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Deborah Mayer, PhD, ANP-BC, AOCN, FAAN, is the director of cancer survivorship for UNC Lineberger.

UNC Lineberger’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program offers a free wellness workshop to help adult cancer survivors transition from active treatment. Through Cancer Transitions, UNC Lineberger experts offer cancer survivors information and tips on nutrition, exercise, coping with stress and medical management.

The program aims to help with the emotional transition from active treatment into survivorship, and helps survivors make sense of what they’ve been through. Workshop leaders map out what happens after treatment ends.

Connecting to cancer survivors during the pandemic

The workshop has moved from meeting in person to a virtual format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The changes made to going online has allowed some people to participate who may not have otherwise due to distance,” said Deborah Mayer, PhD, ANP-BC, AOCN, FAAN, director of cancer survivorship for UNC Lineberger and the Frances Hill Fox Distinguished Professor in the UNC School of Nursing. “I hope more will take advantage of this virtual offering.”

Mayer said the workshop allows participants to connect with other survivors and to get their questions answered. “While we aren’t face to face physically, I am impressed with the ability of the participants to connect and share their stories,” she said.

Workshop attendees have ranged from cancer survivors just ending treatment to those five years out. A number of caregivers join the workshop as well. “Everyone gets to share their stories and offer their lessons learned with others,” Mayer said.

2021 Cancer Transitions workshops schedule announced

Upcoming Cancer Transitions workshops will be held online until further notice based on guidelines around COVID-19 restrictions. Workshops will be held on the dates below from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • January 23, 2021
  • March 20, 2021
  • May 22, 2021
  • July 17, 2021
  • September 18, 2021
  • November 13, 2021

Register to attend

Though the workshop is free, registration is required to attend a session, and you only need to register for one workshop. Workshops will be held virtually until further notice.

Please call the Patient & Family Resource Center at the N.C. Cancer Hospital at (984) 974-8100 with any questions.