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Local Support Groups
Beginning Yoga for Cancer Survivors

9:00 am
ST. FRANCIS millennium

Beginning Yoga for Cancer Survivors
10:30 am
ST. FRANCIS millennium

Young at Heart
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Taylors First Baptist Church (Family Life Center Room F113)

Survive and Thrive - General Cancer Support Group
11:30 am
Cancer Society of Greenville County

Survive and Thrive - Breast Cancer
12:00 pm
Cancer Society of Greenville County

Uplift Support Group
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church

Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group
7:00 pm
Southside Fellowship Baptist Church

Look Good, Feel Better
1:00 - 3:00 pm
ST. FRANCIS eastside Classroom 201

Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma Support Group
5:30 pm
(call 864-675-4656 for location)

Oncology and Nutrition
9:30 - 10:30 am
ST. FRANCIS downtown

Local Resources for Prosthesis & Wigs
American Cancer Society
154 Milestone Way
Sara Ann's Undercover World
477 Haywood Road
Second to Nature
621 E. Main Street
Easley, SC

2102 Laurens Road
If you need additional information regarding any of our resources, please contact the Oncology Rehab Navigator at 675-4656 ext. 1.    

Welcome to the first Survivorship Connection newsletter. We look forward to providing you with monthly information to give you the tools and information for the survivorship journey. Please continue reading to learn more:


is STAR-Certified 

When you're fighting cancer, there is no shortage of information on the disease process, treatment options, side effects and clinical outcomes. What is harder to find is information on how to hold down a full-time job while undergoing treatment. How to handle the intense fatigue that settles over you. How to find energy to play with your children, while keeping a clean house and dinner on the table. Fighting cancer is hard work. It can take a toll on your body and your spirit.

The St. Francis Survivorship Program
can help. One of the first STAR-certified survivorship programs in the country, this program optimizes your health during cancer treatment and recovery through therapies that increase energy, reduce pain, and strike the perfect balance of proper nutrition, exercise and spiritual care. We provide our patients with the most comprehensive rehabilitation care available and most of our services are reimbursable by health insurance providers. Having access to world-class care, without added medical costs, allows you to get your life back on track.

Who is a "Cancer Survivor"
Our Survivorship Program reflects the philosophy at St. Francis that there are three distinct phases of care for every cancer patient: diagnosis, medical treatment, and survivorship. Survivorship is a critical and distinct phase that begins at diagnosis.

The term "cancer survivor" includes anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis through the rest of his or her life. Family members, friends and caregivers are also apart of the survivorship experience.

There are more than 10 million people in the US today who are cancer survivors. Each persons experience with cancer is different and the feelings, emotions and fears that you have are unique. The values you grow up with may affect how you think about and deal with cancer. Some people feel they may have to be strong and protect their family and friends. Others seek support from loved ones or other cancer survivors or turn to their faith to help them cope. Some seek help from counselors and others outside the family, while others don't feel comfortable with this approach. Whatever you decide, its important to do what's right for you.

Bringing Awareness to Lung Cancer

November is Lung Cancer Awareness month and St. Francis is dedicated to raising awareness and educating others on the seriousness of this invisible disease. Lung cancer can affect anyone - mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, neighbors and friends, all whose lives have been forever altered. Lung cancer is one of the easiest cancers to prevent because most lung cancer is caused by smoking, which is why it is important to stop smoking (or to stop being around others that smoke). However, not all smokers get lung cancer and not all lung cancer patients are smokers. The good news is that there are more than 400,000 lung cancer survivors in the United States today!

Karis Sadie, RN, BSN is the new Lung Navigator at St. Francis and is the point of contact for every newly diagnosed lung cancer patient. She is a consistent point of contact for questions, offering education and emotional support to ensure our patients know all of their options and understand exactly what to expect during their treatment. She will facilitate each patients plan of care to make certain that they have the appointments and services they need, and will put you in touch with people who understand and know how to help. For more information on Lung Cancer, please click here.

November is Awareness Month for Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Stomach Cancer, and is also National Caregiver Month.

Message of Hope

"A positive attitude will go a long way! Keep God first and believe all things are possible."

Stephanie Williams
Breast Cancer Survivor