WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hospice Foundation of America has developed "Coping with Cancer at the End of Life," a free online webinar that examines the impact of advanced cancer, and how family, professionals and volunteers can manage the demands of caring for someone with end-stage cancer.
While early detection and treatment now make cancer a manageable, if not curable disease, one out of every four Americans still die because of cancer. "When treatment is ineffective, and the disease is too advanced, patients and families face highly emotional and very difficult decisions," says Amy Tucci, President/CEO of HFA. "Shifting the focus of care to quality of life does not mean losing hope or giving up; hospice care can be an excellent option for many cancer patients."
In addition to the program, additional resources and Fact Sheets can be downloaded for sharing with staff, students, and community members at no charge. Free Continuing Education credits are available for a wide range of professionals. This program is part of HFA's Hospice Information Center, an extensive online library that also includes programs such as Understanding Hospice, Family Caregiving, Understanding Grief, and End-of-Life Challenges facing the LGBT Community. The programming provides hospices and other community organizations the opportunity to educate staff and volunteers about the basics of hospice care, caregiving, and grief, and links are provided to guide viewers to more information on a variety of subjects. Other resources are available for consumers, to help family and friends learn about hospice and how it can help people cope with some of life's most challenging situations, in a format that is accessible and understandable. Resources are also available in Spanish and Chinese.
Hospice Foundation of America (www.hospicefoundation.org) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help those who cope personally or professionally with terminal illness, death, and the process of grief and bereavement. This project is provided through the support of a grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to support hospice and end-of-life care outreach and education. CMS funds of $571,000 with HFA in-kind services of $5,710 are funding a variety of outreach and educational programs, including this project.
SOURCE Hospice Foundation of America