With Carole O'Toole
- Thursday, June 13, 6:30-8:30pm
Topic: Developing a Personal Healing Plan: Selecting Mainstream Care and Complementary Therapies
This program will offer practical wisdom on selecting your medical and integrative practitioners, choosing supportive therapies responsibly, and making the most of your health care team. It will be led by Carole O'Toole, Smith Center’s Director of Integrative Navigation, Cancer Coach, and cancer survivor.
The program will include experiential stress reduction techniques as well as time for Q&A. Caregivers are welcome.
Carole O’Toole developed the Patient Navigation Program for Smith Center in 2006, introducing integrative navigation to Howard University Cancer Center, and developing faith-based community navigation services for African-Americans and African immigrants that operate from four churches in underserved areas and the community at large. She has also designed a training model for integrative cancer care navigation that is offered to navigators nationwide through Smith Center. Prior to her work at Smith Center, Carole was a Patient Navigator at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD, and ran a private integrative cancer care navigation practice. She also has over fifteen years’ professional experience in environmental consulting.
In addition to her navigation work at Smith Center, Carole also staffs the weeklong retreats, coaches individuals on integrative cancer care decision-making and complementary resources, and leads Smith Center's “Living Well With Cancer” one-day workshops. Carole frequently represents Smith Center at national and local conferences and other public forums. She is the author of two books on integrative cancer care: “Cancer Community Healing Network”, and “Healing Outside the Margins”, and holds a Masters degree in Medical Anthropology and Health Policy. Carole has been a survivor of advanced cancer since 1994, enjoys biking and rowing on the Potomac with a survivor crew team, and is a wife and mother.
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