WV Lung Cancer Survivorship Program: Caring Across the Cancer Continuum
The WVU Cancer Institute’s Program, “Bridge to Good Living: Thriving beyond Lung Cancer,” is designed to provide interdisciplinary, patient-centered survivor care services to all lung cancer patients who complete active treatment. This program includes:
- Monitoring and managing physical and psychosocial symptoms,
- Health promotion counseling,
- Smoking cessation
- Stress reduction
- Diet and exercise
- Surveillance for cancer recurrence,
- Development of treatment summary and care plans,
- Navigation to community-based resources, and
- Educating providers to improve the care delivered to lung cancer patients across the continuum of care.
The WVU Cancer Institute was awarded a grant to begin a two-year program focused on lung cancer survivorship in late 2016. At a White House event, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation announced new partnerships with the WVU Cancer Institute and three additional partners to develop, implement, and evaluate an innovative model of comprehensive, coordinated care to better meet the needs of lung cancer survivors and their caregivers.
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation has committed funding to former Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative to address healthcare disparities in cancer care and support.
“This is an exciting opportunity for the WVU Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine to thoroughly address the issues that encompass all aspects of lung cancer survivors’ lives – physical, psychological, economic, and social,” Stephenie Kennedy, EdD, director of the WVU Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention and Control program and principal investigator for the program, said. “When you combine this program with the recent funding received to promote lung cancer screening, we now have initiatives on both ends of the cancer continuum – prevention and survivorship – to complement an already robust line of treatment services.”
Kennedy is partnering with co-investigators, Patrick Ma, M.D., associate professor and Eminent Scholar in Lung Cancer Research, and Anne Swisher, Ph.D., professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, to institute the program.
Bridge to Good Living: Thriving beyond Lung Cancer Program Model
Model of Survivorship Clinic