A New Approach to Life After Cancer – How You Can Make a Difference
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Today, there are an estimated 14 million cancer survivors in the US. These friends, family members, and neighbors have unique health conditions which are not addressed by current medical care. Most survivors go through intense treatments using toxic drugs and/or radiation which can have lifelong effects; the most common side effects include pain, depression, and fatigue. Oncologists and other medical staff are not trained to focus on patients after treatment, nor are they reimbursed for the time. Nation-‐wide, it is estimated that fewer than 10% of all cancer centers, community-‐based hospitals and private oncology practices have comprehensive survivor programs. Scientific and clinical evidence shows that improving diet, exercise and overall wellness increases better quality of life and reduces cancer recurrence, but many survivors need information and support to affect these changes.
Having impacted the lives of cancer survivors and their supporters since 2005, CTC’s vision is to craft a new approach to life after cancer. Our mission is to empower cancer survivors to take control of their health by offering credible educational materials, comprehensive resources, and a roadmap for all those impacted by the disease to lead healthier, happier and longer lives.
With your help, CTC changes the lives of survivors through the following programs:
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The Center for Survivorship, a leading research and wellness center Education: over 10,000 educational brochures distributed to promote resources for cancer survivors Community Outreach services including exercise and support groups offered in local communities College scholarships for cancer survivors CT Challenge Survivorship Summit, one of the largest conferences in the US for medical professionals A Speaker Series: educational, cultural and awareness raising events for cancer survivors Innovative website: educating, motivating and guiding cancer survivors to qualified resources. Viewers in 49 states and 40 countries watch videos and read content in exercise and nutrition Pilot research projects in cancer survivorship A multi-‐year grant supporting the development of Survivorship curriculum for nursing students Mobile mammography services in underserved areas The CT Challenge Survivorship Network of hospitals and cancer centers in the New England region
88 % of every dollar spent is directed towards program services