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Cancer Transitions eases families back into life

A program in the mountains is helping cancer survivors and their caregivers move forward. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A program in the mountains is helping cancer survivors and their caregivers move forward.

Cancer Transitions is a twice-a-year educational program offered through Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva.

Bill Sipes recalls his energy level 24 hours after undergoing robotic surgery for prostate cancer.

It took him a month to get back to work.

In the meantime, Cancer Transitions helped him and his wife.

"It covers nutrition, covers exercise," Judy Sipes said. "It covers the emotional impact and how you start back to living again."

Medical oncologist Dr. Michael Messino added, "The focus is really on well being -- how well you can be and how can you continue to get well and not remembering so much about cancer but looking to the future."

The Cancer Transitions program is funded by a grant.

For more information, contact Harris Regional.




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