Support after cancer treatment

One thing we feel passionate about is that support for cancer patients shouldn't end when treatment does. One of our services includes monthly survivor groups.

This Washington Post article talks about the importance of getting healthy after cancer treatment ends.

Here's an excerpt:

"No hospital sends a stroke patient home without a detailed plan to help them regain as much of their normal functioning as possible. Yet cancer patients are routinely released with no guidance on how to deal with the impairments that may linger after their treatment is done. “A lot of cancer survivors feel ditched after treatment,” says Catherine Alfano, deputy director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship at the National Cancer Institute.

Research shows that cancer rehabilitation can help people reduce disability and improve their functioning, yet too few cancer survivors get such care, says Julie Silver, a physician and associate professor at Harvard Medical School. She encountered the problem herself after undergoing rigorous treatment for breast cancer in 2003. Afterward, she felt abandoned."

Kentucky now home to an NCI-designated cancer center

Great news: The University of Kentucky's Markey Cancer Center is the state's first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.

This opens "the door to the newest and most innovative research and treatments in a state with the nation’s highest cancer death rate," says a Courier-Journal article about the announcement. 

UK also announced its partnership in this with Norton Cancer Institute; the initiative means Norton patients will have access to new treatments through UK.

"Patients at Norton’s institute, which NCI named a community cancer center in 2010, will have access to new UK clinical trials, Evers said, and in most cases will be able to participate from Louisville.Markey has more than 200 clinical trials under way. Evers said he doesn’t yet have a list of all the new clinical trials that will become available but said many will focus on the major cancers afflicting the state, including lung, colorectal and breast cancer."

Read the full story here.

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