Texas Health Presbyterian Buddy Program
The THD Buddy Program is a volunteer support network serving the oncology (cancer) patients of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. It brings together those who have already dealt with the complex issues surrounding a cancer diagnosis and treatment with patients or family members who may wish to talk or meet with someone who’s been through the experience. For patients and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis, connecting with someone who has “been there” can be a great source of comfort. The THD Buddy Program links individuals who have already experienced diagnosis and treatment with those who are facing it for the first time. THD Buddy Program volunteers include cancer survivors, their family members and caregivers. Volunteers talk to patients and families via telephone or in-person about the treatment experience, guide them through the hospital system, and discuss available resources.
Buddy Program volunteers must be at least a year out of active treatment or have stable, managed chronic disease before being trained for the program. Participation in the Buddy Program must also be approved by the volunteer’s medical team. Once an application is received, THD Buddy Program staff will contact the medical team to ensure that the volunteer is appropriate medically and emotionally to support others in need.
Prior to contact with patients, THD Buddy Program volunteers must complete the traditional volunteer on-boarding process of application, employee health requirements, and attend new volunteer orientation. Once the volunteer has attended new volunteer orientation, additional Buddy Program training will be scheduled.
2017 PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
Jan 10 James Cochran, MD New Treatments for Prostate
Feb 21 Debra Brackenridge, Director of YMCA LiveStrong
Program (free 12-week exercise program)
Mar 25 Annual North Texas Prostate Cancer Coalition Symposium. Hall of Fame at Globe Life Park
April 11 Use of Radiopharmaceuticals in Treating Prostate Cancer. Wilson Hernandez, MD, Radiation Oncologist
May 9 Pat Fulgham, MD, Multiparametric Ultrasound Performs as well as Muliparametric MRI
June 13 Hannah Tupper, Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas Oncology Program
July 11 Michael Emerson with Reel Recovery
August 8 Book Review: Careful: A Users Guide to Our Injury-Prone Minds.
Sept 12 Erectile Dysfunction H. J. Porter, MD; Urinary incontinence Dan French, MD
October - NO MEETING
Nov 14 Video: Living with Cancer: The Windstorms of Life. Inspiring documentary about Dr. Fred Lee's battle with prostate cancer.
UREF sponsors a monthly prostate cancer support group at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. The meeting format is lecture with a dinner and opportunity to visit with other survivors and their spouses prior to the lecture. This is not a "sharing" type of support group meeting but there are opportunities to talk one on one with other survivors. There are a variety of individuals who attend the meeting, men who have chosen watchful waiting, those who have had surgery or waiting, those with metastatic disease so it affords an opportunity to find someone to talk to about your specific situation.
The support Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, 8200 Walnut Hill Lane in the Beasley Auditorium located on the first floor of the main hospital building.
Dinner is free. Parking is $2.00.
6:30-7:00 Dinner and round table discussion
Download the MAP for directions to the meeting location.
Meeting coordinator: Angela Clark 214-345-5030
To find other support group meetings in the Dallas area visit North Texas Prostate Cancer Coalition website.