The Cancer Thriving and Surviving (CTS) Programme is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are cancer survivors themselves or who are affected by someone who lives with cancer.
The workshops are run by the Health Board’s Self Care Office which consists of Senior Self Care Office Co-ordinator Michelle Rigby, Self Care Office Co-ordinator Elois Davis and Self Care Office Assistants Carys Thomas and Sheryl Todd, backed up by a small, skilled team of volunteer tutors.
Subjects covered include:
- techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation, poor sleep and living with uncertainty
- appropriate exercise for regaining and maintaining flexibility, and endurance
- making decisions about treatment and complementary therapies
- communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
- setting priorities
Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions (loan period for the 6 weeks), and a relaxation CD, Relaxation for Mind and Body.
It is the process in which the programme is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.
Does the Program replace existing programmes and treatments?
The programme will not conflict with existing programmes or treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment. The programme gives participants the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives and relationships.
How was the Programme developed and evaluated?
The Cancer: Thriving and Surviving (CTS) Workshop was originally adapted from the Chronic Disease Self – Management Programme (CDSMP), at the Macmillan Cancer Support Trust in the United Kingdom. It was tested for effectiveness in the UK and in the USA.
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