COVID-19 and CANCER:
Tools for Patients, Survivors & Caregivers in Massachusetts
The world is facing a never before seen crisis, and for those with a pre-existing medical condition, such as a cancer diagnosis, extra care and attention is critical. We’ve compiled up-to-date information and resources to help guide you through this uncertain time. Click below for more information. This site is updated daily. Contact us with any questions. If your organization would like to be included on our resources page, please contact us to learn about our vetting process.
Apple and CDC, together with the White House and FEMA, launched a new website and app with a COVID-19 screening tool and resources to help people protect their health.
Are all cancer patients at risk? Or just those currently getting treatment?
Can patients and survivors get tested to see if they’re immunosuppressed?
Researchers at Fred Hutch have curated advice regarding who is most at risk for COVID-19 and what you can do to stay healthy.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology has created information for
Care of Individuals with Cancer During COVID-19
11 things everyone should know about getting the novel coronavirus
If you have Covid-19 symptoms, here’s when to seek medical care and how to protect the people you live with.
Interim Guidance for Implementing Home Care of People Not Requiring Hospitalization for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
How to Navigate Cancer in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Grocery Shopping During COVID-19
Shopping for groceries can be daunting. What happens if some key items on your list are sold out? How do you keep your distance in a crowded produce aisle? And just how many people have touched that jar of peanut butter or can of beans you brought home? The NYT talked to infectious disease experts about how to shop for groceries during the coronavirus crisis.
This Wellness Guide For Cancer Survivors was created for adults in Massachusetts who have survived any type of cancer. It was developed by Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Prevention & Control Network Survivorship Work Group. Click the forward and back arrows on your computer to turn each page.
Free Resources To Help Calm the Mind & Body
MyLifeLine.org was created to connect cancer patients and caregivers to their family, friends, and others like them for social and emotional support. Today, more than ever, we recognize how important community can be. We are here for you. Join us here or call our helpline: 888-793-9355.
In times like these, we need practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety. The meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks on this page will help you build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos. Resources added daily.
East Coast Mindfulness offers FREE meditation sessions every Thursday, 12:10 – 12:50PM US Eastern Time. Use the link below to register once for this free offering, after which you will be emailed a Zoom link so that you can participate. All are recorded for use at a later time.
This FREE app offers one minute breathing exercises taken from Dr. Jud’s award-winning behavior change programs. You will build mindfulness, calm and focus as well as and be supported in accessing a mindful state when you need it — in the midst of a busy day, or a quiet moment at home.
Apply for a grant from the Randi Friedman Wellness Program and receive a 6-month membership to enjoy the meditation app CALM
NPR Music is compiling a list of live audio and video streams from around the world, categorized by date and genre, with links out to streaming platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home. These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours.
From Newsies to Sweeney Todd, Playbill is running down some of the best filmed Broadway shows—and where to find them online.
The musicians of the Seattle Symphony have generously volunteered to share free broadcasts with everyone during this time of uncertainty. All broadcasts can be streamed through the Symphony’s social media channels on YouTube and Facebook
Google Arts & Culture has hundreds of museums and galleries across the worlds to tour online.
Free Streamed Concerts from Wingmore Hall in London
Livestrong has compiled a start-to-finish guide to at-home workouts; from the home-gym equipment you’ll need (or not need — body-weight exercises are perfect for home fitness) to every workout type and target you could ever imagine.
FREE online yoga classes. Upon registration, use the promo code “ONLINE” to access all yoga content for a limited time.
To support the wellbeing of our community during these uncertain times, POPSUGAR is offering Active by POPSUGAR for free so you and your loved ones can stay active at home.
Online Social Networks
MyBCTeam is a social network and online support group for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. MyBCTeam gives you the easiest way to find the best team of breast cancer providers and peers who are living with or have survived breast cancer. Share with others like you, and learn from their experience.
Anyone impacted by a diagnosis of cancer knows that the sense of isolation, loss of control, feelings of helplessness, the desire to connect, and even celebrate good news. The Living Room provides a place where anyone impacted by cancer can find support, education and hope. Connect through more than 20 cancer message boards, including a space for teens impacted by cancer.
What We Talk About, created by the Mass General Hospital Cancer Center, is intended to be a place where the community of people, both ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ the hospital can come to read, write, and think about the terms that connect to cancer.
GRYT Health is an award-winning, mobile app-based social community founded by cancer survivors and caregivers who wanted to create a more human approach to helping people live on their own terms. The GRYT app is an award-winning mobile app that provides instant, anonymous peer support and tailored information to anyone affected by cancer including patients, survivors, caregivers, friends, family, medical professionals, researchers and advocates
Cancer Hope Network is a national non-profit that provides free, confidential one-on-one emotional support to cancer patients, caregivers, and their family members. Cancer Hope Network matches cancer patients or family members with trained volunteer cancer survivors who themselves, have undergone and recovered from a similar cancer experience.
iCancerHealth helps patients, their caregivers and medical teams to share information more easily. Free and easy-to-use, the app can be downloaded on your computer, tablet and phone. Manage medications; Track & report symptoms to your doctor; Reach out and connect with other patients; Involve your caretaker(s); Store and share medically relevant information; Record changes in your overall health; Access resources and information from Cancer Hope Network Click HERE. for to sign up for your free account.
PatientsLikeMe is a for-profit company, but not one with a “just for profit” mission. We follow four core values: putting patients first, promoting transparency (“no surprises”), fostering openness and creating “wow.” We’re guided by these values as we continually enhance our platform, where patients can share and learn from real-world, outcome-based health data. We’ve also centered our business around these values by aligning patient and industry interests through data-sharing partnerships. We work with trusted nonprofit, research and industry Partners who use this health data to improve products, services and care for patients.
MyHealthTeams creates social network for chronic condition communities. We believe that when you or a loved one are diagnosed with a disease, it should be easy to connect with people just like you, who can share their experiences, and help you discover the best people around to help you.
Online Support Groups Through CancerCare:
- Healing with Words — A Therapeutic Writing Group
- LGBT Caregiver Support Group
- Men With Cancer Support Group
- Post-Treatment Survivorship Support Group
Read this report by The National Alliance for Caregiving entitled:
“Catalyzing Technology to Support Family Caregiving.”
My Cancer Coach, developed in partnership with BreastCancer.org and Fight Colorectal Cancer, is a free mobile tool, designed for cancer patients, to provide specific information about personalized cancer treatment options and to help manage your cancer journey. The Cancer Coach provides breast and colon cancer patients with treatment information specific to their diagnosis, includes calendar, note-taking and audio-recording functions, and has a glossary of terms as well as links to additional resources.
CaringBridge connects you with the support of friends and family when its needed most.CaringBridge for iPhone/iPad makes it simple: create a website, visit a friend’s page, add updates or encouraging notes, and share your story. For iPhone and Android.
Get easy-to-use tools to help you plan and manage care – from diagnosis through treatment and beyond – provided by Cancer.Net. Brought to you by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). iTUNES/ APPLE or Goolge Play or Amazon Intuitive, on-the-go tools keep track of questions, symptoms, medications, appointments, and health care providers, allowing you to: •Get Information •Record Questions • Log Medications • Track Symptoms • Appointments • Providers.
The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship has created the Pocket Cancer Guide. Browse hundreds of questions in categories relevant to stages of your cancer diagnosis. Build lists of questions to use when speaking with your doctor/nurse. Record and playback answers; link appointments; explore extensive glossary to learn more about terminology. For iPhone