Advances in cancer treatment in the United States have translated to an estimated 15 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 we know that the end of treatment is not the end of the cancer experience. Our Myra Rubenstein Weis (MRW) Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program helps to ensure the long-term health and quality-of-life for cancer survivors.
About the MRW LIFE Program
NorthShore's MRW LIFE Program creates a bridge for continued care of post-treatment cancer survivors to get back to their communities, families and the primary care setting. Uniquely designed by its program director Carol A. Rosenberg MD, FACP, Director of NorthShore's Preventive Health Initiatives, LIFE is the first community cancer survivorship program in the region to adhere to the guidelines proposed by the Institute of Medicine and Commission on Cancer. The LIFE program, implemented in part through a Livestrong Foundation Community Cancer Survivorship Program Grant and sustained with generous funding from the Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center is the first program of its type in the Northern Lake/Cook County area.
Survivorship Care Plan
The LIFE Program features a personal risk adapted visit with Anisha Patel, MSN, RN, APN, OCN, a specialized advanced practice oncology nurse in the Kellogg Cancer Centers. This visit features a customized Survivorship Care Plan, which is tailored to each cancer survivor as a unique individual and includes education regarding cancer diagnostic and treatment summary, follow-up and surveillance guidelines, long-term and late-effects of cancer treatments, healthy lifestyle practice recommendations and directed navigation to health professional services and survivorship resources, such as primary care, genetics, reproductive medicine and integrative medicine consultations.
An important aspect of the LIFE program is the Myra Rubenstein Weis Survivorship 101 Seminar: Thrivership! This educational workshop and resource series is available to the community at-large and is free of charge. It covers major topics of cancer survivorship and promotes the acquisition of skills to understand, select and navigate community-based survivor resources. The topics in the series, including nutrition, fitness, self-esteem, sexual intimacy, cognitive function, genetics, insurance and employment with a focus on the survivorship perspective. Programs are held at NorthShore hospitals and the Cancer Wellness Center.
For More Information
If you have had cancer, ask your oncologist for a referral to the LIFE Program, or please call 847.926.5818 with any questions or for more information.