Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment was developed in 2006 in partnership between the Cancer Support Community and LIVESTRONG. Cancer Transitions™ is designed to support, educate and empower people with cancer in the transitional period after treatment is over. This program features written materials as well as interactive components to address the long-term effects of cancer treatment, as well as survivors' psychosocial needs during their transition to life after treatment. The evidence-based program was created with recognized experts in key aspects of cancer survivorship, incorporating information from peer-reviewed literature. Research shows that both men and women who participate can experience:
- Less worry about the negative impacts of cancer
- Better physical and social functioning
- More commitment to physical activity
- Improvements in fat-related dietary habits
The six-week series incorporates support groups, education, nutrition and physical exercise, as well as addressing other medical management, psychosocial and quality of life issues. The program also provides survivors with practical tools and resources to formulate a personal action plan for survivorship beyond their participation in Cancer Transitions.
Up to 20 participants meet for a 2 1/2 hour session each week to hear presentations from experts, engage in group discussion and directly address the emotional and social hurdles they face during the transition period following treatment. The program also offers a “booster” session held one month after the program ends, to reinforce many of the proactive behavioral changes discussed during the core program. Men and women who wish to better manage the short and long-term impacts of cancer—especially within the first 24 months after treatment will gain valuable skills through this program.
Facilitators of this program will be responsible for implementing the program as prescribed in the facilitator guide, recruiting participants, disseminating the materials sent to them to implement the program to participants, run the program for six weeks (twice), select and recruit the experts utilized during the six-week course and collect feedback from participants via a survey provided by LIVESTRONG. This award allows for the program to be run twice in each award location.
Through the 2011 Community Impact Project, LIVESTRONG will fund the implementation of this program in 35 new sites across the country. In 2010, LIVESTRONG replicated this program in 34 locations. The locations awarded in 2010 are eligible for the 2011 award. Selected sites for the 2011 awards will receive $4,000 to implement the program in their community along with the materials necessary to successfully run the program twice.