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Fall 2012 (Vol. 6, No. 3)

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Survivie and Thrive E-Newsletter FHCRC logo 2011Dear Friends of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program,

This edition of "Survive and Thrive" focuses on new Commission on Cancer (CoC) accreditation standards requiring survivorship care plans for all cancer survivors who are treated in CoC-accredited institutions such as Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. This patient-centered approach, which has the strong support of national cancer advocacy organizations, enables cancer patients to become partners in their own care. Providing treatment summaries and survivorship care plans has always been a core function of our Survivorship Clinic.

If you or a cancer survivor you know could use a roadmap of evidence-based care tailored to your specific health history and needs, please contact us. We’d love to arm you and your health care providers with critical information for taking optimal care of yourself after your active cancer treatment has been completed.

Wishing you well,

K. Scott Baker, M.D.
Director, Survivorship Program
Karen Syrjala, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Survivorship Program

Leslie Vietmeier

Staff Profile
Survivorship Program Nurse Practitioner Leslie Vietmeier embraces her role of accepting patients where they are now and helping them set goals and gain knowledge.
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New cancer program standards stress importance of survivorship care plans

A key area of patient-centered treatment is a survivorship care plan that documents treatment received and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.
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Events and Community Education

Tacoma cancer survivorship lecture

MultiCare Regional Cancer Center – Tacoma General Hospital
Katterhagen Resource Room

"Life After Cancer, Now What?"
Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30-8 p.m.

Dr. Karen Syrjala discusses the most common emotional and psychological issues that cancer survivors face post-treatment and how you can manage these issues.

Please RSVP by calling (866)-200-2383 or at

Seattle cancer survivorship lecture series

Gilda's Club Seattle

"Stress Management Techniques for Cancer Survivors"
Thursday, Sept. 27, 7-8:30 p.m.

Dr. Samantha Artherholt explains the mental and physical aspects of stress and helps you understand the importance of developing your own strategies to finding peace.

"Life After Cancer, Now What?"
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7-8:30 p.m.

Dr. Karen Syrjala discusses the most common emotional and psychological issues that cancer survivors face post-treatment and how you can manage these issues.
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Pediatric Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness

Saturday, Oct. 27, Seattle Children’s Hospital
A free educational event for pediatric, adolescent and young adult survivors and their families, hosted by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital.
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Save the date: Healthy for the Holidays

The third annual Healthy for the Holidays event has been scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1. Please check the Survivorship website for upcoming registration information.

Learn more about the Survivorship Program

For more information about the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program, call (866) 543-4272, email us at or visit our website. To schedule an appointment for yourself, a friend or family member, at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Survivorship Clinic, call (206) 288-1024.

Support the Survivorship Program

Your support of the Hutchinson Center Survivorship Program funds research on survivor issues and concerns and provides information and support to cancer survivors.


To submit comments or questions about the newsletter, or to be added to or deleted from our mailing list, please contact the Survivorship Program at (206) 667-2814 or by e-mail at

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