What is Cancer: Thriving and Surviving?


Cancer: Thriving and Surviving

  • Cancer: Thriving and Surviving (the Cancer Self-Management Program) is a 6-week workshop.
  • It teaches real-life skills for living a full, healthy life for people affected by cancer.
  • Classes are fun and interactive. Participants share their successes and build a common source of support.
  • The workshop builds confidence around managing health, staying active, and enjoying life.

Some counties are now offering:

  • Living Well with Chronic Conditions Self-Management Program - a chronic disease self-management workshop that is open to anyone with a physical or mental health condition.
  • Take Charge of Your Diabetes Self-Management Program - a chronic disease self-management program that specifically targets people with diabetes and their needs.


  • Two trained leaders at each location.  At least one of them has been affected by cancer.


  • Free, but some sites may charge a small fee to cover the cost of the course materials, which includes a book and a CD.

What You Will Learn:

  • Resources, skills, and action planning to give you a sense of greater control over life with cancer.

Who Attends:

  • People with cancer, survivors, family, friends or caregivers.

Program Length:

  • A 6-week program that meets 2 to 2½ hours each week.

Topics Covered:

  • Managing symptoms, such as pain, frustration, isolation and poor sleep
  • Fatigue management and getting help
  • Living with uncertainty
  • Future plans for health care
  • Cancer and changes to your body
  • Making decisions about treatments and complementary therapies
  • Cancer and relationships
  • Working with your health care team
  • Setting weekly goals
  • Effective problem solving
  • Set priorities
  • Making better nutrition and exercise choices

Description of Workshops


See more at https://tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/fhw/cd/cdsm.html.