National "Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment" Program
Sponsored by The Wellness Community and the Lance Armstrong Foundation
The Pasadena area is among several cities that will participate in a new national program to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care. Developed by The Wellness Community (TWC) and the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF), the program was created to bridge the gap between cancer treatment and life following cancer.
This is an important health care gap to fill because according to a 2007 Institute of Medicine report, 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." This new program, Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment, will be launched in Pasadena, CA, Monday, November 2nd, 2009.
"This much needed program, which is offered at no cost to participants, will provide 20 Pasadena area cancer survivors with information and tools to make the transition into living a full and productive life as a survivor," said Litsa Mitchell, Program Director, Pasadena Wellness Community - Foothills. "Specifically, the program addresses exercise, nutrition, emotional health, quality of life and medical management after cancer treatment ends."
The six sessions will be held for six weeks - the five Mondays of November and the first Monday of December from 6:00-8:00PM at Pasadena Wellness Community Foothills, 200 E. Del Mar Blvd, Pasadena, CA. Expert panelists at the six sessions will include an oncologist, fitness expert, nutritionist and will be facilitated by a licensed pscyotherpist who will discuss various topics including:
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 the Lance Armstrong Foundation. "The Wellness Community is an ideal partner for 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."
In addition to Pasadena, CA, the Cancer Transitions program will be offered in a rollout of other cities nationally.