URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center is looking for cancer survivors willing to help the hospital develop a cancer survivorship program in the local community.
Cancer survivors willing to participate are invited to attend an open forum set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in Covenant's Auditorium B.
Those attending will be asked to talk about the issues they face during and after treatment that are important to them.
Tom Schumacher, health ministries coordinator, said the goal is to develop a program that will serve as a support network for cancer survivors that will include meetings, discussions, seminars and presentations.
Cancer survivorship deals with improving the quality of life for both those who have been through treatments and those still undergoing treatment, he said.
Some issues that have surfaced in other survivorship groups are fear about cancer returning, stress, memory and concentration changes, exercise, weight changes, family issues, communicating with the medical team and volunteer opportunities, he added.
The focus will be on addressing those things that will help survivors move forward, Schumacher said.
For more information, call 337-2022.