Karen Gano, LCSW, Oncology Social Worker Christus St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center



Santa Fe New Mexican


Support And Self Care

KAREN’S SELF-CARE TIPS FOR PATIENTS AND LOVED ONES: • Ensure you’re taking care of the basics: sleep, nutrition and exercise • Think of what has brought you joy in the past and devote time to incorporate it into your routine • Accept personal limitations and have honest conversations • Ask patients what they miss or what would bring them joy, such as takeout from their favorite restaurant • Bring comfort to them, whether via food, video calls, or written cards • Explore who on the cancer patient’s interdisciplinary care team can provide aid in different areas to alleviate burdens