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Sanford Center for Aging Cancer Thriving and Surviving Workshops

Submitted by admin on Tue, 03/26/2019 - 14:57

This workshpo was developed by Stanford University in order to help participants develop the skills to overcome barriers to health and learn ways to successfully manage their care. The Thriving and Surviving workshop is designed for individuals diagnosed with cancer to help them develop the tools to live a healthy and full life. 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.

Thriving and Surviving Workshop topics and skills include:

  • Better communication with family, friends, co-workers and providers
  • Managing emotions and relationships
  • Managing fatigue
  • Effects of treatment
  • Healthy eating
  • Creating a physical activity program
  • Managing stress
  • Working with healthcare providers
  • Cancer and relationships
  • Deep breathing techniques
  • Living with uncertainty
  • Considerations for integrating complementary therapies

After taking this workshop participants have reported significant changes in:

  • Insomnia
  • Exercise
  • Fatigue
  • Visits to physicians
  • Communication with physicians
  • Depression

Thriving and Surviving workshops meet once a week for 7 consecutive weeks, for two and a half hours. Each workshop is facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are cancer survivors or caregivers of cancer survivors. Each workshop is interactive. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

To see the upcoming Thriving and Surviving Workshop, visit

Class size is limited and registration is required. You can register online ( or by calling (775) 784-1583. 

Center for Molecular Medicine building, room 163 at the University of Nevada, Reno. 
Reno NV, 89557