Foundation funds program for cancer survivorsThe Miller-Dwan Foundation recently funded Essentia Health’s Rehabilitation Program to establish a Survivorship, Training and Rehabilitation (STAR) Program for patients from Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The Miller-Dwan Foundation recently funded Essentia Health’s Rehabilitation Program to establish a Survivorship, Training and Rehabilitation (STAR) Program for patients from Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Patients who undergo joint-replacement or heart surgery are routinely prescribed a program of exercises and other therapies to help them return to their daily activities. Until recently, cancer patients, who often undergo harsh and debilitating treatments, had little post-treatment support.
With more people than ever surviving cancer and numbers expected to increase, the Miller-Dwan Foundation recognized the need for comprehensive rehabilitation support to help cancer survivors speed recovery and improve their quality of life.
The STAR program, developed by Dr. Julie Silver, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, uses a specially trained team of caregivers, coordinated by navigators such as nurses to help patients with physical and emotional issues and other concerns that may arise.
“We want all patients, whether they’ve suffered a burn, had a stroke or are living with cancer, to heal as best they can and function at an optimal level. The STAR program is just one of the ways we continue to fill healthcare gaps and evolve with the ever-changing face of healthcare,” said Traci Marciniak, Miller-Dwan Foundation president.