“Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment”

UNC's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of 20 sites across the United States that will participate in a new national program titled “Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment.”

Developed by and in partnership with the Wellness Community and the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the program was created to help cancer survivors bridge the gap between cancer treatment and life following cancer. 

“This much needed program, offered at no cost to participants, will provide 20 North Carolina cancer survivors with information and tools to make the transition into living a full and productive life as a survivor,” said Marci Campbell, Ph.D., principal investigator of Carolina Well, the UNC Lineberger Cancer Survivorship Program.  UNC is one of eight LiveSTRONG Survivorship Centers of Excellence made possible by the V Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

“This program was developed through work with nationally recognized experts in key aspects of cancer survivorship: exercise, nutrition, emotional health, quality of life and medical management after cancer treatment ends.

“We expect this program will fill quickly and are planning other similar programs at UNC and with our community partners across the state,” Campbell explained. UNC community partners are the Tri-County Community Health Center in Newton Grove, NC, the New Hanover Health Network in Wilmington, and the Greensboro Area Health Education Center.

According to a 2007 Institute of Medicine report, the now more than 12 million cancer survivors in the U.S. face a heavy physical and psychological burden as they transition from cancer patient to survivor. In fact, cancer is increasingly being viewed for many as a chronic illness. A new report issued by the Institute of Medicine in 2008 recognized this paradigm shift of the impact on cancer on the entire family.  The report, entitled Cancer Care for the Whole Patient, states that “Good quality health care must attend to patients’ psychosocial problems and provide services to enable them to better manage their illnesses and underlying health.”

The sessions will be held on six Tuesdays beginning on March 31 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 1700 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Chapel Hill.  Panelists at the six sessions will include UNC Lineberger experts Donald Rosenstein, M.D, leader of the new UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program; Claudio Battaglini, Ph.D., co-director of the Get REAL & Heel program that provides post-treatment breast cancer patients with an individualized prescriptive exercise and recreational therapy; and Aimee Shea, M.P.H., R.D., C.S.O., L.D.N., UNC dietitian. 

For more information or to register, please call 919-843-5069 or 866-291-9424 or e-mail elizabeth_sherwood@med.unc.edu.

 

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