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Survivorship

Stay active and healthy during and after cancer treatment.

Life After Cancer

Accompanying you through the treatment of cancer is only part of the journey we’ll take together. Cancer survivorship can be a complex time of transition, change and adjustment, and you might be wondering what comes next. As you adapt to the life and routines you had prior to your diagnosis, we are here to care for you, providing physical and emotional support every step of the way. In addition to scheduled follow-up appointments, we can assist with:

  • Managing symptoms and body changes
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Therapy
  • Social Connectedness
  • Caregiver support
  • Screening for and treating potential reoccurrence of the disease
  • Managing long-term complications of cancer treatment
  • Integrative medicine
  • Onsite palliative care
  • Dedicated cancer navigators
  • Participation in clinical trials

Cancer Survivorship Programs

Survivorship Program

Our survivorship program team helps to determine the services and programs offered through ThedaCare and throughout the community that will help to address the unique needs of each cancer survivor. The survivorship care plan is communicated to the survivor and their family members after treatment is completed and provides a detailed record of cancer treatment history to help them coordinate future care. The plan is frequently revisited and adjusted as necessary to address changing needs of the survivor, and typically includes:

  • Type, location, stage and treatments of your cancer
  • Side effects or symptoms to watch for
  • Contact information for your care team
  • Resources for making healthy lifestyle changes
  • Sources of support

LiveSTRONG Program

As a cancer survivor, you know the tremendous toll the disease and its treatment can take on your spirit, mind and body. In partnership with the Fox Cities YMCA, the 12-week LiveSTRONG program helps cancer survivors continue to heal and reclaim their health by way of building muscle mass and strength, increasing flexibility and endurance, and improving confidence and self-esteem. Instructors guide participants through physical activity sessions to help them achieve personal wellness goals. 

For more information, please contact Kristina Schultz at kschultz@ymcafoxcities.org.

Cancer Care Support Groups

HOPE

A support group for all cancer types.

When: 2nd Thursday of each month, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM. 
Where: Encircle Health – Appleton, 1st Floor Conference Room
Contact: Lisa Wright, RN at 920.364.3600

Due to COVID-19, this group is currently meeting via ZOOM.

You are Not Alone

A support group designed for women surviving breast cancer.

When: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM.
Where: ThedaCare Regional Cancer Care – Appleton
Contact: Morgan Gonnering, SW at 920.364.3600

Due to COVID-19, this group is currently ON HOLD.

Ovarian Cancer Support Group

A support group for women surviving ovarian cancer.

When: 3rd Thursday of the month, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM.
Where: ThedaCare Regional Cancer Care – Appleton
Contact: Brittany Quintel, SW at 920.364.3600

Due to COVID-19, this group is currently meeting via ZOOM.

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

A skin care group for women going through cancer treatment.

When: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Where: ThedaCare Regional Cancer Care – Appleton
Contact: Lisa Kellnhauser at 920.364.3600 (Please include your name and phone number with message)

Due to COVID-19, this service is currently available by individual appointment only.

SPOHNC (Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer)

Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer, Inc. (SPOHNC), is a patient-directed self-help organization dedicated to meeting the emotional, physical and humanistic needs of oral and head and neck cancer patients and their caregivers. SPOHNC offers information, support and encouragement to newly diagnosed patients, survivors, family members and friends in a friendly and non-threatening forum.

When: 4th Tuesday of the month, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM.
Where: ThedaCare Regional Cancer Care – Appleton
Contact: Karen Effenheim, RD at 920.364.3807 or

When: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.
Where: ThedaCare Regional Cancer Care – Appleton
Contact: Registered Dietitian at 920.364.3807

Due to COVID-19, this group is currently ON HOLD but sending monthly emails.

Plant Strong – Nutrition for Cancer Survivors

Educational group that provides information on eating for optimal health.

When: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.
Where: ThedaCare Regional Cancer Care – Appleton
Contact: Registered Dietitian at 920.364.3807

Due to COVID-19, this group is currently ON HOLD.

Connect with Other Survivors

If you’d like to connect with someone outside of your loved ones or healthcare team, speaking with fellow cancer survivors can be very helpful and therapeutic. Here are some of the support lines we suggest: