Mission Health to offer Cancer Transitions program for survivors

From the press release:

Asheville, N.C., Feb.28, 2012 – Mission Health is partnering with the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, a program of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, to offer a nationally-recognized program that helps cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care.

Developed by the Cancer Support Community and LIVESTRONG®, Cancer Transitions is a six-week free program that offers cancer survivors individualized advice and information on issues such as exercise, nutrition, emotional health, quality of life and medical concerns after cancer treatment ends.

The six sessions will be held weekly on Tuesdays, starting March 13th, 2012 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. at the Mission SECU Cancer Center, 1st Floor Support Group Room, 21 Hospital Drive, Asheville. To register or for more information, contact Juli Flasker at (828) 213-3530 or juli.flasker@msj.org.

Cancer survivors often find that transitioning out of treatment raises a variety of questions about what to do now, how to stay healthy, how to cope with possible long-term side effects of cancer and its treatment and how to define a new “normal” for their lives. During the program, cancer survivors participate in small-group activities and question and answer sessions with experts including doctors, nutritionists, and fitness experts who will discuss a variety of topics that are important in transitioning to cancer survivorship.

“We are pleased to partner with UNC, home of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, to offer this program at no cost and help cancer survivors in Western North Carolina by giving them the information and tools to take charge of their own health and move forward into a full and productive life as a cancer survivor,” said Becky Pitts, MSN, RN-BC, OCN, Oncology Nurse Navigator at Mission Hospitals.

Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment™ has a proven track record as an evidence-based program that provides cancer survivors with the tools they need to take charge of their own health and quality of life.

“There are more than 12 million cancer survivors in the United States, and health care providers need to have programs and resources to help them achieve the best possible post-cancer outcomes from the standpoint of the whole patient,” said Donald Rosenstein, MD, director of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program and UNC’s LIVESTRONG® Survivorship Center of Excellence.

The spring workshop is supported by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s HealtheNC program and the University Cancer Research Fund, with the goal of improving cancer outcomes in North Carolina.

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, NC, is the state’s sixth largest health system and the tertiary care regional referral center for Western NC and the adjoining region. In 2012, Mission Health was named by Thomson Reuters as one of the top 15 health systems in the nation – the only health system in North Carolina to receive this recognition.

Founded in 1885, Mission Health is a not-for-profit, independent community hospital system that operates four hospitals, numerous out-patient and surgery centers, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 750 physicians, and is certified in over 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties. Centers of excellence include heart, cancer, stroke care and neurosciences, and pediatrics. Mission Hospital, the system’s flagship hospital, is licensed for 730 beds and is the busiest surgical hospital in North Carolina. Other Mission
hospitals include Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, McDowell Hospital in Marion, and Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville.

Approximately 8,800 employees and 700 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to serving and improving the health and wellness of the people of Western North Carolina.


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