Helping Women Communicate, Celebrate, and Recuperate From Breast Cancer Through the Breast Cancer "Bridge" Program

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165607
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Helping Women Communicate, Celebrate, and Recuperate From Breast Cancer Through the Breast Cancer "Bridge" Program
Author(s):
Pirollo, Melanie
Author Details:
Melanie Pirollo, South Jersey Regional Cancer Center, Millville, New Jersey, USA
Abstract:
Women facing breast cancer experience shock, anxiety, and fearful anticipation. Their need for consolation, detailed and accurate information, practical advice, and support is well known. The Breast Cancer Bridge Program at South Jersey Hospital is designed to meet those needs in a timely, personal way. The Bridge Program is an educational and supportive service offered to women at no charge. Funding is provided by The Susan G. Komen Foundation and South Jersey Hospital. The Bridge has several unique features: The services are offered to women at the time they find a lump or receive a report of an abnormal mammogram, when anxiety is heightened, as well as at any point along the course of their breast cancer. Survivorship concerns are anticipated, discussed, and addressed prospectively. The program is implemented by an experienced nurse community educator (herself a breast cancer survivor), talented volunteers, and an advisory board of healthcare professionals and cancer survivors. The Bridge nurse provides resources tailored for the individual. The nurse guides women in the use of the Internet for health information and she provides suggestions for effective communication with physicians. She helps women gain an understanding of breast cancer and treatment and she encourages them to ask questions and obtain and understand their medical reports. The nurse and volunteers help the women celebrate milestones of their cancer journey with handmade cards and phone calls. The Bridge nurse works successfully with the American Cancer Society providing breast health programs in schools, churches, elder care groups, and community organizations. The Breast Cancer Bridge has evolved into a comprehensive wellness program with quality of life seminars in which women with breast cancer share concerns about the changes brought on by cancer. The Bridge nurse has acquired a knowledge base of area resources for women with cancer. The South Jersey Hospital is a three-hospital system affiliated with Fox Chase Cancer Center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. The Bridge Program serves women in a five county region in southern New Jersey.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2002
Conference Name:
27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Washington, D.C., USA
Note:
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHelping Women Communicate, Celebrate, and Recuperate From Breast Cancer Through the Breast Cancer "Bridge" Programen_GB
dc.contributor.authorPirollo, Melanieen_US
dc.author.detailsMelanie Pirollo, South Jersey Regional Cancer Center, Millville, New Jersey, USAen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165607-
dc.description.abstractWomen facing breast cancer experience shock, anxiety, and fearful anticipation. Their need for consolation, detailed and accurate information, practical advice, and support is well known. The Breast Cancer Bridge Program at South Jersey Hospital is designed to meet those needs in a timely, personal way. The Bridge Program is an educational and supportive service offered to women at no charge. Funding is provided by The Susan G. Komen Foundation and South Jersey Hospital. The Bridge has several unique features: The services are offered to women at the time they find a lump or receive a report of an abnormal mammogram, when anxiety is heightened, as well as at any point along the course of their breast cancer. Survivorship concerns are anticipated, discussed, and addressed prospectively. The program is implemented by an experienced nurse community educator (herself a breast cancer survivor), talented volunteers, and an advisory board of healthcare professionals and cancer survivors. The Bridge nurse provides resources tailored for the individual. The nurse guides women in the use of the Internet for health information and she provides suggestions for effective communication with physicians. She helps women gain an understanding of breast cancer and treatment and she encourages them to ask questions and obtain and understand their medical reports. The nurse and volunteers help the women celebrate milestones of their cancer journey with handmade cards and phone calls. The Bridge nurse works successfully with the American Cancer Society providing breast health programs in schools, churches, elder care groups, and community organizations. The Breast Cancer Bridge has evolved into a comprehensive wellness program with quality of life seminars in which women with breast cancer share concerns about the changes brought on by cancer. The Bridge nurse has acquired a knowledge base of area resources for women with cancer. The South Jersey Hospital is a three-hospital system affiliated with Fox Chase Cancer Center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. The Bridge Program serves women in a five county region in southern New Jersey.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:21:44Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:21:44Z-
dc.conference.date2002en_US
dc.conference.name27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationWashington, D.C., USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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