Stories of Success

Testimonials

“The Anticancer Lifestyle Program is a great self-paced tool and resource. It provides a starting place for patients with cancer and those interested in prevention.”

- Dr. Roshani R. Patel, MD, FACS, Breast Surgeon, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Manchester, NH

“My patients respond to the Anticancer Lifestyle Program in a way I find unprecedented in 30 years of Radiation Oncology practice. It helps them feel that we are caring for them, and not just delivering cancer treatment.”

- Dr. Thomas Sheldon, MD, Medical Director, Dept of Radiation Oncology, Concord Hospital, Concord, NH

“The Anticancer Lifestyle Program has been integral to educating and empowering our patients to make lifestyle changes that improve their overall wellness and outcomes. We’ve been fortunate to have such a robust program at the Payson Center for Cancer Care.”

- Dr. William Santis, MD, Urologist, Concord Hospital, Concord NH

“I love that this class provides participants with evidence-based information and concrete tools for living a happier and healthier life, even while coping with a cancer diagnosis.”

- Adrianna Crooker Catlin, LICSW, OSW-C, Oncology Social Worker, Payson Center for Cancer Care Concord, NH

“My patients feel that they are being taught a great deal of important information in the Anticancer Lifestyle Program that they otherwise would not have been exposed to. They ultimately feel empowered and motivated to pursue significant lifestyle changes, and in most cases, these lifestyle changes are sustainable.”

- Dr. Jeanna Walsh, MD, Medical Oncologist and Medical Director, Dana Farber-New Hampshire Oncology and Hematology

“If you are a Human Resources or wellness professional looking to take your employee health and well-being strategies to the next level, the Anticancer Lifestyle Program is unrivaled.  It’s comprehensive, easy to understand, and engages employees where they are in their cancer prevention and survivor journeys, and the feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive and appreciative.  Offering the Anticancer Lifestyle Program to all of our employees really underscores how much we care about them and their loved ones.”

- Kieran Hull, Vice President of Human Resources and Wellness Committee Chair for Capital BlueCross

“The Anticancer Lifestyle Program is a critical offering of the Payson Center for Cancer Care and Concord Hospital. The course provides a balance of research and practical interventions for cancer survivors, arming them with the tools they need to move forward, and a road-map toward improved health and wellness. Cancer survivors report becoming more engaged in their health and empowered to take control of it.

The program contributes to the continuum of care we offer, bridging the gap for cancer survivors as they move from acute treatments to surveillance. It comprehensively addresses the question so frequently asked by cancer survivors: What can I do now?

The Anticancer Lifestyle Program is a clear illustration to our community of our unwavering commitment to cancer survivors, and demonstrates our commitment to treating the whole person–body, mind, and spirit.”

- Jody H.

“I’m more centered in all the self-care aspects. Being more gentle to myself. Got a fit bit and am moving more. Meditating more. Continuing to choose love.”

Note from a facilitator at a dissemination site:

“We had our last session last night and all I can say is wow! The participants were so thankful for this course and said so many things that were powerful, I was truly in awe. During the diploma process, many people cried because of the new friends that they made, the things that they learned, and just how much more in control they felt. I wish I had everything to tell you verbatim, but 2 very powerful statements for me were:

‘I no longer feel like a victim.’

‘The course helped me get through my treatment.’

There were so many more comments and everyone seemed to have made at least one if not many changes. And so many connections were made!! I can tell you that many people, including myself, were sad last night to say goodbye to our weekly sessions. It felt like a family.

I have provided health education programs for years and truly have never seen anything like this. I absolutely believe that everyone who participated will continue making changes throughout their lives.  You always hope for that, but you know behavior change is hard. However, with this program, I felt it, I know they will continue to thrive.

Thank you once again (that doesn’t even feel adequate) for sharing this with us.  It was an incredible journey and I cannot wait for the next one!”    

“I am very grateful for this program. I agree very strongly with the information presented, it is very powerful. I have a vision that one day, every hospital will provide this to their cancer patients.”

“Anticancer Lifestyle program has been a chance to re-evaluate and re-focus on my current lifestyle, and consider changes that might enhance it in the future.  It is a continuing work-in-progress.”

“I have made a sizable advance on assessing who in my life is toxic and who is not. Those who are toxic I remove from my life. Those who are nourishing I embrace…. I practice meditation almost daily. I stretch and do yoga several times a week. I take every opportunity to laugh out loud.”

“The Anticancer Lifestyle Program was, for me, the continuation of a journey.  I doubted there was much more to be gained from the program.  How wrong I was.  The program reinforced the changes I made earlier, but most importantly brought me together with people who have taken control of their lives, have traveled similar journeys, and who share a joy of living.”

“Thanks to the Anticancer Lifestyle Program I have learned to take control of my future and I look forward to many years with my wonderful husband and beautiful children.”