Statewide network established to support cancer survivors

The Duke Endowment awards $461,750 grant to UNC Lineberger’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

UNC Lineberger’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP) announces the creation of a statewide cancer survivorship network to implement programs and services to support the growing number of cancer survivors across the state of North Carolina.

With a new $461,750 grant from The Duke Endowment, CCSP will create the N.C. Cancer Survivorship Provider Action Network (NC-CSPAN). Through training and outreach across the state, this new network will substantially improve access to survivorship care by creating a statewide workforce trained to implement cancer survivorship programs.

“Our response to the challenge of the growing needs of North Carolina cancer survivors is to create an enduring statewide network of health care professionals trained in providing survivorship programs for cancer patients,” said Donald Rosenstein, MD, CCSP director, UNC Lineberger member and founder of the new network.

Led by Rosenstein, the grant will be used to train health care professionals and educators across the state in delivering a group psycho-educational and wellness intervention called Cancer Transitions®. This evidence-based program for cancer survivors will provide education on nutrition, exercise, medical and stress management. By using the “train the trainer” approach to educate health care providers across the state, NC-CSPAN will provide direct survivorship care and build the capacity to deliver additional survivorship programs in the future.

“As the only public comprehensive cancer center in North Carolina, UNC Lineberger has an obligation to address the needs of underserved cancer survivors. These funds will allow us to train bilingual health care professionals and educators, carefully selected with geographic consideration, to help meet those needs.”

About The Duke Endowment

Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.

About the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

One of only 41 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers, the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center brings together some of the most exceptional physicians and scientists in the country to investigate and improve the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer. With research that spans the spectrum from the laboratory to the bedside to the community, UNC Lineberger faculty work to understand the causes of cancer at the genetic and environmental levels, to conduct groundbreaking laboratory research, and to translate findings into pioneering and innovative clinical trials. For more information, please visit www.unclineberger.org.

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