Saint Francis University announced
the opening of the Center for Rural
Cancer Survivorship on Thursday at an event held at the DiSepio Institute
for Rural Health and Wellness. Professionals in the healthcare and
rehabilitation fields heard from center directors about the benefit of having
this new resource for cancer rehabilitation available to the public. Whether
newly diagnosed or long finished with treatment, the goal is to improve daily
function and quality of life for the cancer survivor. “This truly is a mission fit for Saint Francis,” said the Rev. Malachi Van
Tassell, T.O.R., President of the university. Under the supervision of faculty
in the university’s School of Health Sciences, students
will help rehabilitate and educate those who are combating the effects of
cancer treatment. “This is a patient-centered approach using
all of the resources we have at our disposal for the betterment of the
patient,” said Center Co-Director Dr. Ivan Mulligan.
Located on campus, the Center for Rural Cancer Survivorship (CRCS) is a
comprehensive interdisciplinary center developed to provide affordable
outpatient services to all cancer patients and survivors in need.
The CRCS will utilize faculty,
students and staff of the Master of Cancer Care, Physical Therapy and
Occupational Therapy programs as well as additional departments in the School
of Health Sciences. The staff will provide clinical care, education, and
conduct research to meet the needs of rural Pennsylvanians with cancer. The
goal being to improve their physical and psychological health, enhance their
quality of life, relieve symptoms of treatments’ side effects, and modify
Some of the many services available
are physical fitness assessments, supervised exercise programs, rehabilitative
services, nutritional counseling, and weight management education.
Need for Cancer
According to the Center for Disease Control,
cancer deaths are higher in rural America. While rural areas have a lower
incidence of cancer than urban areas, they have higher death rates than those
diagnosed in urban areas.
For more information on the types of services offered and
how it will benefit rural cancer survivors and the community for years to come,
visit francis.edu/CRCS or call (814) 472-3249.
Photo: Dr. Ivan Mulligan, Co-Director for the Center for Rural Cancer Survivorship and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, addresses the crowd at the opening of the CRCS.