Together We Can -- Newsletter of the Joan Karnell Cancer Center

Summer 2005

A Nutritional Journey
Message From the Administrator
Understanding Positron Emission Tomography (PET Scan)
Psychological Services
Favorite Recipes
Honors, Awards & Publications
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Message From the Administrator

Welcome to the summer issue of Together We Can, the newsletter of the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital. The feedback from patients, families and staff about our new newsletter format has been very positive.

We are pleased to provide more in-depth information on topics of interest, such as nutrition, as well as more photographs and reports about recent programs and events. We hope this will inspire you to participate in one of the many opportunities for support, education and screening that are offered by the Joan Karnell Cancer Center.

An important part of supportive care programming at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center is psychological counseling. We have recently expanded our psychological counseling services to include bereavement counseling. This program is under the direction of Edna Foa, MD, Professor and Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Foa and her associates provide direct care to patients and families, focusing on end of life and bereavement issues, on an individual basis. They are also assisting in development of support for children and adolescents who are facing an illness in their family. Dr. Foa and her group provide supportive services to the staff at the Cancer Center as well, improving the quality of care. These services are available at no cost to patients and families.

On a recent Saturday, a group of families and staff members gathered for “Planting Seeds for Growth,” a program designed for children ages 6 to 12 whose parents are facing a diagnosis of cancer. The day included a tour of the Cancer Center, so that children could better understand what happens when parents are here; time for parents to gather and learn about how to talk with their kids about cancer; time for children to gather and support each other through stories and art; and family time to create a healthy lunch and plant seeds to symbolize growing together as a family in coping with cancer.

The program was well received by parents and children. We hope to provide more opportunities such as this, recognizing that cancer is a disease that affects not only the patient but the entire family.


Mary Pat Lynch, CRNP, MSN, AOCN
Administrator, Joan Karnell Cancer Center


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