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Posted 4/26/2016

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  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has just released its new Wellness Guide for Cancer Survivors. Full disclosure: I was one of the "experts" involved in the production, and I think it is really excellent. I like the focus on moving forward, regaining health while understanding that cancer has long tentacles.


  Here is the press release. Note that it includes a link to see more and download the guide. You can also order a free paper copy.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2016
Contact: Scott Zoback(scott.zoback@state.ma.us)

Massachusetts Releases Wellness Guide for Cancer Survivors
New multimedia publication combines wisdom of survivors & expertise of leading specialists

Boston, Mass. (April 22, 2016) –The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced the release of the first-of-its-kind “Wellness Guide for Cancer Survivors.”

This guide was developed by DPH to improve the health and quality of life of a growing population of adult cancer survivors – those who have been diagnosed, treated, or who are living with cancer in the Bay State. 

Because no one understands a cancer survivor’s journey better than another survivor, the Wellness Guide for Cancer Survivors was developed by cancer survivors. Through personal stories and expert interviews, survivors from throughout Massachusetts, and specialists who care for cancer patients, show how a focus on wellness can improve health and quality of life in six areas, including;

• Physical Wellness
• Emotional Wellness
• Social Wellness
• Thinking (Cognitive) Wellness
• Spiritual Wellness
• Work Wellness

“Many people find that the time after finishing active cancer treatment is extremely challenging,” said Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, BCD, OSW-C, Program Manager of Oncology Social Work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a survivor and one of the experts featured in the Wellness Guide. “This guide delivers a thoughtful and useful roadmap to physical and psychological healing.”

While much of a cancer patient’s treatment is out of their hands, the Wellness Guide highlights self-care topics over which every survivor can exercise some control. Through easy to read information, videos and online resources, the guide empowers adult survivors to take small steps to improve their wellness in whatever area they choose.

There has never been a better time for such a guide. With advances in detection and treatment, there are more cancer survivors living in Massachusetts than ever before. Approximately 36,000 Massachusetts residents are diagnosed with some form of cancer annually, and undergo treatments that can range from hours to years depending on the type of cancer. 

To get the Wellness Guide for Cancer Survivors, visit http://www.mass.gov/cancersurvivor.

To schedule an interview, including with a regional expert of survivor, contact Scott Zoback at Mass DPH.

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