Health & Wellness While Battling Cancer

Health & Wellness While Battling Cancer


– Okay, October is Breast
Cancer Awareness Month. A time when you’ll hear
lots of statistics, signs and symptoms,
diagnosis and treatment of that disease. Impacts thousands and thousands of women every year in this country. And today we have Dr. Stephanie Graff of Sarah Cannon Cancer
Institute with us to talk a little bit about the
importance of taking proactive steps in wellness if you are a cancer survivor. Doctor Graff, what is cancer survivorship? – So, survivorship, the
American Cancer Society diagnoses a survivor as
somebody who has been diagnosed with cancer and living beyond. So, if you were diagnosed
yesterday or 10 years ago, you’re a cancer survivor. There is different types of survivorship. There is patients that are long done with active treatment. There is patients, with
example, metastatic disease that are gonna be on treatment forever, but, really, all of them fall
into the care of a survivor. – You said this program
isn’t anything new, but you’re kind of putting an emphasis on it because there is such a demand for, really, support
throughout the treatment and after they survive. – Yeah, I think that your physician team is really good at taking
care of the active treatment part, the
chemo therapy, the pills and palliative nausea symptoms that might go along with cancer treatment, but there is so much more
to being a healthy person. There is nutrition and there is exercise and there is emotional strength
and all that resilience that goes along with
getting past a diagnosis of cancer, and now we have a
new Cancer Wellness director, Sami Mansfield, and she is
really leading up the charge to help tie that
packaging together and get our patients real comprehensive access to the services that are gonna
make them feel their best. – Have you seen success with this program? – Oh, absolutely! Sami’s been doing some
really exciting stuff. We have a new nutrition
wellness coordinator, we’re running classes on cancer-related fatigue, weight loss. So many patients with cancer
have the same struggles that the rest of us have, which is focusing on
being their best self, and patients participating
in those classes and access points are
really filled with praise for what the experience has been. – How many patients have you
had go through this program? – More than I can count. (laughs) – That’s great and you’re
getting more and more interest. – Exactly, definitely. – How would someone go about
signing up for it or finding out more information about it? – So, you can always use your physician as an access point and talk to your doctor about what options you
have for cancer wellness. But on the Sarah Cannon
HCA Midwest Health website there is an opportunity
to sign up for classes, for things like the cancer-related fatigue classes, et cetera. So, you can access it directly
from the website as well. – Very cool program and it’s so nice that you’re already seeing
kind of immediate results. – Yeah. – Something that hasn’t, really, been done in a while. Thank you very much,
– Yeah, no problem. – Doctor, for joining us.
– Thanks. – We appreciate it.

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