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From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition
BOX 4-5 American Cancer Society Survivorship-Related Books
Eating Well, Staying Well During and After Cancer
Guide to Complementary and Alternative Cancer Methods
Couples Confronting Cancer: Keeping Your Relationship Strong
Crossing Divides: A Couple’s Story of Cancer, Hope, and Hiking Montana’s Continental Divide
Cancer in the Family: Helping Children Cope with a Parent’s Illness
Our Mom Has Cancer (Book for Children)
Coming to Terms with Cancer
Caregiving: A Step-By-Step Resource for Caring for the Person with Cancer at Home
Guide to Pain Control: Powerful Methods to Overcome Cancer Pain
When the Focus Is on Care: Palliative Care and Cancer
A Breast Cancer Journey: Your Personal Guidebook
Social Work in Oncology: Supporting Survivors, Families, and Caregivers
SOURCE: ACS (2004).
in the United States, Sisters Network has 39 affiliate chapters across the country. More than 3,000 members are involved in providing breast health training, attending conferences, and serving on various national boards and review committees. Chapters offer individual and group support, community education, advocacy, and research-related activities (e.g., promoting access to clinical trials). The 2005 national Sisters Network Conference “The New Spirit of Survivorship” focused on disparities, risk factors, and survivorship (CDC, 2005a).
The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) was founded by a prostate cancer survivor to raise awareness of prostate cancer among those at high risk, especially African-American men (PHEN, 2005). PHEN is establishing “brotherhoods” of prostate cancer survivors across the country that will focus on educating men about prostate cancer and mentoring and counseling those newly diagnosed with the disease, but will also provide support to each other as survivors. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and PHEN recently partnered to establish the first prostate cancer support group for African-American men in the Boston area (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 2005).
Support Available by Telephone and Online
Many psychosocial support services are available by phone to residents of rural areas and those living far from cancer centers, and increasingly