Supporting and empowering people impacted by cancer.

In response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Joan Karnell Supportive Care Program at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital is committed to maintaining a supportive and responsive online community while we all adjust to the new normal of social distancing.

Introduced in April 2017, Caring Connection is an online community created for persons living with cancer, their caregivers, and their family members. We are honored to be called upon to advocate for and encourage patients and families as they navigate their cancer experience. While our support groups are currently on break, we hope to offer a revitalized Caring Connection as a way for people to share feelings, challenges, encouragement, improve coping skills, and offer opportunities to learn from each other.

We have heard from some of our patients and realize that many others are also struggling with heightened anxiety, fear and frustration. This is a frightening time and many of your concerns are well founded. We share them with you, but we also believe that our burdens become bearable when we share them in community. Social distancing is not social isolation, so we invite you to join us in fostering a healing community while we maintain the practices we all need to keep us safe.   

We are tailoring Caring Connection to become more accessible and welcome your insights, suggestions and contributions as we strive to co-create a therapeutic resource for our patients, their caregivers and loved ones and all those navigating cancer, treatment and survivorship.