Survivorship Program at Celilo Cancer Center

Living Beyond Cancer: Finding a New Balance

“For nearly 10 million Americans now living with a cancer history, life after cancer means finding a new balance – – one that celebrates triumph and relief of completing treatment, recognizes changes or losses the disease has wrought, and assimilates revised perspectives, new found strengths, and lingering uncertainties. Typically, few signposts exist to guide these highly personal journeys into a familiar but forever changed world.”

Living Beyond Cancer: Finding a New BalancePresident’s Cancer Panel, 2003-2004

Finding a New Normal…

Three out of four families will have at least one family member who is diagnosed with cancer and is a cancer survivor. A survivor is anyone living with a history of cancer from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. Healthy survival is not just about surviving; it is also about thriving and living well.shutterstock_146040215

The Celilo survivorship project is about helping patients live well through the physical, emotional and practical challenges of finding a new normal. Other topics include joyful living, meeting the spiritual challenges of post-treatment, coping with fear of recurrence, improving body image and personal confidence, and re-establishing/establishing intimate relationships.

At Celilo, patient navigators, social workers, nurses and other health professionals educate and support survivors with their personal journeys. Cancer survivors have an opportunity to meet individually with a resource guide and/or social worker for an assessment of needs as they transition from active treatment to post-treatment. Survivors are linked with community support services and integrative therapies available at MCMC supporting a healthy lifestyle and cancer risk reduction.

As patients improve their understanding of disease management and follow-up care, it is hoped that remission improvement and cure potential will be advanced. Further, it is hoped that effective guidance and survivor coaching will lead to improved coping and improved quality of life.

For more information, contact or Jessica Vincenzo, LCSW, Celilo social worker, (541) 506-6927.

Survivor Stories

“They treat you like a person, not just a patient. When you are worrying about having cancer, you need people around you who are going to give you the best support possible. These are those people.”

Click here to read Misty’s story.

Misty Martin
Misty MartinCancer Survivor and Celilo Cancer Center patient

“I had the best care. It couldn’t have been better. I felt like I was their only patient.”

Click here to read TJ’s story.

TJ Miles
TJ MilesCancer Survivor and Celilo Cancer Center patient

“All the fear I had at first went away soon because everyone was so positive and supportive. No one ever told me Don’t do this or Don’t do that. They never told me my life was going to be changing completely. They just encouraged me to go ahead and do the things that were important to me.”

Click here to read Nadine’s story.

Nadine Brack
Nadine BrackCancer Survivor and Celilo Cancer Center patient

“They’ve really treated me well. It’s been everything you could want.”

Click here to read Dale’s story.

Dale Harris
Dale HarrisCancer Survivor and Celilo Cancer Center patient

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