In 2021, we hosted a Virtual Chordoma Community Conference (CCC) Series of five webinars about some of the most common quality of life challenges you face.
Feelings like anxiety, depression, fear, and grief are commonly experienced both by people who have cancer and by their caregivers. Responses to our Chordoma Survivorship Survey indicate that more than half of chordoma patients and survivors and nearly 80 percent of caregivers and co-survivors experience at least one emotional health challenge during their journey with chordoma. During this webinar, we discussed ways to cope with anxiety, depression, grief, and other emotional challenges.
The webinar featured presentations by Jennifer Bires, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Executive Director of Life with Cancer and Patient Experience at Inova Schar Cancer Institute, and Megan Whetstone, LCSW, an oncology social worker with the Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center. Their presentations addressed:
- Common mental health challenges experienced by cancer survivors and co-survivors
- Ways to manage and cope with these challenges
- What type of support is available to you
- How to get help for yourself or your loved one
Following the presentations, our Director of Patient Services, Shannon Lozinsky, MSW, led a question and answer session with the experts and discussed ways the Chordoma Foundation can support you.
Jennifer Bires, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Life with Cancer and Patient Experience
Inova Schar Cancer Institute
Megan Whetstone, LCSW
Oncology Social Worker
Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center
Information provided by the panelists is not patient-specific and is not medical advice. Please follow up with your doctor to discuss the information you learn from this webinar.