May 24, 2009 9:00 AM by St. Mary-Corwin
LIVESTRONG™ photo courtesy of Matt Lankes
Today, more than10 million Americans are currently living with, through or beyond cancer. A cancer survivor is someone with an initial diagnosis of cancer, one going through treatment and anyone post-treatment, their caregivers, family members and loved ones. Care for cancer survivors consists oflong-term follow-up surveillance, late effects management, rehabilitation, coping and counseling, health promotion and nutrition, and exercise for cancer patients after treatent.
The Lance Armstrong Foundation(LAF) believes that in the battle with cancer, unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. From the moment of diagnosis, the LAF provides the practical information and tools to help people with cancer live life on their own terms.
As a community affiliate of the LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence Network, the Reverend Roger Patrick Dorcy Cancer Center focuses on education, health and wellness activities, community outreach and post treatment survivorship research that address the issues that cancer survivor's face from the moment of diagnosis through post treatment care.
We aim to ensure that people affected by cancer live well through top quality care and survivorship excellence by: integrating pre, during and post treatment follow-up as a standard of care; developing a pilot model of post clinical care; and offering the program site as access to resources and information needed by patients, families and medical professionals in Southern Colorado.
Education and Resources:
This research study is a partnership between the Dorcy Cancer Center and the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Cancer survivors are faced with many challenges after treatment ends and there has been little previous research looking at the specific challenges of survivors. As part of this study, participants are asked to complete two surveys: one at a 3 month follow-up appointment and one at a 12 month appointment following cancer treatment. Eligibility requirements are: Head/Neck cancer survivor, over the age of 18, treatment included radiation therapy from the Dorcy Cancer Center, English speaking. For more information, call 719-557-4548.
The Cancer Survivorship Program is offered in the following regions:Dorcy Cancer Center in Pueblo,the University of Colorado Cancer Center, Denver Health Medical Center and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction.
For more informationregarding thecancer survivorship program, contact: