New Website to Help Cancer Survivors Manage Health

Written By:Stacy Simon
Springboard Beyond Cancer logo on white background

The American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute have launched an easy-to-use website to help cancer survivors during and after cancer treatment.

Springboard Beyond Cancer provides survivors with online tools to manage side effects from cancer treatment, cope with stress, improve healthy behaviors, communicate better with their health care teams, and ask for support from family and friends.

“With Springboard Beyond Cancer, we want to empower cancer survivors by giving them the information they need to help identify issues, set goals, and create a plan to more smoothly navigate the cancer journey and take control of their health,” said Corinne Leach, MPH, MS, PhD, a behavioral scientist and strategic director in the Behavioral Research Center at the American Cancer Society.

More than 15.5 million Americans with a history of cancer were alive as of January 2016 and that number is expected to grow to more than 20 million by 2026. The increasing number of survivors is due in part to advances in early detection and treatment of cancer. It’s also due partly to a growing and aging population.

Springboard Beyond Cancer lists dozens of common symptoms and side effects from cancer treatment – such as fatigue, hair loss, and anxiety – and offers advice and resources for dealing with them. Visitors to the site can download “cards” that summarize each topic. Additional topics include getting more exercise, quitting smoking, and other ways to develop a healthier lifestyle. They also include practical advice about talking to family and friends – including children – about your cancer, questions to ask your doctor and health care team, and understanding your rights in the workplace.

“We hope that Springboard Beyond Cancer, along with the close collaboration of their medical team, can help cancer survivors reduce their disease burden and improve their overall wellbeing,” said Erik Augustson, Ph.D., M.P.H., program director at the National Cancer Institute.

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