Cancer Transitions® Research

Evidence Based Research and the Cancer Transitions® Program make positive and long lasting changes in the lives of cancer survivors.

As part of the pilot phase of Cancer Transitions®, Cancer Support Community conducted an evaluation research study to measure whether a 6-week program focusing on education, emotional support and healthy lifestyles would show improvement in physical health and mental health. Program participants volunteered to take part in this evaluation study. The study was conducted at five Cancer Support Community's both in phase 1 and phase 2. 

Results from the pilot study are encouraging. Data shows that program participants experienced positive changes following the 6 week intervention in health-related quality of life and lifestyle change. These changes were still measurable 3 to 6 months after participants completed the program. Survivors felt a significant decrease in health worry as well as a significant increase in quality of life around physical, mental and social functioning. Participants also increased physical activity and improved fat- and fiber-related dietary habits. 

The data from the study have been presented at numerous meetings in 2007, 2008, and 2009, including the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS), the Society for Behavioral Medicine (SBM), the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS), and the NCI Biannual Survivorship Conference. The poster presentation was awarded a blue ribbon at the APOS meeting. 

There is also growing a demand globally for the Cancer Transitions® program. Cancer Support Community has worked with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the British Columbia Cancer Agency to pilot Cancer Transitions® throughout Canada. In addition, Cancer Support Community is working with Maggie’s Centres throughout the United Kingdom to offer Cancer Transitions®. 


The abstracts from these professional meetings are available below.

APOS 2010 Symposium Abstracts
Dissemination of a community-based program to enhance the transition from active cancer treatment to life post-treatment:  Perspectives on the Community-Initiated Research Collaboration.

Society of Behavioral Medicine 2008 Abstract
There is an urgent need for research and programming to support an active lifestyle and healthy eating among cancer survivors particularly after they complete treatment and leave the support of the cancer care system. 

OCS ACS Biennial 2010
Predictors of change in health-related quality of life and physical activity following an evidence-based community program for post-treatment cancer survivors.

Impact of the Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment program on health-related quality of life and lifestyle change
Presented at the 11th IPOS World Conference, Vienna, Austria, June 2009. Authored by MF Miller, M Golant, J Taylor, I Ahmed, J Buzaglo, H Justice, C Neal, The Wellness Community, LIVESTRONG Foundation.


Impact of Live Well! Life Beyond Cancer on health-related quality of life and lifestyle change among cancer survivors
Presented at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), April 2009. Authored by MF Miller, M Golant, J Taylor, I Ahmed, H Justice, C Neal, LIVESTRONG Foundation, The Wellness Community.


Impact of the LiveWell! Life Beyond Cancer program on health-related quality of life among breast cancer survivors
Presented at the 6th Annual American Psychosocial Society (APOS) Conference, February 2009. Authored by MF Miller, M Golant, J Taylor, I Ahmed, J Buzaglo, H Justice, C Neal, LIVESTRONG Foundation, The Wellness Community.


Change in Physical Activity is Positively Associated with Change in Health-Related Quality of Life among Post-Treatment Cancer Survivors who Participated in the LiveWell! Life Beyond Cancer Program
This poster was presented at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Biannual Survivorship Conference in 2008. Authored by Miller MF, Golant M, Itani Z, Taylor J, Justice H, Neal C, Coyne K, Crawford B, Eilers A, Kleinbaum J, Ware D, The Wellness Community, LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Impact of the Live Well! Life Beyond Cancer program on health-related quality of life among cancer survivors
Presented at the 5th Annual American Psychosocial Society (APOS) Conference, February 2008. Authored by Miller MF, Golant M, Itani Z, Taylor J, Justice H, Neal C, Coyne K, Crawford B, Eilers A, Kleinbaum J, Ware D. The Wellness Community, LIVESTRONG Foundation.

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