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|OSU Area Health Education Center at The Center for Rural Health launches cancer survivor program
Cancer Transitions Program Developed by The Cancer Support Community and LIVESTRONG
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -
Oklahoma State University Area Health Education Center
is offering a new program to help cancer
survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care.
Developed by the Cancer Support Community and LIVESTRONG, the program was
created to bridge the gap between cancer treatment and life following cancer.
This is an
important health care gap because according to a 2007 Institute of Medicine
report, the 12 million cancer survivors in the United States 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 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."
This new program, Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond TreatmentT, will run
March 26 to May 7 to help fill this critical gap.
needed program, which is offered at no cost to participants, will provide
Tahlequah cancer survivors with information and tools to make the transition
into living a full and productive life as a survivor," said Toni Hart, project
manager, Oklahoma Area Health Education Center at OSU Center for Rural Health.
"Specifically, the program addresses exercise, nutrition, emotional health,
quality of life and medical management after cancer treatment ends."
sessions will be held every Saturday from March 26 to May 7 at 9:30 a.m. at
Northeastern State University, University Center, Tahlequah. Expert panelists at
the six sessions will include physicians, nutritionists and fitness experts who
will discuss various topics. These subjects include:
Exercise after treatment
Specialized nutrition for
people after cancer treatment
The need for continued
emotional and social support
Medical effects of cancer
treatment and long-term medical management.
"In order to
improve the quality of life of people affected by cancer, it is essential to
provide effective and appropriate patient care across the cancer continuum,"
said Andy Miller, vice president of programs and policy for LIVESTRONG.
"The Cancer Support Community has been an ideal partner to develop this program.
They have a proven track record of implementing evidenced-based programs that
are relevant to the needs of communities and highly beneficial for cancer
information or to arrange an interview, contact Toni Hart. For patient
information or to register for Cancer Transitions, contact Toni Hart,
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Oklahoma Area Health
Health Education Center (OKAHEC) is part of the Center for Rural Health at the
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. OKAHEC is a
community-state-federal partnership established in 1984 that coordinates a
statewide network of area health education centers that facilitate a regional
approach to multidisciplinary and community-based health education, training and
recruitment of health professionals. OKAHEC coordinates its program goals with
state health agencies, health professional training programs, practitioners,
educational institutions, and communities.
evidence that the best cancer care includes emotional and social support, the
Cancer Support Community offers these services to all people affected by cancer.
Likely the largest professionally-led network of cancer support worldwide, the
organization delivers a comprehensive menu of personalized and essential
services. Because no cancer care plan is complete without emotional and social
support, the Cancer Support Community has a vibrant network of community-based
centers and online services run by trained and licensed professionals. For more
www.cancersupportcommunity.org. In July 2009, The
Wellness Community and Gilda's Club joined forces to become the Cancer Support
Community. The combined organization provides high-quality psychological and
social support through a network of nearly 50 local affiliates, more than 100
satellite locations and online.
was founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Based in Austin, Texas, LIVESTRONG fights for the 28 million people
around the world living with cancer today. LIVESTRONG connects
individuals to the support they need, leverages funding and resources to spur
innovation and engages communities and leaders to drive social change. Known for
the iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG's mission is to inspire and
empower anyone affected by cancer. For more information visit LIVESTRONG.org.