Cancer: Thriving & Surviving Self-Management Program
The Cancer: Surviving and Thriving Self-Management Program is a six-week workshop that helps people who are cancer survivors to better manage their health and daily lives. Introduced in May 2016, the workshop gives participants the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health as well as to help them keep active in their lives and relationships.
For an overview of the Cancer: Thriving & Surviving Self-Management Program, click here.

Who can attend?
Adults living with and/or have been affected by cancer (e.g., family, friends and/or caregivers) can attend. Participants must be able to function in a group setting.

What does it cost to attend?
It is FREE to participants, and participants receive the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions course book. Participants must pre-register for the program and are encouraged to attend all six sessions.

What happens in the workshop?
Workshop groups meet once a week for 2.5 hours, over six weeks. There are ten to sixteen participants in each workshop. In the workshop, participants will learn about:
  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, poor sleep and living with uncertainty
  • Setting Priorities
  • Relationships
  • Nutrition
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
  • Making decisions about treatment and complementary therapies
  • Relationships
  • Appropriate exercise for regaining and maintaining flexibility and endurance

Participants take an active role in the workshop by setting weekly goals and providing feedback on how they managed.

Who leads the workshops?
The workshop is led by two leaders who have taken special training. The leaders are volunteers, many of whom are cancer survivors.

Who developed the program?
The Cancer: Thriving & Surviving Self-Management Program is a licensed program developed and researched at Stanford University. It follows a standardized format that is proven to help people learn to better manage symptoms. It is considered a best practice program in self-management.

What participants are saying about the program:
The people start to interact and ask questions of each other, giving each other tips on how and where to find answers to their questions. They don’t want the workshop to end.
How do I get involved?
Click here to find a workshop in your area.