Define your “new normal” with help from Cancer Transitions

To call cancer “life-changing” is an enormous understatement. Eventually, though, after months of what is typically challenging treatment, most cancer survivors are ready to return to a normal  life.

For many survivors, however, making the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care isn’t easy. Cancer Transitions™, a new and entirely free six-week workshop offered at St.Vincent Cancer Care, is designed to empower survivors with the knowledge and support to become active and ultimately successful participants in their long-term survivorship.

Dwayne Kniola, MSW, LCSW, an National Cancer Institute Project Coordinator at St.Vincent Cancer Care and one of the featured speakers at the workshop, notes that many cancer survivors face what they describe as a “new normal.” It can be daunting at first, he said.

“But the great thing is, participants in this program will immediately realize they aren’t alone,” Kniola said. “They’ll learn that others are experiencing similar feelings and adjustments to survivorship. They will begin to feel support and empowerment as they take more control over nutritional choices, physical exercise, and their emotions.”

Cancer Transitions™ is a free 2 1/2 hour, six week workshop that provides survivors with both support and answers to their questions about life after cancer treatment. If you or someone you know is interested in registering for this free workshop, call Dwayne Kniola at (317) 338-3067, or email him at today. You must register to attend.

For more information about the content of the workshop, see below:

What: Cancer Transitions
Who: Adult survivors, 21 years of age or older, with any cancer diagnosis, who have completed active treatment within the past 0 – 24 months
Date: Thursdays, July 12 to August 16, 2012.
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Physicians Medical Plaza, 8550 Naab Road – 2nd floor conference room by Woman’s Boutique

Featured speakers:

Karen Randall, RD, CSO
Registered Dietician

Melissa Andres, BSN, RN, OCN, CBPN-C
Breast Cancer Patient Navigator

Melissa Barnes, PT
Physical Therapist

Dwayne Kniola, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Survivorship Program Coordinator

Session schedule:

Session 1: Get Back to Wellness: Take Control of Your Survivorship
Session 2: Exercise for Wellness: Customized Exercise
Session 3: Emotional Health and Well-Being: From Patient to Survivor
Session 4: Nutrition Beyond Cancer
Session 5: Medical Management Beyond Cancer: What You Need to Know
Session 6: Life Beyond Cancer

To register or for questions, call Dwayne Kniola at (317) 338-3067 or email

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