Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Program

The Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Program was developed by the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center for people with cancer and cancer survivors.

Research studies show that with recent improvements in early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, people with cancer are living longer. Their cancer may be managed as a chronic illness, which places new demands on patients and families to manage their own care.


Significant progress has been made in helping patients manage the symptoms associated with cancer during the treatment phase of the cancer-care continuum. Self-management interventions have been part of this progress, including interventions that have focused on self-management of physical symptoms and psychosocial distress.  Learn more.

The Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Program is taught by trained community health educators for 2.5 hours a week in community-based centers. The six-week program provides participants with:

  1. Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep.
  2. Appropriate exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance.
  3. Appropriate use of medications.
  4. Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals.
  5. Nutrition.
  6. Pacing activity and rest.
  7. How to evaluate new treatments.

For more information on The Cancer: Thriving and Surviving program, visit Patient Education.