Adaptation of the chronic disease self-management program for cancer survivors: feasibility, acceptability, and lessons for implementation. Academic Article uri icon


  • Self-management in chronic disease has been shown to improve patient-reported and health care-related outcomes. However, relatively little information about its utility in cancer survivorship is known. We evaluated the feasibility and acceptability of the delivery of an adaptation of the evidence-based Chronic Disease Self-management Program (Stanford) called Cancer Thriving and Surviving (CTS). Triangulated mixed methods were used to capture baseline characteristics and post-program experiences using a combination of closed- and open-ended survey items; emergent coding and simple descriptive statistics were used to summarize the data. Twenty-seven workshops were delivered by 22 CTS leaders to 244 participants between August 2011 and January 2013 in a variety of settings (48 % community, 30 % health care, 22 % regional/community cancer center). Representing a variety of cancer types, about half the participants were 1-3 years post-diagnosis and 45 % were 4 or more years from diagnosis. Program attendance was high with 84 % of participants attending four or more of the six sessions in the workshop. Overall, 95 % of the participants were satisfied with the program content and leaders, and would recommend the program to friends and family. These results confirm the feasibility and acceptability of delivery of a high-fidelity, peer-led model for self-management support for cancer survivors. Expansion of the CTS represents a powerful tool toward improving health-related outcomes in this at-risk population.

published proceedings

  • J Cancer Educ

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Risendal, B., Dwyer, A., Seidel, R., Lorig, K., Katzenmeyer, C., Coombs, L., ... Ory, M.

citation count

  • 29

complete list of authors

  • Risendal, B||Dwyer, A||Seidel, R||Lorig, K||Katzenmeyer, C||Coombs, L||Kellar-Guenther, Y||Warren, L||Franco, A||Ory, M

publication date

  • December 2014