Rehabilitation & Survivorship

Improvements in early detection of cancer as well as cancer treatment have resulted in people living longer after being diagnosed with cancer. It is estimated that 68% of people diagnosed with cancer will live at least five years after diagnosis.[1] Cancer survivorship begins the moment a person receives a cancer diagnosis and extends through their treatment journey and lifetime. Survivorship also includes family members, friends and caregivers of cancer patients. Positive advances create new challenges though, including providing rehabilitation and support services to a growing number of cancer survivors of all ages. Depending on the stage of diagnosis, extent and method of treatment, and age, survivors may face physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and financial issues. With cancer survivors living longer, there is a need to promote health and prevent secondary (or unrelated) disease.

Maine Cancer Foundation’s Rehabilitation and Survivorship Workgroup meets 6-8 times per year by phone and in person to discuss the diverse set of topics affecting cancer survivors. Our workgroup members offer expertise gained by working with cancer survivors and their caregivers. We also stay abreast of resources available to cancer survivors throughout Maine. We invite participation from:

  • Cancer survivors
  • Caregivers of cancer survivors
  • Healthcare providers who provide care for cancer survivors
  • Patient Navigators and Advocates
  • Maine residents committed to reducing the burden of cancer in our State

If you have questions about the Rehabilitation and Survivorship Workgroup, please contact the Workgroup Facilitators: Marguerite (Peggy) Belanger at [email protected] or Yvonne Devine at [email protected].


[1] American Cancer Society Facts & Figures 2015