Cancer has a tremendous impact on patients, survivors and those they love, affecting their health and happiness in many ways. To help people with cancer, cancer survivors and their caregivers in our region have the best outcome and improve their quality of life, Shore Medical Center is partnering with the Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health to offer a free, six-week workshop, “Cancer: Thriving and Surviving,” which begins March 15. Classes will be held Thursdays from 10 am to 12:30 pm at Shore Cancer Center, 2nd Floor, in Somers Point, across from Shore Medical Center at the corner of Medical Center Way and Shore Road.
“Cancer: Thriving and Surviving” is an evidence-based program based on a chronic disease self-management model originally developed by Stanford University. The “Cancer: Thriving and Surviving” program is being offered throughout the country, but Shore’s offering is one of the first in this area.
Led by Shore Cancer Center staff and Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health members Angela Bailey, MSW, LSW, Joia Di Stefano, MPH, and Stephanie Bordonaro, MAS, CSW, TDTS, this engaging workshop helps patients and survivors learn to develop techniques to deal with a wide array of issues that can develop throughout and beyond cancer treatment. Each session builds upon the previous session. Participants will learn how to manage problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation, poor sleep and living with uncertainty; appropriate exercise for regaining and maintaining flexibility and endurance; decision making about treatment and complementary therapies; communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals; proper nutrition; setting priorities; and maintaining healthy relationships.
The program is free and open to any patients currently in treatment for cancer, cancer survivors, and their caregivers, however the program is limited to 20 people and is first come, first served. To learn more and to sign up for the program, please contact Angela Bailey, manager of community cancer outreach, at 609-653-3992 or by email at email@example.com.