Washington, D.C., Sept. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Cancer Support Community (CSC) and the LIVESTRONG Foundation (LIVESTRONG) today announced the launch of the next generation of their highly-regarded resource, Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment, a free education program to help cancer survivors make the successful transition from active treatment to post-treatment and the next chapter in their lives.

Over the past decade, Cancer Transitions reached thousands of patients in over 150 locations globally, through more than 425 completed programs. The updated Cancer Transitions incorporates the latest research on maintaining mental and emotional health, eating well, and exercising. During the program, facilitators will also educate participants on Survivorship Care Plans, records of a patient's cancer history and recommendations for follow-up care and lifestyle changes. The Commission on Cancer now requires cancer centers to provide Survivorship Care Plans to all eligible patients.

Available beginning September 28, the new Cancer Transitions is made possible through generous support from Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), a national network of five hospitals that serves adult patients who are fighting cancer. Additional funding was provided by Genentech.

“Thanks to support from CTCA®, we are able to update and share this highly successful program to help people thrive after cancer,” said CSC President Linda House. “Based on evaluations of Cancer Transitions, 94 percent of participants agree or strongly agree that as a result of this program they are more confident that they can make and maintain healthy lifestyle choices.”

Cancer Transitions, which is designed for survivors of any cancer diagnosis who have completed treatment within 24 months (although survivors who are further past treatment may participate), includes six weekly 2.5-hour sessions covering such topics as: exercise, nutrition, relaxation, stress management, emotional and social support, and long-term medical management.

“Because of the partnership with Cancer Support Community and their track record of implementing evidence-based programming for cancer survivors, Cancer Transitions has been a proven benefit for people worldwide,” said LIVESTRONG President Greg Lee. “We’re proud to be part of an effort that helps improve the quality of life of people affected by cancer.”

Carolyn Lammersfeld, Vice President for Integrative Oncology for CTCA Medicine & Science, agrees that the program is beneficial to cancer patients. “We are thrilled to be able to support Cancer Transitions so that cancer patients can receive valuable tools for living well after cancer treatment,” she said. For a list of locations where Cancer Transitions is available, visit www.cancertransitions.org

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About the Cancer Support Community

As the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community (CSC), including its Gilda’s Club affiliates, is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. CSC achieves its mission through three areas: direct service delivery, research, and advocacy. The organization includes an international network of Affiliates that offer the highest quality social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer, as well as a community of support available online and over the phone. The Research and Training Institute conducts cutting-edge psychosocial, behavioral, and survivorship research. CSC furthers its focus on patient advocacy through its Cancer Policy Institute, informing public policy in Washington, D.C. and across the nation. For more information, please call the toll-free Cancer Support Helpline at 888-793-9355, or visit www.CancerSupportCommunity.org. So that no one faces cancer alone®

About The LIVESTRONG Foundation 

LIVESTRONG fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. For 20 years, LIVESTRONG has been a voice for cancer survivors and has directly served more than 3.5 million people. A pioneer in the field of survivorship, LIVESTRONG is a world leader in providing direct services to cancer patients and survivors, advocating for policies that enhance survivors’ quality of life and developing partnerships that create access to cancer programs across the country. Since 2007, the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program has made a return to fitness and well-being possible for nearly 50,000 survivors in almost 600 YMCA locations. Working with The University of Texas’ Dell Medical School, LIVESTRONG is building the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes to reinvent and redesign cancer care for and with people affected by cancer. Please visit LIVESTRONG.org/WeCanHelp.

About Cancer Treatment Centers of America® 

Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global, Inc. (CTCA) is a national network of five hospitals in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa that serve adult patients from around the world. CTCA® offers an integrative approach to care that combines advancements in genomic testing and precision cancer treatment, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy, with supportive therapies designed to manage side effects and enhance quality of life both during and after treatment. Our patient satisfaction scores consistently rank among the highest for all cancer care providers in the country. CTCA is also rated one of the most admired hospital systems in the U.S. in national consumer surveys. Visit cancercenter.com, Facebook.com/cancercenter and Twitter.com/cancercenter for more information.

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Henry Duong
Cancer Support Community
202-650-5365
hduong@cancersupportcommunity.org

Abi Obre
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
561-923-3198
abigail.obre@ctca-hope.com