Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD
Much of the research done at Winship is about learning how cancer begins and developing effective new treatments that can be translated to the patient bedside as quickly as possible. But there’s another side to our work that you may be less familiar with—studying and treating the physiological and emotional aspects of living with cancer.
This is important because early detection and advances in cancer treatment have dramatically increased the number of cancer survivors today. To help them cope and remain cancer-free, our continuum of care from diagnosis to post-treatment support can extend for many years. We support the whole patient—mind, body and spirit—and provide resources to help with issues such as mood, fatigue, pain, palliative care, nutrition, financial concerns, counseling and spiritual support.
As a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center, we are taking this a step further by
pulling together all of our efforts into a cohesive program of holistic support for cancer survivors—one that fully integrates research and patient care. We’re also adding innovative new elements to further enhance the lives and emotional well-being of our patients:
• The Healing Role of Compassionate Meditation: We’ve just completed a pilot project that demonstrates how compassionate meditation reduced anxiety and depression in an underserved group of breast cancer patients.
• Brain and Behavior Based Research to Improve Quality of Life: New discoveries about brain/body communication pathways are revealing how patients become vulnerable to behavioral problems such as irritability, fatigue and sleep disturbances during and after cancer therapy.
• The Winship Clinical Oncology Nurse Navigator Program: As cancer care has become increasingly individualized and complex, we created the special role of nurse navigator to guide patients through their treatment regimens, expand access to care, and improve patients’ experience through education and psychosocial support.
These and many other elements of our Survivorship Program come together at Winship to foster hope, positive thinking and determination. All of which—in combination with state-of-the-art medical treatments—are important in the fight against cancer. Your continuing support of our Partner in Research program is not only saving lives, but also making those lives better and bringing new hope to patients in Georgia and throughout the world who are benefiting from the research breakthroughs made right here at Winship.
Please consider a tax-deductible gift to our Partner in Research program. We depend on the generosity of our supporters to help us stay on the forefront of breakthroughs that save lives.
With thanks and appreciation,
Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD
Executive Director, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Assoc. Vice President, Cancer, Woodruff Health Sciences Center
Chair of Radiation Oncology
Visit www.winshipcancer.emory.edu to learn more about Winship.