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August 31, 2011

Simmons Cancer Institute Class to Discuss Transition to ‘Survivor’

Cancer patients who have completed active anti-cancer treatment within the past two years are invited to a new six-week course, “Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment™” that includes topics in nutrition, exercise, and emotional wellness. 

The course will be offered from 5:30 – 8 p.m. on Thursday nights beginning September 29 at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University, 315 W. Carpenter St., Springfield.  The class schedule and topics are: September 29 – Get Back to Wellness: Take Control of Your Survivorship; October 13 – Exercise for Wellness: Customized Exercise; October 20 – Emotional Health and Well-Being: From Patient to Survivor; October 27 – Nutrition Beyond Cancer; November 10 – Medical Management Beyond Cancer: What You Need to Know; November 17 – Life Beyond Cancer; and December 15 – Booster Class.

The program is open to:

Individuals must provide a signed release or similar approval from their physician to participate in the exercise activities.  Call 217-545-0798 weekdays or to register for the free program.  

Developed in 2006 by the Cancer Support Community and LIVESTRONG, the course is an evidence-based program to support and empower cancer survivors as they transition from active treatment to post-treatment.

The mission of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer care needs through education, research, patient care and community service.  Its website is