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Summary: Springboard Beyond Cancer helps empower cancer survivors to play a key role in managing their own health.
How do you go on with life after you’ve been diagnosed with cancer? Do you just survive day by day—or do you live, really live? How do you set goals? How do you assert your role in managing your health care? A new web tool is helping cancer survivors take control of their life and health during and after treatment to reduce the impact of cancer and live well.
NIH’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have collaborated to develop a free, mobile-friendly web tool, Springboard Beyond Cancer, to help empower cancer survivors to play a key role in managing their own health. The tool makes it easy for those in treatment and post-treatment to access essential information to help them manage ongoing cancer-related symptoms, deal with stress, improve healthy behaviors, communicate better with their health care team, and seek support from friends and family. Springboard Beyond Cancer also offers cancer survivors a platform to talk about their experiences and provide tips to those who are dealing with the same cancer treatments.
One of Springboard’s key resources is the Action Deck, an interactive collection of information to give people flexibility in tailoring symptoms and healthy lifestyle topics to fit their health needs and self-management priorities. This personalized information will help survivors stay on track with their goals and interact effectively with their health care providers. Individuals can build their own Action Deck or choose from a library of pre-selected topics.
“We don’t want to just provide resources. We want people to do something; to use it. We want to empower people to proactively take care of their health,” said Meredith Grady, a public health adviser who co-leads the NCI initiative with Dr. Erik Augustson, a program director at NCI.
“Your health care team is there to help you, but you are the expert of your own health,” said Corrine Leach, strategic director in the Behavioral Research Center at the ACS.
Every survivor will have a unique experience during and after treatment, but one thing is consistent: A network to support you in that journey is key. These are some of the stories that cancer survivors have shared:
Visit Springboard Beyond Cancer and check out the online and social media resources available as part of this new tool to engage cancer survivors as active partners with their health care team in managing the impact of cancer on their lives.
Post your stories of living beyond cancer to Pinterest using the hashtag #BeyondCancer, and your pin may be featured on Springboard’s community board.
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