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...helping navigate cancer survivorship

Frequently Asked Questions

1.      Where did the name Triage Cancer come from?

When someone is dealing with a cancer diagnosis there are so many different things that need to be dealt with, decisions to make, and information to learn.  Often times trying to juggle it all can be incredibly overwhelming.  Our goal is to provide access to quality information about all types of cancer survivorship issues.  Armed with that information, survivors and caregivers can better decide what needs to be handled first and what can wait until later – the very definition of triaging.

2.      How do you define “survivor?”

Over the years, we have found that there are different definitions of “survivor;” and that people have different reactions to that word.  However, at Triage Cancer we have adopted a definition where the continuum of cancer survivorship begins at diagnosis.  A cancer diagnosis is a life altering event and is coupled with a plethora of issues.  The concerns of a survivor may change depending on what stage of the journey they are in.  At the moment of diagnosis the concerns might be about treatment plans, health insurance, and finances.  After completing treatment, the concerns may shift towards relationship issues, educational rights, and employment issues.  Triage Cancer strives to provide practical and personal expertise about these issues to survivors, caregivers, advocates, and health care professionals.

3.      Do you provide direct services to survivors?

No, Triage Cancer does not provide direct services to survivors. Our goal is to steer people towards the most appropriate resources – whether those are medical, financial, practical, legal, or other psychosocial care resources.  If you are looking for a resource, a good place to start is the Resources section.  If you know of other quality resources that are not listed, please feel free to let us know about them by emailing us at info@TriageCancer.org.

4.      What services do you provide?

Triage Cancer provides both in-person and online services in three areas.  We provide speakers on a wide variety of cancer survivorship topics for educational events through our Speakers Bureau.  We also deliver turnkey conferences and other educational events for hospitals, cancer centers, community clinics, professional associations, cancer advocacy organizations, and other groups.

We also provide a myriad of online tools and resources, including webinars, Twitter and Facebook Chats, “Ask the Expert” calls, written educational materials (e.g., guides, manuals, toolkits), national and state resources, articles, and an educational blog.

5.      How can you help health care professionals?

Health care professionals are often tasked with organizing educational events for their colleagues, patients, and caregivers. Triage Cancer makes this process easier for busy health care professionals by providing them with a single speaker for an educational event or multiple speakers on a variety of cancer survivorship topics through our Speakers Bureau.  Triage Cancer can also provide event coordination and logistical support services for cancer survivorship educational events.

Additionally, many of the events that Triage Cancer hosts offer free continuing education units for health care professionals.  For example, Triage Cancer and Cancer and Careers have developed a comprehensive In-Service Training for oncology health care professionals, advocates, and human resources professionals on employment, health insurance, and disability insurance issues, to improve patient and caregiver access to valuable information about practical cancer survivorship issues. If you would like to bring this In-Service Training to your institution or community, please complete an In-Service Request Form.

Triage Cancer speakers have spoken in a wide variety of settings.  Click here for past speaking events.

6.      What do I need to do to have a Triage Cancer Speaker come to my event?

The first step is to complete the Speaker Request Form.  We will contact you to gather any additional details and determine if we are able to fulfill the request.  Because our speakers are all experts in their various fields, many have extremely busy schedules. Therefore, in order to have the best success for your request, we recommend that you submit your request a minimum of two months in advance.

7.      Do you charge for your services?

Triage Cancer does not charge for its services.  However, some speakers request an honorarium and/or that their travel expenses are covered. Each request is considered on a case-by-case basis by each speaker.

8.      I do not have a budget for my event, should I still submit a request?

Yes. We recommend that if you are hosting an event where attendees may benefit from hearing one of our speakers, that you complete a request form.  While we cannot guarantee that we will be able to find a speaker that fits your needs, we will always try.

9.      How can I join your Speaker’s Bureau?

Triage Cancer prides itself on offering speakers who are experts in their fields who are also engaging presenters. Each speaker is carefully identified and vetted.  If you would like to be considered as a Triage Cancer speaker, please email us.

Have a question that isn’t addressed here?  Email us at info@TriageCancer.org.