This year, nearly 38,000 residents of Arizona will be diagnosed with some type of cancer. Each of these cases, on average, will affect at least three others, including family, friends and employers.

The first person to fulfill patient needs often is a caregiver in the home. But often these caregivers are not prepared for such a sudden and crucial role.

To better assist caregivers, the Arizona Myeloma Network (AzMN), with the support of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), is planning a morning-long gathering, “Cancer is a Family Affair,” from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road.

This is another in a series of events organized under AzMN’s Cancer Caregivers Education Program. The event is free, and includes a continental breakfast.

“When cancer enters the home, everyone is suddenly a cancer caregiver. That is why our Cancer Caregivers Education Program is so important,” said Barbara Kavanagh, President and CEO of AzMN. “Everyone caring for a cancer patient should attend.”

As one recent participant said during another AzMN Cancer Caregiver Education Program, “I really appreciate being here. Rarely do I get asked, ‘How are you doing?’ People just don’t know how to help me.”

Tess Burleson, TGen COO, said, “TGen is happy to support the outreach efforts of AzMN. TGen faculty and staff are eager to support this important educational experience provided by AZMN. The cancer caregiver is the cornerstone of patient care in the home.”

Cancer caregivers are encouraged to register for the upcoming Dec. 2 event at

“All our Cancer Caregiver Education Program seminars are provided to the public for free,” said Kavanagh, who encourages others to volunteer, sponsor and donate to AzMN. “It is great that TGen, a longtime supporter, is joining us in the community to educate the cancer caregiver. Cancer unfortunately impacts everyone not just the patient!”