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10 Cities to Participate in Live Well! Life Beyond Cancer Program Sponsored by The Wellness Community and the Lance Armstrong Foundation
Date:12/6/2007

Program Helps Cancer Survivors Make Transition from Treatment to

Post-Treatment

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten cities will participate in a new program developed by The Wellness Community (TWC) and the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care. According to a 2007 Institute of Medicine report, the 10.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S. face a heavy physical and psychological burden as they transition from cancer patient to survivor. This new program, Live Well! Life Beyond Cancer, will be launched in January 2008 to help fill the gap between cancer treatment and life following cancer.

"The Live Well! Life Beyond Cancer program provides cancer survivors with the information, skills and tools to address exercise, nutrition, emotional health, quality of life and medical management after treatment ends," said Mitch Golant, PhD, senior vice president of The Wellness Community. "Together with the Lance Armstrong Foundation, we are poised to develop a state-of-the-art, evidence-based survivorship program that helps fill the gap between cancer treatment and life beyond cancer."

Live Well! Life Beyond Cancer will be offered in 10 cities across the United States. There is no charge to workshop participants, who will meet for two and one-half hours once a week for six weeks. The program will be held in:

-- Wilmington, DE

-- Walnut Creek, CA

-- Salisbury, MD

-- Indianapolis, IN

-- Redondo Beach, CA

-- Knoxville, TN

-- Bedminster, NJ

-- Westlake Village, CA

-- Miami, FL

-- Phoenix, AZ

Expert panelists at the six sessions such as physicians, nutritionists and fitness experts will discuss various topics including:

-- Exercise after treatment

-- Specialized nutrition for people after cancer treatment

-- The need for continued emotional and social support

-- Medical effects of cancer treatment and long-term medical management.

"In order to improve the quality of life of people affected by cancer, it is essential to provide effective and appropriate patient care across the cancer continuum," said Andy Miller, vice president of programs and policy for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. "The Wellness Community is an ideal partner for this program. They have a proven track record of implementing evidenced- based programs that are relevant to the needs of communities and highly beneficial for cancer survivors."

For more information about the programs in the specific cities, log onto http://www.thewellnesscommunity.org.

About The Wellness Community

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in June 2007, The Wellness Community is an international organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Through participation in free professionally-led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and stress reduction classes, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of the stage of their disease. The Wellness Community provides support, education and hope for people affected by cancer at more than 100 locations worldwide including 24 U.S.-based and two international centers with 73 satellite and off-site programs and online at http://www.thewellnesscommunity.org.

About the Lance Armstrong Foundation

The Lance Armstrong Foundation inspires and empowers people affected by cancer. The LAF believes that unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. The national foundation provides the practical information and tools people with cancer need to live life on their own terms. The LAF takes aim at the gaps between what is known and what is done to prevent suffering and death due to cancer. The group unites people to fight cancer and pursue an agenda focused on prevention, access to screening and care, improvement of the quality of life for cancer survivors, and investment in research. Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the LAF is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Austin, Texas.


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