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Cancer Thriving and Surviving

Cancer: Thriving and Surviving (CTS) Program 

“Cancer: Thriving and Surviving (CTS) Program” is a 6- week workshop developed to help individuals who are cancer survivors to better manage their health and daily lives.  Classes are highly participatory. Mutual support and success builds participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Cancer: Thriving and Surviving workshop was adapted from the Chronic Disease Self-management Program developed by Stanford University and has been tested for effectiveness.

Format

  • Small group workshop
  • 2.5 hours per session, 1 session per week for 6 weeks
  • It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Settings

  • Community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals.
  • Special attention will be given to making the location accessible to all.
  • A room large enough for all participants to gather comfortably, plus space for 2 leaders and their materials.

Participants

  • People who are managing cancer or are in remission
  • 12-16 participants per workshop

Participant Receive the following materials free: 

Subjects Taught

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation, poor sleep and living with uncertainty
  • Appropriate exercise for regaining and maintaining flexibility, and endurance
  • Making decisions about treatment and complementary therapies
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • Nutrition
  • Setting priorities
  • Relationships

(Note: Participants make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. Physicians and other health professionals both at Stanford and in the community have reviewed all materials in the workshop.)