Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs

Yale Launches New Program for Cancer Survivors

March 1, 2009

National “Cancer Transitions” Program Co-sponsored by The Wellness Community and the Lance Armstrong Foundation

New Haven, Conn. 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 because according to a 2007 Institute of Medicine report, the 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.” The new program to help fill this gap, Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment, will begin on Thursday evenings beginning May 7.

“This much needed program, which is offered at no cost to participants, and will provide cancer survivors with information and tools to make the transition into living a full and productive life as a survivor. The program addresses exercise, nutrition, emotional health, quality of life and medical management after cancer treatment ends,” said Dr. Tish Knobf, American Cancer Society Professor of Oncology Nursing at Yale University School of Nursing.

The six sessions will be held weekly at Yale University School of Nursing, 100 Church Street South, New Haven, CT. Expert panelists at the six sessions will include advanced practice nurses, social workers, nutritionists and fitness experts who will discuss various topics. These subjects include:

• 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."    

For more details and registration, please call Tom Quinn at (203) 737-2166.