Hi everyone, I am an educator and manager of the Cancer Education Program at Mayo Clinic. We are just in the process of designing a Virtual Cancer Survivor Series to be posted on this site – hopeful to have this later in the year. I would love your feedback on the model and ideas.
This program would allow cancer patients to access online from anywhere with a virtual online survivorship series. The program will offer the patient, family and friends the opportunity to renew, reflect, and gain support while on their individual journey after cancer treatment is completed.
The series will focus on key areas to enhance individual’s health and the opportunity to develop an individualized self-care plan from a holistic perspective while utilizing autonomy. Through this program we strive for participants to learn powerful ways to optimize their body’s healing potential (mind-body-spirit) while honoring their own healing journey after a cancer diagnosis.
This is what we have outlined for the first three sessions – we plan to add on to this for phase II.
Session 1: Transitions After Treatment Ends
• Managing short-term side effects
• Reconnecting with family and friends
• Returning to work
• Creating a new life routine
Media: Short video, links to key resources and group discussion
Session 2: Emotions: Mind + Body Connection
• Fear of recurrence
• PTSD and cancer
• Reconnecting with your partner
• Stress relief and mind-body connection
Media: Short video, links to resources and group discussion
Session 3: Healthy Nutrition + Eating Habits
• Survivorship nutrition focus
• My Plate, Mediterranean and plant-based diets
• Meal planning
Media: Short Slide deck, links to resources, meal planning ideas and a place to share recipes. Introduce wellness coaching concepts.