We put much effort in helping women get access to diagnostic exams and help them and their families cope with the emotional, physical, financial and mental battle that ensues during treatment. However, there is a noticeable lack of focus on what happens to these women and their families once the cancer goes away… should the caring stop when the cancer has gone?
Back in the Swing is unlike any other breast cancer charity because they aren’t raising money to aid in research or giving financial aid – they are advocates of keeping survivors healthy after battling breast cancer. They believe that like treatment plans, recovery plans or survivalship plans should also be drafted and carefully adapted to each survivor to help them get back on their feet. Back in the Swing seeks to partner up with Breast Cancer Centers and Specialists around the country and encourage them to make survivorship plans after the patient has won over cancer.
They seek to make a lasting impact by offering an Oncology Nurse Training Curriculum to ensure that the nurses who care for survivors are knowledgeable and skilled enough to help patients adjust to their new roles as Survivors. Programs are centered on on educating and offering solutions to survivors on how to deal with the lasting side effects of treatment such as depression, skin dryness, memory loss, fatigue and loss of sexual desire.
We applaud the Back in the Swing Foundation for identifying this weak link in breast cancer survivorship. Through their initiatives, women can now look forward to a better life after cancer.