One of the components of good cancer survivorship care is to provide patients with a programme to help with the transition from active treatment to living well with and beyond cancer.
The Cancer Thriving and Surviving Programme is adapted by Stanford University from their Chronic Disease Self-Management Programme (CDSMP) which is based on a rehabilitation best practice model and has been positively evaluated internationally and in Ireland. This validated programme uses a prescribed structure and manual.
The model is based on self-management with information and support and includes modules on;
- cancer prevention
- information on long term consequences of treatment
- psycho-social support.
The programme is run over 6 weeks with a 2.5 hour a week commitment. It is the NCCP’s aim that this programme will be offered to all cancer survivors who wish to avail of it nationally. It is currently being delivered in multiple sites by community and hospital based organisations around the country.