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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 about 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 parent your children, while keeping a clean house and dinner on the table. Learn how our Survivorship Program can help.

Help for Survivors


One of the first STAR-certified survivorship programs in the country, the St. Francis Survivorship Program optimizes health during cancer treatment and recovery using therapies that increase energy, reduce pain, and strike the perfect balance of proper nutrition, exercise and spiritual care.


The program includes:

  • Physical and occupational therapy to improve mobility and increase endurance
  • Functional exercise programs to build strength, make daily tasks easier and boost energy levels
  • Aquatic and massage therapy to improve flexibility, relieve joint stiffness and pain, and improve overall mobility and range of motion
  • Scar tissue massage and help for post-surgical swelling
  • Speech-Language therapy to improve concentration and memory
  • Free yoga classes specifically designed for cancer survivors
  • Free monthly classes focused on healthy eating after cancer and managing weight
  • One-on-one sessions with registered dietitians to develop individualized diet plans that optimize health and energy levels
  • Individual counseling sessions with a psychologist or social worker


Access to support groups  

More than 50 St. Francis employees have been specially-trained by the STAR program. That means that nearly every department that survivors may interact with during their cancer journey likely has a specially trained staff member in it. Even non-medical staff, like social workers and billing specialists, are part of the STAR team.


We serve all survivors, whether they are beginning treatment, finished with treatment, or experiencing late effects or unresolved issues from past treatment. Our program is open to everyone no matter the prognosis, cancer stage or phase of recovery.


If you know someone who could benefit from the St. Francis Survivorship Program, please share this information with them.


Learn more about the Survivorship Program>>

Cancer Doesn't Care How Old You Are. We do. 

The new St. Francis Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Care Program is designed exclusively for those diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39.


While there is no good time in life to get cancer, teens and young adults have unique challenges that children and older adults do not experience. Cancer treatment can disrupt plans for graduation, derail career goals, and cause serious concerns about relationships, appearance, independence, health insurance, questions about future ability to have children, and social and emotional well-being.


While there is no shortage of AYA patients, there has been a shortage of programs tailored to them to ensure they receive the best possible care. The St. Francis AYA Cancer Care Program is focused on coordinating care and improving clinical trial access of AYA patients in the Upstate. Ours is the only program in South Carolina, and one of a few in the United States, exclusively dedicated to supporting adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer.


The program takes a team approach to coordinate care so that patients receive the best treatment protocols, are enrolled in groundbreaking clinical trials and ultimately improve quality of life while undergoing treatment. Our goal is to assure longer, healthier lives for young people with cancer.


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Learn more about the St. Francis AYA Cancer Care Program >>

Lose Weight, Gain Health


The HealThy Self Physician Guided Weight Loss program, valued at more than $900, is now offered at only $239 for the entire 12-week program!   


We provide a structured, 12-week Physician Guided Weight Loss and Medical Fitness programs to give you tailored plans that provide real results. The programs include educational sessions with registered dietitians and one-on-one time with athletic trainers to truly create a plan that works for you and your unique goals.



The program has proven results:


Average weight lost: 13.7 pounds.

Average inches lost: 17.4

Average decrease in BMI: 1.8

Average drop in heart rate: 6.7 beats per minute

Average drop in systolic blood pressure: 9.8 mmHg

Average drop in diastolic blood pressure: 5.7 mmHg


HealThy Self is conveniently located on the campus of ST. FRANCIS millennium, Suite 200, near I-85 and Laurens Road.


Join Today! Ready to make a healthy change in your life? For more program and rate information, call 864-400-3651.


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