Cancer does not end once it goes into remission. A patient's life is forever changed by cancer treatment. But there is life after cancer treatment and Franciscan partners with local community agencies to offer excellent resources to make life after cancer treatment as normal as possible.
Cancer survivorship programs
For the first time in US and in human history, there are millions of cancer survivors. As a consequence, there is also a need for on–going cancer survivorship programs. Franciscan Cancer Care recognized this need several years ago and has developed cancer survivorship programs and services to support all survivors.
While being a cancer survivor is a great victory, the disease and treatment can leave survivors with physical, mental, and spiritual challenges after active treatment is complete. The treatment may also change patient’s total health situation; he/she may need more careful monitoring by a doctor after treatment is finished.
Survivorship services and programs are intended to:
- Offer information and recommendations to address these challenges
- Provide inspiration and encouragement
- Provide tools for coping with and facing a new “normal”
Physical concerns may include:
- How do I cope with side effects or limitations?
- Do I need some therapy to improve my mobility or quality of life?
- What kind of medical care do I need now?
- What lifestyle choices can I make that will help me to live a long and healthy life?
Mental concerns may include:
- I don’t think as clearly as I once did – Is there something I can do about that?
- How can I reduce the stress I feel?
Spiritual concerns may include:
- What meaning or purpose does my life have now? How did cancer change this?
- How does cancer change the way I live my life and my goals for the future?
Pierce County Cancer Survivor Conference
Since 2009, Franciscan Cancer Care has led and sponsored a community-wide Cancer Survivor Conference. Many community providers and non-profit organizations come together to provide a comprehensive program to meet the needs of cancer survivors. This event offers presentations on side-effects, mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, art therapy, disability, hormone-dependent cancers, sexuality, stress-reduction techniques and other topics chosen by survivors.
To view a complete list of the past conference events along with individual speaker presentations please visit: www.pccancersurvivorship.org
This website also links to other community and national resources for survivors including webinars, presentations, and providers of cancer supportive care and additional needs of survivors.