Living with Diabetes - Resources and Supportive Care

Our patients are encouraged to take advantage of the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center, which offers a wide array of support and educational services. Patients and loved ones may work with a coordinated group of social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, patient navigators and spiritual care providers at the center, as well as participate in programs such as music therapy, meditation and many others.
 
Certified Diabetes Nurse Educators
City of Hope employs certified diabetes educators who are part of the health care team. Our diabetes educators are also registered nurses whose role is to be a teacher, counselor and coordinator of care for people with diabetes. The diabetes nurse will make sure the patient and, when possible, the patient's family or other support people understand all doctor's orders and the many aspects of the disease. This may include information about medications, how to monitor and interpret blood glucose levels, the importance of exercise, a realistic food plan, dealing with emotions, and when other health team members need to be called upon. Because diabetes is a chronic, progressive and serious disease, support over the long-term is essential to successful management.
 
Diabetes and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program (DCVRRP)
The Department of Clinical Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism offers a comprehensive medical, nutritional and behavioral management program aimed at reducing obesity associated health risks.  This is achieved through safe and consistent weight reduction of high-risk patients who are at least 30% or 50 pounds above ideal body weight and have one or more of the following medical problems: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, heart disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, disabling joint disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and/or breast cancer one-year after completion of therapy.

Duration of the intensive risk management (phase 1) is six months and transition (phase 2) is six months for a total of one year.  For more information, please contact us at 626-256-HOPE (4673), ext. 62251.
 
Diabetes Education Program
Research clearly shows that complications of diabetes can, in many cases, be prevented if proper education and treatment are given soon after diagnosis.  For this reason, City of Hope's Department of Clinical Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism is dedicated to educating and helping people with diabetes manage and take control of their disease.  The adult Diabetes Education Program is accredited by the American Diabetes Association. In the four class series, participants learn:
 
  • Proper diet, exercise and lifestyle changes to help manage diabetes
  • Latest advances in diabetes research and treatment
  • Information to gain a better understanding of the disease, empowering each person to take control of their disease by learning self-management skills
 
You may be referred by your primary care physician or refer yourself by calling City of Hope.  You can also contact the diabetes nurse educator at 626-256-HOPE (4673), ext. 65640 with any questions and/or to obtain a current schedule of classes.
 
 
Additional Resources
 
American Cancer Society
800-ACS-2345
866-228-4327 for TYY
The American Cancer Society has many national and local programs, as well as a 24-hour support line, to help cancer survivors with problems such as travel, lodging and emotional issues.
 
800-DIABETES (800-342-2383)
The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the consequences of diabetes and the fight for those affected by diabetes.
 
866-44-ISLET (866-444-7538)
The mission of the City of Hope ICT program is to address the problems currently facing islet transplantation and catalyze advancements in the field by sharing the vast and unique resources and expertise available in Southern California.
 
800-533-CURE (800-533-2873)
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.  JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D.  JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
888-909-NCCN (6226)
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of 19 of the world's leading cancer centers, is an authoritative source of information to help patients and health professionals make informed decisions about cancer care.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
800-4-CANCER
The National Cancer Institute, established under the National Cancer Act of 1937, is the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training.