A Little Known Secret

Posted on: February 1, 2016

By Jewel Johl, MD

By Jewel Johl, MD

It is hard to describe the physical and emotional stress people feel when dealing with cancer.  Whether it is a patient, spouse, family member or friend, everyone can benefit from psychosocial support, but not all have the resources to pay for this valuable service.  I would like to tell you about  an invaluable resource called Cancer Support Community.

For over 10 years, my colleagues and I have referred our patients to Cancer Support Community in Walnut Creek.  They provide comprehensive integrative care for people with cancer, their families and caregivers.  Their services are provided free of charge and include counseling, support groups, nutrition, and exercise and patient education programs.  Through their programs, they enable cancer patients to achieve the highest possible quality of life.

All of their programs and services are evidence-based to positively impact cancer treatment outcomes and/or immune system functioning, and they are all delivered by professionals who are licensed or certified in their area of expertise.  Their main center is in Walnut Creek.  They also provide services in local medical centers and in several other community locations throughout the Bay Area.

They are the only organization of their kind in Northern California.  While an affiliate of the international Cancer Support Community organization, they are structured to be an independent nonprofit corporation, so all of the funds they raise are used to underwrite programs and services in our local community.

The late Ted Kennedy stated, “As a cancer survivor, I understand the emotional and social impact of this disease.  So does Cancer Support Community.  The organization’s work is critical as it helps optimize patient care by providing essential, but often overlooked services that complete the cancer care plan.” 

Together we can help make sure that everyone impacted by cancer knows this resource is available to them at no charge. Please share this article  with someone you know whose life has been affected by cancer.

Dr. Johl serves on the Board of Directors of Cancer Support Community in Walnut Creek. He is a Board Certified Medical Oncologist and Hematologist with Diablo Valley Oncology & Hematology Medical Group.  His practice has offices in Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Brentwood and San Ramon and can be reached at 925-677-5041.  The Cancer Support Community can be reached at 925-933-0107 or www.cancersupportcommunity.net