Does the Program replace existing programs and treatments?
The program will not conflict with existing programs or treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment. The program 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 Program developed and evaluated?
The Cancer: Thriving and Surviving (CTS) Workshop was originally adapted from the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), at the Macmillan Cancer Support Trust in the United Kingdom. It was tested for effectiveness in the UK and in the USA. The primary developers of the current program are Kate Lorig, DrPH, and Diana Laurent, MPH, at Stanford, and Richard (Rick) Seidel, PhD, LCP, at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
How can my facility offer the Program?
Web-based cross-training is available through SMRC for those already trained in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). Because the program shares many of the basic techniques with the CDSMP, those new to our self-management programs must take in-person training for the CDSMP before being cross-trained in the CTS program. Training locations, dates and application can be found in the "Training" section of this website.
Outcome data reported in (more citations in Bibliography):
Risendal BC, Dwyer A, Lorig K, Coombs L, Kellar-Guenther Y, Warren L, Franco A, Ory MG. Adaptation of the chronic disease self-management program for cancer survivors: feasibility, acceptability, and lessons for implementation. J Cancer Educ. 2014 Dec;29(4):762-71. doi:
Risendal BC, Dwyer A, Seidel RW, Lorig K, Coombs L, Ory MG. Meeting the challenge of cancer survivorship in public health: results from the evaluation of the chronic disease self-management program for cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology. 2015 Apr 10 (ePub). doi: 10.1002/pon.3783