a medical crisis can be simultaneously rewarding and challenging. With newer treatments, people are living longer while having medical and physical needs that require extra attention and TLC. Caregivers do incredible, demanding work day-after-day. Caregivers must be aware of caring for themselves to be able to […]


Why rest? A few thoughts for the road-weary cancer caregiver

Posted April 1st, 2019

There was a dark, pre-dawn morning when I hurried my husband, Gary, to the hospital emergency room. Because when you’re on chemo and you have tubes sticking out of your body, then flu-like symptoms can shout of serious infection. I brought Gary home after five hours of antibiotic infusion, prepared something for him to eat, […]


Exercise for the Caregiver

Posted July 5th, 2018

This webinar provides an overview of the important of exercise and physical activity for caregivers of cancer patients. Joann Fegley, MBA, MS, C-PT is an exercise physiologist specializing in cancer fitness personal training. She is the owner of JoFly’s Fitness and a specialized fitness instructor for Penn Integrative Medicine at the Abramson Cancer Center.


Season Changes: What Season Are You In?

Posted October 19th, 2016

This is the beginning of my favorite time of year, this golden-aspen-football-pumpkin season that extends to turkey-more football-pie-gratitude season—(although gratitude season should be year-round)—followed by the Christmas-music-lights-knitting-scarves-gift-giving season. Photo credit: Unsplash It’s also the season of the long slow sweet good-bye as I walked beside Hubby. Just two years ago. (Why does it seem like last month?) The Byrds […]


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National Cancer Survivors Day Wrap Up

Posted June 23rd, 2016

National Cancer Survivors Day is officially the first Sunday in June each year. Many cancer centers and cancer care organizations plan activities, events and recognitions throughout the month of June. Team OncoLink was honored to coordinate activities at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) to celebrate and recognize cancer survivors. It was great to reach […]


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Preparing for Proton Therapy- A Practical Guide for Patients and Caregivers

Posted March 24th, 2016

This webinar, presented by Katie McFadien, MSW, LSW, focuses on the practical concerns of proton therapy for both patients and caregivers.


Being a Caregiver

Posted November 2nd, 2015

November is National Family Caregiver Month. It’s hard to follow all the pinkness of October, but I hope the millions of people caring for loved ones get a little bit of the limelight this month. Think the NFL will wear caregiver awareness ribbons this month? You see, caregiving is a thankless job. You’re usually damned […]


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Cancer Caregivers Need a Break

Posted August 28th, 2014

As we get ready for a long weekend, Bob offers some encouragement for cancer caregivers to remember to care for themselves.


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Common Phrases Heard at the Cancer Resource Center

Posted August 11th, 2014

Although every situation is unique, I often hear certain common phrases repeated on a regular basis at the cancer resource center.