Welcome

The Patient/PartnerProject is a long-term, multi-faceted program focused on raising awareness for and supporting the partners of cancer patients, and thereby the patients themselves. 

Click here to view an Executive Summary of the Project, which explains its various components.

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What we offer

Book - "Cancer for Two"

Cancer for Two: An Inspiring True Story and Guide for Cancer Patients and Their Partners

More than merely a memoir of our experience, this book is a guide for patients and partners with specific advice and concrete examples.  Click here for more information

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Private Patient Progress Reports - a free service

An automated system to keep family and friends informed about your patient's condition without making tedious, repetitive, and often stressful phone calls.

Features:

  • Create your own private list of family and friends
  • Post your reports any time of day or night
  • Whenever you post a new update, everyone on your list is automatically notified by email with a link to the new report
  • All postings are private - no one can read them unless you tell them your unique ID
  • Email addresses are never revealed to anyone for any reason. EVER.

Here's why this is important:

Family and friends want to be involved, and they should be: they want to know how your patient is feeling, what is happening with treatment, what is next, etc.

Keeping all these people informed requires a tremendous effort, usually on the phone.  These calls are difficult to make when you are under the stress of taking care of your patient besides all of your other responsibilities.

The calls take a lot of time that you don't have, and they force you to tell the same stories and answer the same questions over and over again.

But it's important to keep everyone involved.

Wouldn't it be nice to keep everyone updated without making all of those calls?

Now you can, with free Private Progress Reporting for family and friends.  No one can read your postings unless you want them to.

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Partner/Caregiver Forum - a free service

Ask questions, give answers, and participate in caregiver discussions.

Here's why this is important:

It's easy to feel isolated and overwhelmed when so much depends on you and you're not sure what to do.

In this forum you can ask questions and get involved in group discussions over various issues.

Now you have a place to go when you need help, comfort, or just plain old companionship with others who are in the same position you are.

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Speeches and Seminars

Need a speaker?  A member of The National Speakers Association, Dave Balch offers programs for patients and partners, medical professionals, and general audiences.

Here's why Dave speaks on this topic:

Dave's wife went through nine months of breast cancer treatment and he was her primary caregiver through 3 surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation.  He went with her to over 60 medical appointments, bathed her, washed and styled her hair, bought the food, prepared the food, filled and refilled the prescriptions, scheduled all of the medical treatments, and more.

"When I went looking for support, most of the resources out there were for the patients, but I needed help too!  Doctors and medicines can only do so much; I had to do the rest and I felt pretty much on my own."

Now he is on a personal, full-time mission to help other cancer caregivers by providing information, resources, and free services that he wishes he had had.

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