SURVIVORSHIP

What is survivorship?

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), “survivorship” begins at the time of diagnosis and continues during and after treatment for as long as you live.  

Who is Included? 

Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer is a survivor according to American Cancer Society (ACS).  

What are the effects of survivorship? 

Navigating cancer and survivorship is different for everyone. Some survivors may feel a mixture of emotions including joy, concern, relief, guilt, fear, and stress. Some may experience anxiety and uncertainty regarding their health. Others may gain a great appreciation of life after a cancer diagnosis. There may also be new worries and challenges that surface overtime.  

Healthy Lunch

​Find out more about staying active during and after cancer treatment.

 

Learn about the importance of exercise, as well as what you need to know if you are planning on working during treatment or returning to work afterwards.

Nutrition for People with Cancer

Physical Activity and the Cancer Patient

 

Living Well During Treatment
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Living with Cancer

Life doesn't stop when you are diagnosed with cancer. Learn ways to decrease the impact of cancer on everyday life. 

 

Resources to Help You Cope​

Learn to spot signs of anxiety or depression, and find out how to get help when needed.

Coping with Cancer
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Some cancers can come back or recur after treatment. The odds of this happening depend on many factors, including the type of cancer. Learn more about cancer recurrence and living with this possibility here.

What Is Cancer Recurrence?

Can I Do Anything to Prevent Cancer Recurrence?

Coping With Cancer Recurrence

When Cancer Comes Back [PDF]

Understanding Recurrence

Adapted from the American Cancer Society (ACS).  

Effective coping requires: 
  1. Understanding the challenge you are facing 

  2. Thinking through solutions 

  3. Asking for and allowing the support of others 

  4. Feeling comfortable with the course of action you choose 

Navigating cancer and survivorship is different for everyone. Some survivors may feel a mixture of emotions including joy, concern, relief, guilt, fear, and stress. Some may experience anxiety and uncertainty regarding their health. Others may gain a great appreciation of life after a cancer diagnosis. There may also be new worries and challenges that surface overtime.  

What are the effects of survivorship? 

NEED SUPPORT? 

There are many local and national resources available to cancer survivors, their families and caregivers. 

LOCAL RESOURCES

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Cancer Support Groups

Dignity Health Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento hosts a variety of support groups for patients and their loves ones throughout Sacramento, Yolo and Nevada counties. Due to COVID-19, support groups are currently being offered virtually. Please email the contacts below to obtain ZOOM meeting access. 

 

Lung and Esophageal Cancer Support Group
Email: Tiffany.Porter@DignityHealth.org

 

Living with Advanced Cancer
Email: Mary.Caravalho001@DignityHealth.org 

Cancer Support Group
Second and Fourth Thursday of the month, 11 a.m.–Noon
Email: Maribeth.Williams@DignityHealth.org


Nurse Navigators

  • Acts as a liaison among caregivers and physicians

  • Offers guidance and advice

  • Helps navigate the variety of support services available to you

  • Helps coordinate appointments and treatments

  • Explains procedures and treatments

  • Is your compassionate, helping hand throughout your journey

For more information about the Nurse Navigation Program, call (916) 962-8892

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Sacramento-area cancer support groups

Support groups provide comfort, present information, teach coping skills, help reduce anxiety, and provide a place for people to share common concerns and emotional support.

Survivorship Navigation

An oncology nurse navigator is a professional registered nurse with oncology-specific clinical knowledge who offers individualized assistance to patients, families and caregivers to help address challenges and adapt to the “new normal” of life beyond cancer.

How to reach a cancer survivor Nurse Navigator:
Please call 916-734-5959 and ask to speak with a survivorship nurse or talk with your doctor or nurse about a referral to a survivorship nurse navigator.

Patient and Family Learning Center

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center maintains a range of services to assist patients and families including access to specialized health information, classes and on-line programs that address a variety of cancer related topics, and help accessing resources available through UC Davis Health and the larger community. 

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Survivorship
Your cancer journey will have ups and downs, and we want to support you with resources and tools for every stage. Our survivorship information will help you and your loved ones find ways to stay strong during and after your cancer treatment

Supportive Services
You can never have too much support along your cancer journey. Don’t hesitate to explore all the resources available and choose what is most helpful to you and your loved ones.

Cancer Support Groups

Join cancer survivors and their loved ones in a caring, supportive group to share experiences and find current information in an emotionally healing environment. Participants are in all stages of the disease process: diagnosis, surgical treatment, radiation treatment, chemotherapy, and hormonal therapy.

Roseville Cancer Support Group

Date: 2nd and 4th Thursday  |  Time: 3:30-5:00 pm
Location: 1600 Eureka Road, Roseville, CA 95661
Registration: (916) 474-2236

Program is open to the community.

 

Sacramento Cancer Support Group

Date: Every Monday  |  Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
Location: 3120 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 Conference Room A
Registration: 916-973-6846

Program is open to the community.

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Nurse Navigator Program

From the first day of your diagnosis through treatment and recovery, your Nurse Navigator can act as your personal guide through the overwhelming maze of information, appointments and emotions. They will provide one-on-one education and support while also serving as case manager, advocate and friend—all free of charge.

Cancer Classes and Events

Virtual/Online: Newly Diagnosed & Early Stage Cancer Support Group

Every Wednesday, 3:00-4:00 pm

All are welcome: You do not need to be a part of Sutter to attend. Call 707-521-7785 to sign up and to get the link and/or dial in number to join.

Virtual/Online: Family, Friends & Caregiver Cancer Support Group

Every Wednesday, 12:00-1:00 pm

All are welcome: You do not need to be a part of Sutter to attend. Call 707-521-7785 to sign up and to get the link and/or dial in number to join.

LGBTQ+ Cancer Support Group

3rd Thursday of every month, 12:00PM - 1:00PM.

For more information or to register for the group, please contact Lynn Hutton, LCSW at (916) 887-4196 or huttol@sutterhealth.org. Registration required prior to attendance.
 

Cancer Support Resources

The Sutter network offers virtual training, education and support for people undergoing treatment for cancer.

NATIONAL RESOURCES

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You are not alone. We are here with services and referrals to help you on your cancer journey. For support, contact our HelpLine at 1-800-298-2436 or email support@go2foundation.org. 

For general questions, call 202-463-2080. All our services are provided free of charge.

Virtual Lung Cancer Living Room

Every month the Lung Cancer Living Room, a patient education and support series, brings hope home to patients and their loved ones.

Live stream conversations with lung cancer physicians and specialists cover everything from early detection and treatment options to taboos and stigma. 

You can interact with fellow attendees in the chat function of the live program available on Facebook Live or YouTube Live.

*Subscribe to the YouTube channel by following this link and clicking the red “subscribe” button.

Phone Buddy Program

Peer-to-peer program linking lung cancer survivors.

To be matched:

 

GUIDES Program

Peer-to-peer program for caregivers whose loved one is at the end of life or has died.

To be matched:

Call our toll-free HelpLine at 1-800-298-2436 or email support@go2foundation.org and ask to be matched with a GUIDES volunteer.

National Lung Cancer Support Group by Telephone

  • Sentara Cancer Network Support Groups offers a support group over the phone. The group call is on the 2nd Tuesday of every month except July 10:00-11:00 am PST/ 1:00-2:00 pm EST. Please call Connie Bush, BSN, RN, Community Health Educator 757-827-2438 to sign up.

  • This group is open to current lung cancer survivors, their families, and friends to meet their unique needs. Assists patients in dealing with the diagnosis, treatment, and nutritional aspects.