Life Beyond Chemotherapy
Cancer care in busy oncology programs is often focused on patients who are actively receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Sometimes lost in the care delivery system are the "cancer survivors" who are not under active treatment but who have a unique and challenging array of medical, psychosocial, and financial problems. Recognition of cancer survivorship as a distinct phase in the cancer care continuum is gaining momentum nationally. "Survivorship" is defined as "the period of health and well-being experienced by survivors after active cancer treatment (and before diagnosis of recurrence or a new malignancy)". Despite the increased attention to survivorship care, these patients remain underserved. Our "Survivorship Care Program" will target patients completing adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer and colon cancer. These patients typically have good prognoses , and thus fit the definition of cancer survivorship. It is estimated that 100 patients will receive this survivorship care in the first year of the program. This program will help survivors deal with many of the common challenges and hurdles that arise at the completion of cancer treatment.
Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:
|2012||Clinical Trials Program Education and Enhancement||$4,000||Clinical Trial||Mercy Hospital|
|2011||New Leaf Program||$4,000||Survivorship||Mercy Hospital|
|2009||Breast Cancer Exercise Program||$3,500||Education||Mercy Hospital|
|2007||Life Beyond Chemotherapy||$4,000||Survivorship||Mercy Hospital|
|2001||Pilot Study of Post Breast Surgery Syndrome||$9,292||Research||Mercy Hospital|