Waterloo is offering another six week session 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 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." This new program, Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment, will be run in January 2012 to help fill this critical gap.
"This much needed program, which is offered at no cost to participants, will provide Northeast Iowa cancer survivors with information and tools to make the transition into living a full and productive life as a survivor," said Timi Brown, Med Fit Coordinator and Cancer Exercise Specialist at Covenant Wellness Center and Covenant Cancer Treatment Center. "Specifically, the program addresses exercise, nutrition, emotional health, quality of life and medical management after cancer treatment ends."
The sessions will be held every Tuesday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Thursday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning April 3 and running through May 10, for a period of six weeks. Participants can enroll in one of the two sessions offered, with a limit of ten participants per session. Classes will be held at Covenant Cancer Treatment Center, 200 East Ridgeway Avenue, Waterloo. Expert panelists at the six sessions will include fitness experts, a nutritionist and an RN educator 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 survivors."