Free series open to cancer survivors

The Salem Health Cancer Institute and NorthWest Senior & Disability Services will offer a free series to help cancer survivors lead active and fulfilling lives, starting Feb. 1.

Thriving and Surviving Cancer, a six-week course developed at Stanford University, is open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis who has completed their first series of treatments. Classes are led by two experts; one of whom is either a cancer survivor, or has been a caregiver of a survivor.

Leaders are NWSDS’s health educator Lavinia Goto, RN, and dietitian Roberta Lippert.

Participants receive the book Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, 4th Edition, and the relaxation CD Relaxation for Mind and Body. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support builds confidence in living a healthier life.

The series does not conflict with existing programs or treatments. It enhances regular treatment because participants develop skills to manage their health. 

WHEN: Wednesdays, Feb. 1 through March 8, from 5:15 to 7:45 p.m., including a light meal.

WHERE: Salem Health, Building A, 939 Oak St. SE, 7th floor conference room. Park in visitor structure.

Learn how to:

  • Make decisions about treatment and complementary therapies
  • Exercise appropriately to regain and maintain endurance and flexibility
  • Handle frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation, poor sleep and living with uncertainty
  • Communicate well with family, friends and health professionals
  • Eat for nutrition
  • Set priorities and foster supportive relationships

Space is limited; call Elaine to register at 503-967-1834 or email   

NorthWest Senior & Disability Services is a local intergovernmental agency serving seniors and people with disabilities in Clatsop, Marion, Polk, Tillamook, and Yamhill Counties. Contact them at 1-866-206-4799 or

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