Nyberg: Kathy Nugent, oncology social worker


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– This, of course, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

On tonight’s Nyberg, we hear from an oncology social worker, about what she does for cancer patients, and about a website called mealtrain.com.

Meals made by family and friends can make all he difference, especially for moms who may have cancer but who who still have to get dinner on the table.

“The meal train helps you organize so that you are not getting the same meal from everybody, so it’s really wonderful to be able to schedule and pick a day and a meal that you can cook,” said Kathy Nugent, oncology social worker. “What’s really nice about the meal train is that the patient creates the meal train and she can put down if she has allergies, or she doesn’t like lasagna. There’s nutrition involved with this. They can set it up to what her needs are, to the patient’s needs, and then you send out an e-mail to family and friends in the community and they go in an look at the calendar and say ‘well Monday is open and I can cook turkey,’ or whatever. It’s just a wonderful way to organize. The other part to doing a meal train is that when a patient is dealing with cancer, breast cancer, any cancer, sometimes particularly with mothers and women, we don’t like to ask for help.”

“No, because we’re nurturers.”

“Absolutely, so this is a great way for patients to be able to get help without really having to ask much,” said Nugent.

By the way, this is all free. Mealtrain.com has a specific page for breast cancer patients and other pages for others who need meals, like friends who have been involved in an accident, or brand new mothers, anything really.

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