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August 2012 Issue

Siteman Fairs Promote Survivorship Plans, Resources

Representatives from the Cancer Support Community and the family member of a patient with cancer talk at the community resource table. Photo by Mary Williams

Two recent cancer survivorship fairs introduced survivorship concepts to patients and let them create a survivorship care plan. The fairs, held June 12 and July 11 at the Center for Advanced Medicine, was sponsored by the Siteman Cancer Center.

According to the National Cancer Institute, people are considered cancer survivors from the time of diagnosis through the balance of their life. A survivorship plan gives survivors and their families a strategy to deal with the physical, psychological and spiritual issues that arise when living with cancer or its aftereffects.

“I think the survivorship fair was amazing,” says Betty Sharp, a retired charge nurse at Siteman and a cancer survivor. “The fair is needed for patients, families and especially caregivers.”

Fair staffers provided information about topics including nutrition, exercise, psychological support, spiritual support, the Arts + Healthcare program, survivorship care plans, care for the caregiver, sexuality and intimacy concerns, and other cancer resources.

Fair organizers included Chris Rimkus, Anne Rihanek, Joan James, Pat Dulle, Sue Hays, Nancy Tecu, Sarah Colby, Maggie Kavanaugh and Trista Van Arsdale.