Partnerships bring new support to those completing cancer treatment

13 September 2011

Charlottetown -

The transition from treatment to post-treatment care can be unsettling for many cancer survivors, leaving them with questions about how to move beyond cancer and toward a healthy life. A new pilot program being offered to adults who have recently completed cancer treatment aims to support a smooth transition, offering some closure to the treatment experience and mapping next steps.

The Canadian Cancer Society, PEI Division, Health PEI’s Cancer Treatment Centre, and go!pei are partnering to bring Cancer Transitions™ to survivors of all types of cancer in PEI.  Developed out of the United States by the Cancer Support Community and LIVESTRONG, the program has run successfully in several Canadian communities.

People who have taken part in Cancer Transitions™ said that, after the program, they experience:

  • Less worry about the negative impacts of cancer
  • Better physical and social functioning
  • More commitment to physical activity
  • Improvements in fat-related dietary habits

Individuals who have completed cancer treatment in the past two years are invited to register for this six week program. Led by a trained facilitator, with the assistance of guest speakers and a fitness expert, each session includes an exercise component, dietary information and a healthy meal as well as topics such as 1) Getting back to wellness 2) Exercise 3) Emotional health 4) Nutrition 5) Medical management and 6) Moving beyond treatment.

To encourage a sustainable healthy lifestyle and extend the support of the program, participants will also learn about relevant services in the community and local opportunities to stay active and eat well.  

The program runs on Thursdays from 4:30-7:00 pm, at the Four Neighbourhoods Community Health Centre in Charlottetown beginning on September 15th, with a registration fee of $20.00.

For more information call the Canadian Cancer Society at 566-4007 or toll-free at 1-866-566-4007.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Lori Barker

Executive Director

Phone: 902-566-4007