The Living Well After Cancer™ Program
The University of Pennsylvania's Program for Cancer Survivors
The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania is committed to helping each cancer survivor find ways to enjoy life to the fullest. We have a nationally recognized program that focuses on the issues that survivors face, called "Living Well After Cancer™."
The LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence, The Living Well After Cancer Program (LWAC) at the Abramson Cancer Center, directed by Linda A. Jacobs, PhD, RN, is a clinical, research, and education effort focused on early intervention and prevention of disease as the ultimate goal. The multidisciplinary LWAC Program currently provides care and research opportunities to cancer survivors treated at Penn, the Penn Cancer Network hospitals, and through the Living Well After Childhood Cancer™ Program, a collaborative effort between Penn and CHOP.
The LWAC Program was initially funded by a seed grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 2001. In 2007 the ACC was awarded designation as a Survivorship Center of Excellence and invited to join the LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence Network, a group of eight comprehensive Cancer Centers that have been chosen over the last few years to lead the effort across the country in clinical care and research with cancer survivors of all ages.
Thanks to the funding and collaborative opportunities provided by LWAC Program's designation as a LIVESTRONG™Survivorship Center of Excellence, the Penn Program has begun three exciting initiatives:
We work with your primary oncologist or primary care doctor and focus on medical, personal, social, and economic concerns as well as strategies for maintaining long-term health and well-being.
You will complete a questionnaire and tell us about any symptoms you are experiencing that can help to identify some of the potential late effects of your cancer treatment.
These questions will help to identify:
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Battling Cancer While Pregnant
Jeanie, an 8th grade Spanish teacher at Spring Ford Eighth Grade Center, and her husband Phil, a senior manager at Vanguard, absolutely love their jobs and had been happily married for 14 years.
After almost 12 years of trying to have children, they were thrilled to find out that Jeanie was pregnant. We couldn't believe it!" says Jeanie. "And then to find out we were having twins girls was the biggest blessing we could have asked for. My heart was melting."
But at only 15 weeks, fear and shock set in when Jeanie felt a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with stage II invasive breast cancer. "We are going to approach this head on. I just kept thinking about my girls, and how I wanted to get through this, and so I went to see the best," says Jeanie.