Advances in cancer treatment in the United States have translated to an estimated 13 million cancer survivors. Yet after months, and sometimes years, of treatment, next steps for cancer survivors pose new challenges for healthcare providers. At NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore), we know that the end of treatment is not the end of the cancer experience. Our Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program helps to ensure the long-term health and quality-of-life for cancer survivors.
About the LIFE Program
NorthShore's LIFE Program creates a bridge for continued care of post treatment cancer survivors back to the community, family and the primary care setting. LIFE is the first community cancer survivorship program in the region uniquely designed by its program director Carol A. Rosenberg MD, FACP, Director of NorthShore's Preventive Health Initiatives, to adhere to the guidelines proposed by the Institute of Medicine. The LIFE program, implemented in part through a Livestrong Foundation Community Cancer Survivorship Program Grant, is the first program of its type in the Northern Cook and Lake County region.
The LIFE Program features an individualized risk adapted visit with Carol Flanagan, RN, MSN, OCN, a specialized oncology nurse with expertise in cancer survivorship. Patients receive counseling based on a customized survivorship care plan. This personalized long-term care plan includes a portable detail of a survivor's oncology diagnostic and treatment summary, and cites guidelines for continued monitoring, including preventive practice recommendations. The plan maps out available resources and services such as genetics, fertility and integrative medicine consultations. A Breast Cancer Support Group also is offered.
If you have had cancer, ask your oncologist for a referral to the LIFE Program. There is no cost to participate.
The Myra Rubenstein Weis Survivorship 101 Seminar: Thrivership! is an educational workshop and resource series available to the community at-large. It covers major topics of cancer survivorship and promotes the acquisition of skills to understand, select and navigate community-based cancer survivor resources. The topics in the series, including nutrition, fitness, self-esteem, sexual intimacy, cognitive function, genetics, insurance and employment focus on the survivorship perspective. Programs are held at Highland Park, Evanston and Glenbrook Hospitals.
The LIFE Program partners with the Cancer Wellness Center for an Evening of Survivorship. The event includes interactive discussions and demonstrations centered on survivorship topics.
The Celebrate LIFEstyle Fitness Training is available in individualized and group formats for cancer survivors to learn how to exercise safely and effectively after treatment.
For More Information
Please call 847.926.5818 for questions or more information about LIFE.