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Rex Cancer Center of Wakefield Partners with UNC Lineberger to Offer “Cancer Transitions”

Unique Program Helps Patients More Easily Adjust to Lives as Cancer Survivors

February 23, 2012

Contact: Alan M. Wolf
(919) 784-4467

RALEIGH, N.C. - Rex Cancer Center of Wakefield is partnering with 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.

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

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 activities and question and answer sessions with experts including nurses, 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 the Triangle area by sharing with them information and tools to take charge of their own health and move forward into a full life as a cancer survivor," said Karen Hansen of Rex Cancer Center at Wakefield. Hansen has provided social work services to patients and families at the Rex Cancer Center of Raleigh for 10 years and is currently the social worker at Rex Cancer Center of Wakefield.

"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 Dr. Donald Rosenstein, 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 Health-e-NC program and the University Cancer Research Fund, with the goal of improving cancer outcomes in North Carolina.

The six sessions will be held weekly on Tuesdays, starting March 6, at 4:30 p.m. at the Rex Wellness Center of Wakefield, Classroom B. To register or for more information, contact Karen Hansen at (919) 570-7564 or karen.hansen@rexhealth.com.

For more information about Rex Cancer Centers, visit rexhealth.com/cancer.