Our partners at the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship have
developed comprehensive educational resources and guidance for cancer
survivors. Please use the links below to access empowering tools and
resources on living fully through and beyond cancer. This toolbox can be
ordered free as a CD set here.
First Steps for the Newly Diagnosed
Information that needs to be gathered and decisions that need to be
made in the initial days and weeks after a cancer diagnosis.
Basic Survivorship Skills
- Communicating - Letting others know clearly what you think and feel and also learning what they think and feel.
- Finding Information -
How to use the different resources available to find information that
will help you understand your kind of cancer and its treatment.
StVincent Cancer Care offers diagnostic and treatment information from
the National Cancer Institute for each type of cancer here.
- Making Decisions - How to weigh the pros and cons of cancer treatment decisions.
- Solving Problems - Taking the necessary steps to solve a difficult situation in your life or daily activities.
- Negotiating - Communicating effectively with people involved in your healthcare.
- Standing Up for Your Rights - Also known as self advocacy, this section supports you in actions that empower you in your journey.
Topics for Older Persons
Cancer is a common problem for many older persons, but simply being
older should not add to the burden of the disease. This section focuses
on issues that have specific meaning for older cancer survivors, such as
finding quality cancer care despite your age and other health problems
and getting help paying for medications.
Finding Ways to Pay for Care
Guidance for underinsured or uninsured people who are having difficulty finding and getting the care they need.
Caring for the Caregiver
Caring for a cancer survivor can be overwhelming. Caregivers are also
survivors because they too are surviving the challenges,
responsibilities, and life-changing effects of cancer and treatment. In
this section, you will find resources and support for cancer caregivers
to address their own needs.
St.Vincent Receives LIVESTRONG Transitions Grant
to Advance Survivorship Programs
LIVESTRONG, the organization founded by cancer survivor and champion
cyclist Lance Armstrong, named St.Vincent Hospital a Community Impact
Project Award recipient. St.Vincent is using the award to develop
several survivorship programs for our patients, their loved ones, and
the Central Indiana cancer support community.
Learn more about Cancer Transitions Support Group here.
Living Beyond Cancer
Cancer survivorship is a day-to-day, ongoing process that begins with
your diagnosis and continues through the rest of your life. This
section discusses a number of important issues specific to life beyond
the diagnosis and initial treatment of cancer.
- Living with After Effects
- Family Communication
- Emotional Aspects of Cancer
- Getting Your House in Order
- Living with Hope
Managing Physical Changes After Cancer Treatment
From the National Cancer Institute. This section describes in detail the physical issues that can occur when treatment is over.
Cancer changes a person’s healthcare needs forever. Every person with
cancer should receive written care plans and summaries that follow them
from the time they are diagnosed through all their years of
survivorship. A care plan helps survivors understand their cancer
treatment and clarifies follow-up needs.
Dying Well—The Final Stage of Survivorship
Although death is an inevitable part of life, few of us know just
what to do or say or how to find the support we need when we are nearing
the end of our lives and saying our final goodbyes. This section offers
guidance on choices, resources, and what to expect during this last
stage of survival.
Special thanks to the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
for this content. All rights reserved….need legal verbiage from NCCS.
Linda: waiting to hear back. The National Coalition for Cancer
Survivorship is the oldest survivor-led cancer advocacy organization in
the country, advocating for quality cancer care for all Americans and
empowering cancer survivors. The not-for-profit organization can be
reached at www.canceradvocacy.org or (301) 650-9127 or (888) 650-9127 (toll-free). You may write for information at firstname.lastname@example.org. To order the Cancer Survival Toolbox® or other NCCS publications, call (877) NCCS-YES or (877) 622-7937.
Additional Resources for Cancer Survivors