Navigating Cancer


Developing a Personal Healing Plan:
Selecting Mainstream Care & Complementary Therapies

- Thursday, January 16, 6-8pm

Please note that this program has been cancelled. Please contact for more information.

Navigating Cancer: Selecting Mainstream Care & Complementary Therapies

With Carole O'Toole, Director, Integrative Navigation

Our three-part series on Navigating Cancer is designed to offer resources for newly diagnosed patients and those in the early post-treatment stages by empowering them to enhance their own role as they navigate their way through the cancer experience. The series is based on Smith Center’s groundbreaking Integrative Patient Navigation program and training for cancer care.

A cancer diagnosis requires us to use our best decision-making faculties. Often, the information and options can be overwhelming. In this session, Carole O'Toole will guide you through developing your personal integrative care plan. Carole will share practical wisdom on selecting your medical and complementary practitioners, choosing supportive therapies responsibly, and making the most of your health care team. Specifics to be addressed include:

  • Selecting a doctor
  • Getting second opinions
  • Asking questions
  • Recording & taking notes at appointments
  • Using the "Stop, Look, Listen" approach to selecting integrative therapies and practitioners
  • Managing family and friends
  • Job considerations

Smith Center advocates the use of both medical and complementary modalities to facilitate healing on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Note: We are pleased to offer a discount for those who register early!
The cost for this program is:

  • $8 if you register by January 13
  • $10 if you register after January 13

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Carole O'TooleAbout Carole O'Toole
Carole O’Toole serves as the Director of Integrative Navigation at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. She designed Smith Center’s innovative model and for cancer navigation which she has shared with hundreds of healthcare professionals nationally through lectures and an annual training program. Prior to her work at Smith Center, Carole was a Patient Navigator at Suburban Hospital and ran a private integrative cancer care navigation practice. Carole has been a survivor of advanced cancer since 1994. She has written two books on integrative cancer care: “Cancer Community Healing Network” and “Healing Outside the Margins,” and continues to work with individual clients at Smith Center to guide them through their treatment and survivorship in a holistic and comprehensive way.

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