Shortage of Contrast for Imaging Services

Because of a global shortage of iodinated contrast material (Omnipaque) caused by temporary overseas manufacturing disruptions, ChristianaCare is taking steps to preserve supply so that it remains available for the most time-sensitive and urgent patient needs. (Learn more in our frequently asked questions.)

Omnipaque contrast is the most widely used contrast material for CT scans and radiographic examinations at ChristianaCare facilities. It is also used for cardiac imaging and interventions, and in the GI lab, Surgicenter and other settings.

The shortage is expected to last several weeks, and likely into the summer months.

Hospitals and health care organizations worldwide are managing the effects of the shortage and the impact to patient care.

ChristianaCare is making every effort to meet the needs of patients who need this product in their procedures. We are working individually with physicians to prioritize those patients with the most urgent needs.

Wherever possible, we are using alternative contrast material and limiting its use to ensure adequate supplies for time sensitive and emergent exams. It is possible that some elective procedures that use this product will need to be delayed.

ChristianaCare will continue to look for options to minimize disruptions created by the shortage, as we serve our community as expert, caring partners in health.

Learn more in our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

COVID-19: New Visitation Guidelines. Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19.

ChristianaCare

Shortage of Contrast for Imaging Services

Because of a global shortage of iodinated contrast material (Omnipaque) caused by temporary overseas manufacturing disruptions, ChristianaCare is taking steps to preserve supply so that it remains available for the most time-sensitive and urgent patient needs. (Learn more in our frequently asked questions.)

Omnipaque contrast is the most widely used contrast material for CT scans and radiographic examinations at ChristianaCare facilities. It is also used for cardiac imaging and interventions, and in the GI lab, Surgicenter and other settings.

The shortage is expected to last several weeks, and likely into the summer months.

Hospitals and health care organizations worldwide are managing the effects of the shortage and the impact to patient care.

ChristianaCare is making every effort to meet the needs of patients who need this product in their procedures. We are working individually with physicians to prioritize those patients with the most urgent needs.

Wherever possible, we are using alternative contrast material and limiting its use to ensure adequate supplies for time sensitive and emergent exams. It is possible that some elective procedures that use this product will need to be delayed.

ChristianaCare will continue to look for options to minimize disruptions created by the shortage, as we serve our community as expert, caring partners in health.

Learn more in our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

COVID-19: New Visitation Guidelines. Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19.

Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
& Research Institute

Survivorship Program Calendar

The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute is proud to provide and promote support groups and services for our cancer patients, survivors and their families in our community and throughout the region.

The following list of programs is subject to change without notice, so be sure to register in advance, call or email to confirm the event.

Events and programs are categorized as

Cancer Specific Support and Educational Programs

Rehabilitation Services online classes via Zoom:

Cancer-Induced Cognitive Impairment and “Chemo-brain” Management

Cancer-induced cognitive impairment (CICI) and “chemo-brain” can be experienced during and after cancer treatment, to include radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. Symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty with thinking
  • Concentrating
  • Remembering

To learn more or to register for Cancer-Induced Cognitive Impairment and “Chemo-brain” Management, call or email Candy Muldowney at 302-623-4866.


Lymphedema Education & Precautions for Breast Cancer Patients

Breast surgery and radiation treatment may cause breast or arm swelling called lymphedema. You also may notice limited arm movement or feelings of a pulling sensation. Learn to prevent and manage lymphedema.

 

This virtual class provides education on:

  • What is lymphedema?
  • How to prevent lymphedema.
  • How to manage lymphedema.
  • Information on axillary web syndrome
  To learn more or to register for Lymphedema Education & Precautions for Breast Cancer Patients, call or email Candy Muldowney at 302-623-4866.  

Numb Fingers, Numb Toes

If you have numbness, tingling or pain in your fingers or toes and have had chemotherapy, you may have chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. In this class participants will be shown ways to reduce their discomfort with self-massage, exercises, breathing techniques and other helpful strategies.
  •   To learn more or to register for Numb Fingers, Numb Toes, call or email Candy Muldowney at 302-623-4866.  

    Cancer-Related Fatigue

    Cancer-related fatigue is a common side effect of cancer treatment. Come learn the causes, signs and symptoms of cancer-related fatigue and how energy conservation and exercise can help relieve this overwhelming condition.
      To learn more or to register for Cancer-Related Fatigue, call or email Candy Muldowney at 302-623-4866.  

    Female Pelvic Floor Health: Education for Cancer Patients

    The female pelvic floor muscles line the bottom of the pelvis and are responsible for stabilization, continence, sexual function, and support. These muscles can become weak or painful during and after cancer treatment, causing side effects that are disruptive to daily living. Learn how to begin managing pelvic floor problems.

     

    This virtual class provides education on:

    • What is the pelvic floor?
    • How cancer treatment can affect the pelvic floor muscles and function
    • How to begin management of pelvic floor problems
  •   To learn more or to register for Female Pelvic Floor Health: Education for Cancer Patients, call or email Candy Muldowney at 302-623-4866.  

    Male Pelvic Floor Health: Education for Cancer Patients

    The male pelvic floor muscles line the bottom of the pelvis and are responsible for stabilization, continence, sexual function, and support. These muscles can become weak or painful during and after cancer treatment, causing side effects that are disruptive to daily living.

     

    This virtual online class provides education on:

    • What is the pelvic floor?
    • How cancer treatment can affect the pelvic floor muscles and function
    • How to begin management of pelvic floor problems
  •   To learn more or to register for Male Pelvic Floor Health: Education for Cancer Patients, call or email Candy Muldowney at 302-623-4866.  

    Face-to-Face Smoking Cessation Coaches

    Community Health Outreach and Education program. Five free counseling sessions to assist you with going smoke-free. Program is through the Delaware Quitline (1-866-409-1858) Call 302-623-CARE for information.

    CanSurround


    Graham Cancer Center has partnered with CanSurround, an innovative web and mobile solution that helps people living with cancer to reduce stress, build resilience, and create well-being. Learn more at CanSurround.com or sign up at HFGCC.CanSurround.com.

    Creating Memories with Georgia Jones


    Basic scrapbook instruction for the beginner or experienced scrapbooker. This program is open to people receiving cancer treatment as well as those who have completed cancer treatment for any type of cancer. This program is currently on hold due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    Labyrinth Walking


    Walk a labyrinth for serene, spiritual support.  More information is available in the Cancer Resource Library, Room 1106 in the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute.

    Writing as Healing


    Research has shown that certain types of expressive writing can help to reduce stress, promote healing and improve the quality of life. Join Dr. Joan DelFattore for this free workshop. Online resources available at sites.udel.edu/jdel. Meets 2nd Monday of the month. Please call 302-623-4580 for more information regarding virtual workshops.

    Creative Journaling Workshop


    Creative journaling is a way to record your experiences using a variety of creative outlets to promote healing. Developed by Wendy Wallace for the Graham Cancer Center and brought to you by the Junior Board Cancer Research Library. This program is currently on hold due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    Multiple Myeloma Support Group


    Patients and families can share resources and receive support. Facilitated by Danielle Brown, MSW. This group is provided by Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Delaware. Meets 1st Wednesday of the month. To learn more, call 302-661-7300.

    Triple Negative Breast Cancer Education and Support Group


    This group is for women diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. You’re welcome to join us at any point in your cancer journey, whether you were recently diagnosed, are in active treatment, or in survivorship. This space provides support and education, often in a format of speakers/presenters followed by an open discussion with peer support and encouragement. Meets virtually, 4th Thursday of the month, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more, call Cancer Psychology at 302-623-4593, x2.

    Breast Cancer Support Group – Supporting Wonderful Women!


    Cancer Support Community Delaware offers a monthly support group in partnership with the survivorship program at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute. For women with breast cancer, anywhere from newly diagnosed through treatment and into survivorship. Meets 1st Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. To sign up, visit cancersupportdelaware.org or click to call or email Erika Narducci, LSW.

    Look Good … Feel Better


    Trained volunteers help women cope with the skin changes and hair loss often experienced during cancer treatment. Program sponsored by ACS, PCPC Foundation and NCA. Registration is required. To register, call 302-623-4580 or visit LookGoodFeelBetter.org -use referral code HE19713.

    Laryngectomy Education Group


    Speech pathologist led program for people living with laryngectomies. Meets 3rd Thursday of the month, noon. For details, call Janet Sechrist, speech pathologist, at 302-623-4026.