“We are grateful to the John T. Macdonald Foundation for this generous grant,” said CSCGM executive director Danielle Spiegelman. “As a member of the South Florida health care community, we are committed to providing patient-centered care in the face of a cancer diagnosis.
These funds help us continue our mission to deliver the highest quality of psycho-social oncology to the newly diagnosed and all those living with cancer in Miami-Dade.”
CSC National developed this comprehensive distress screening program created specifically for the Cancer Support Communities worldwide, community-based hospitals, physician practices and advocacy organizations to integrate screening, referral and follow-up care through a single, streamlined, program. This is the second grant awarded to CSCGM by the Macdonald Foundation for the program.
Routine screening for social and emotional distress is a key component to comprehensive quality cancer care and is a recommendation of the 2008 Institute of Medicine report, Cancer Care for the Whole Patient, Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs.
According to American Cancer Society statistics, one in every two men and one in every three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. In 2015, approximately 105,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Florida.
For more than 13 years, CSCGM has helped over 25,000 people impacted by cancer, improved their quality of life by providing free educational and emotional support programs. CSCGM is part of an international organization that is the merging of The Wellness Community – National and Gilda’s Club Worldwide. Since 2010 the two organizations have been operating together as the Cancer Support Community (CSC) with their world affiliate headquarters in Washington, D.C.
For information, call 305-668-5900 or go to www.CancerSupportCommunityGreaterMiami.org.