Patient and Family Learning Center
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center provides patients and families with education and resources to address their needs for information, support, and community services. The Patient and Family Learning Center maintains a range of services to assist patients and families including access to specialized health information, classes and on-line programs that address a variety of cancer related topics, and help accessing resources available through UC Davis Health and the larger community. All UC Davis programs and services are available at no cost.
Cancer Resources for All Ages
Where can I find information about a specific type of cancer?
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
Are there other non-medical services that can benefit me during and after treatment for cancer?
Educational Video Series
Exercise by Mook-Lan Iglowitz, MD, Palliative Care
Female Sexuality by Vanessa Kennedy, MD Obstetrics and Gynecology
What is Lymphedema? by Jean Kotal, PT UC Davis Health
Male Sexuality by Raul Clavijo, MD Urology, Assistant Clinical Professor
Memory and Thinking (Chemo brain) by Scott Christensen, MD Hematology/Oncology
Newly diagnosed by Jena Cooreman, LCSW
Nutrition by Danielle Baham, RD
Protecting Fertility by Marcio Malogolowkin, MD, Pediatric Oncology
Talking to Kids by Diana Sundberg, CCLS, Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Manager
End of Life Care
What types of services are available for when the end of life is near?
Services for care at the end of life are known as hospice and can take place where the patient desires. Services can help ease the transition by providing a team of interdisciplinary professionals including a physician, nurse, certified nurse assistant, social worker, spiritual care professionals, and volunteers.
In Home Caregiving
How do I get help with care at home?
The CA Department of Social Service’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program will help pay for services provided to you so that you can remain safely in your own home. IHSS is considered an alternative to out-of-home care, such as nursing homes or board and care facilities. You must be on Medical to qualify.
Home care organizations are a private pay option for receiving care at home to help with Activities of Daily Living. You can find licensed home care organizations in the facility search under the CA Department of Social Service’s Community Care Licensing Division.
Home Health includes a plan of care established with the physicians, and Home Health clinicians. Patients must initially demonstrate a need for skilled care provided by a Registered Nurse or Physical Therapist. Patients also must experience a great and taxing effort to leave the home. Potential patients can make an appointment with their UC Davis Physician who can help decide if UC Davis Home Health is right for them.
How can I help manage my pain during cancer treatment?
Services for Help at Home
How can I find help with cleaning my home while receiving treatment for cancer?
Many of your family and friends want to help during your cancer treatment but they don’t know how. Reach out to your support network and ask if they’d be willing to help clean. For example, perhaps one person can take the trash out and a different person can help with vacuuming.