CSC Webinar Schedule

CSC Webinar Schedule  

Wednesday, July 22nd Balancing Work & Career – part of the Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Melanoma program
  • Geared towards melanoma patients and caregivers, but open to all
Join this free webinar, Balancing Work and Cancer for an interactive discussion on how a cancer diagnosis can impact employment and career, as well as tips to help manage these challenges. Speakers:
  • Christine Brennan, Associate Director of Programs, Cancer and Careers
  • Patient representative
Click here to register.
Wednesday, July 29th Coping with Unexpected Challenges – part of the Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Lung Cancer program
  • Aimed at lung cancer patients and caregivers, but open to all
Join the webinar, Coping with Unexpected Challenges for a discussion on some common challenges people diagnosed with lung cancer face as well as resources and tips to help you manage these concerns. Speakers:
  • Joanna L. Fawzy Morales, Esq., CEO Triage Cancer
  • Jan Miller, LPC, Program Director Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids
  • Patient representative
Click here to register.
Thursday, August 13th Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Coping with Metastatic Cancer Join the webinar, Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Coping with Metastatic Cancer for a discussion on common concerns that people diagnosed with metastatic cancer face in everyday life, as well as resources and tips to help manage these concerns. During the webinar there will be opportunity to participate in an interactive mindful meditation session. Speakers:
  • Felice Apolinsky, LCSW, Program Director, Gilda’s Club Nashville
  • Dawson Wells, MSSW Candidate, Mindful Meditation Facilitator, Gilda’s Club Nashville
  • Patient representative
Click here to register.
Tuesday, August 18th Managing Out-of-Pocket Costs – as part of the Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Melanoma program Geared towards melanoma patients/caregivers, but open to all. Join the webinar, Managing Out-of-Pocket Costs for a discussion on managing out-of-pocket expenses and tips for support. Speakers:
  • Joanna L. Fawzy Morales, Esq., CEO Triage Cancer Angie Santangelo, LISW-S, Program Director Cancer Support Community Central Ohio
  • Patient Representative
Click to register.
5-Part Webinar Series Join CSC every Wednesday evening starting September 23rd to October 21st for a 5-part webinar series that addresses the following topics:
  • Episode 1: Coping with Fatigue – Wednesday, September 23rd
  • Episode 2: Managing Bone Health – Wednesday September 30th
  • Episode 3: Managing Sleep Health – Wednesday, October 7th
  • Episode 4: Coping with Hormone Therapy Side Effects – Wednesday, October 14th
  • Episode 5: Coping with Nausea and Vomiting – Wednesday, October 21st
For more information and to register for each of these episodes:  
  Additional webinars – stay tuned for more information…
  • Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Lung Cancer, Coping with Stigma, Blame and Shame – planned for November
  • Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, Relapse – planned for November

Member Profile: Scott Swindell

Scott Swindell

Husband, Father, Executive…

Proud Cancer Support Community North Texas Member

  Untitled   “I wouldn’t be married if it wasn’t for Cancer Support Community North Texas…wouldn’t have had a child or bought a house. I’m 45 years old and I just bought my first home this past Sunday. I credit CSCNT with getting me to the point that I could do that. It’s a big step – they helped me refind me after cancer and what’s ‘normal.’” Diagnosed with Stage 2B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 24, Scott Swindell says the last thing he was thinking about at that age was dying. And thanks to aggressive medical treatment, a few years later, he was in remission. But the effects of cancer were far from over. It was only after seeing a therapist with his girlfriend nearly 15 years later to address some couples issues that he realized cancer had left its psychological mark. According to Scott, his therapist told him: “Scott, you don’t have a relationship issue, you have a cancer issue”…and pointed him to Cancer Support Community North Texas so he could surround himself with people who’d also experienced the emotional journey that is a cancer diagnosis. He wasn’t thrilled with the idea, but promised his therapist he’d go and participate at least three times. “I decided to surrender myself to the process.” And now he can’t imagine what his life would’ve been like without CSCNT. “I don’t think I ever cried about the cancer before going there…and I remember getting teary eyed for the first time. In 15 years, I had never really talked about the cancer. I walked out of my first support group very emotional…but it’s about trusting that this was the right thing to do. I had been dealing with this for 15 years, it was time for me to let go.” Scott said prior to CSCNT, he had a “hunker down” mentality – that he didn’t want to get married and would sabotage good relationships because he knew it’d ultimately meant having kids, “and the last thing I was going to do is take a chance of my child going through this cancer.” He didn’t want to buy a car or a house because he was afraid that he could at some point lose his job or insurance – he didn’t want to take any risks or step beyond his comfort zone. “CSCNT helped me readjust my mentality – it’s not normal to not want to get married because you’re afraid…or to not buy a new car in case you go broke. I was always thinking about if the cancer comes back…” He recalls one particular support group as the seminal turning point for him. “I was part of a 2-hour conversation session with 10 other cancer patients in the room…and the conversation ended up being all about me. I’ll never forget a man in the group, Joseph. He had gone through remission, gotten married and lived a full life, and the cancer reoccurred. But he just pushed through it. It was one of those moments that I realized I could do what this guy did…I can live beyond the cancer. It was an amazing conversation for me to have with him. I would have never had that conversation had it not been for CSCNT.” Fast forward to 2015, Scott is now married with a young son, and he and his wife, XX, just signed a contract on their first house. In fact, he says he now feels like a mentor to others who once faced what he did. I tell people: “If you think this is like AA, it’s not. It’s not a 12-step program. All programs like that are focused around a weakness… when people think of a support group, it’s about fixing a weakness. This isn’t that. It’s about making you stronger.”      ]]>

Press Release: Eye-Opening Findings

Eye-Opening Findings:

Research Reveals Cancer Patients Receiving Psychological, Social Support

Decrease Risk of Cancer Recurrence and Dying by Nearly 50 Percent

Additional Dallas-based research shows more than 80 percent of people view psychological and social/emotional support as important as medical treatment for cancer

  DALLAS, TX – In the never-ending search for ways to decrease cancer risk and to enhance life after a cancer diagnosis, Cancer Support Community North Texas (CSCNT), through research compiled by the national Cancer Support Community’s Research Institute, is sharing findings that cancer patients who received psychological and social/emotional support during treatment decreased their risk of cancer recurrence by 45 percent, and their risk of dying from cancer by 56 percent. The 2008 research*, published in the prestigious journal Cancer and conducted by Dr. Barbara Andersen – a leader in the field of psychoneuroimmunology of cancer for more than 25 years – is coming to light now as the public dialogue focus continues to evolve to include new ways to enhance cancer treatment and survivorship. Encouraged by these findings and wanting to better serve North Texas, CSCNT embarked on its own survey of adults in the Greater Dallas area to determine their perceptions of cancer treatment and support. Similarly, CSCNT’s study revealed that more than 80 percent of people now view psychological and social/emotional support as important as medical treatment for cancer care**. “For years, our organization has witnessed the positive impact psychological and social/emotional support can have on cancer patients and their families,” says Mirchelle Louis, CEO of CSCNT. “Now we have the research and public sentiment to back up this important part of the cancer care cycle. It’s a real shift in thinking for the cancer care community – and an exciting one.” “Living with a cancer diagnosis doesn’t come with an instruction manual. No one does a better job of addressing the emotional and social needs of cancer patients than Cancer Support Community,” says Dr. Lalan Wilfong of Texas Oncology and a working partner of CSCNT. “Cancer care is a collaborative effort. Psycho-social needs are just as important as medical needs. The program of support, education and wellness that Cancer Support Community North Texas provides to cancer patients and their families is a critical part of cancer care. I recommend Cancer Support Community’s free, comprehensive program of support to all of my patients.” Several other recent studies on the impact of psycho-social and emotional support on cancer patients and their journeys also revealed additional positive benefits:
  • Nearly 25 percent less healthcare utilization – A 2004 study by Dr. Linda Carlson*** found that patients who engaged in active support during their cancer journey decreased their cost of healthcare utilization by approximately 24 percent over those that did not
  • Better treatment adherence by more than 50 percent – A 2014 Cancer Support Community Cancer Experience Registry study**** underscored the importance of mental health and financial assistance during a cancer journey, as the study of nearly 400 patients who experienced both financial hardship and a high risk of depression, 57 percent practiced poor treatment adherence, meaning they skipped or missed doses of oral cancer medication and postponed filling prescriptions
The takeaway from all of the research, Louis says, is becoming increasingly clear both within the medical and patient communities: “While everyone diagnosed with cancer faces two challenges – a medical one and an emotional/psycho-social one – what people are now realizing is that treating both are equally important.” She adds: “Our physician partners agree, our greatest cancer survivorship successes happen when we treat the whole person…and we hope more and more people will let us do just that.” About Cancer Support Community North Texas Cancer Support Community North Texas (CSCNT) is affiliated with the national Cancer Support Community organization, the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, and is dedicated to helping ensure no one faces cancer alone. Completely free of charge and a nonprofit, CSCNT is a place where people with cancer as well as their families and friends are learning to live with cancer and thrive beyond it through education, psychological support, networking, children’s programs, workshops and other cancer-centered resources. Backed by evidence that the best and most effective cancer care includes social and emotional support, the community serves as a lifeline for strength, hope, encouragement, and guidance. The effects are often life-changing. For more information, visit ###]]>

Positive Postures @ Bikram Yoga Dallas



Cancer Support Community North Texas is excited to announce that it has been chosen as the third-quarter non-profit organization to benefit from Bikram Yoga Dallas’ Positive Postures program. The new initiative selects one local charity per quarter to be the recipient of 100 percent of the fee from the 5:00 p.m. Positive Postures class on the second Saturday of each month.

Join us at Bikram Yoga Dallas’ Lakewood studio at 5:00 p.m. on July 18th, August 8th and September 12th for the very first 60-minute Positive Postures classes. The fee for each is $25 and includes mat and towel service with all of the proceeds going directly to Cancer Support Community North Texas. We are thrilled about this new partnership and look forward to an exciting quarter with Bikram Yoga Dallas. We encourage you to invite friends and family to one of the three classes (or all of them!) and spread the word via social media. The more attendees the more benefit to Cancer Support Community North Texas!

To register for a Positive Postures class,

click on the date you would like to attend:

July 18th

August 8th

September 12th


Bikram Yoga Dallas – Lakewood

6333 East Mockingbird Lane #253, Dallas, TX 75214

(214) 824-9642 | |


First time doing Bikram Yoga? Click here for FAQ’s.


Common Medical Terms

Common Medical Terms

There are many new cancer medical terms you hear when you are diagnosed with cancer. The following phrases are often used to describe the success or failure rates of various treatments, and how your cancer is responding to therapy.

Complete Response 

This means that on an x-ray or other imaging scan, the tumor appears to be completely gone as a result of treatment. (This is not the same as “cure”.)

Partial Response 

This usually means that the tumor has shrunk in size by at least 30%.

Stable Disease 

This means the tumor did not grow or shrink much.

Progressive Disease 

This means the tumor is growing in spite of the treatment you received. When this happens, that specific therapy is usually stopped or modified in some way.

Apparently Cancer-Free 

This means the tumor has disappeared after treatment.

First-Line Therapy 

This means a treatment (e.g., a particular type of chemotherapy) is the first therapy received, before any other treatments are used. Second line therapy may follow and so on.

Multimodality or Combined Modality Therapy 

This means the use of a chemotherapy regimen along with surgery, radiation therapy, targeted therapy or a combination.

Palliative Therapy

This means the treatment that is given to relieve symptoms, provide better quality of life, and perhaps extend life when cure is not probable.