For every cancer patient there are clinical milestones: completing chemotherapy regimens, rounds of radiation, surgeries or combinations of these treatments. But for many patients, these procedures are not so much milestones as stepping stones to a different kind of life – as survivors.
Helping cancer patients not only survive cancer but thrive is an ongoing task for UCHealth, which is taking another step in that direction with the roll-out of the STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehab) Program
at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora and Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. The goal of STAR, which originated at Harvard Medical School and spread nationwide, is to build a rehabilitation service line that addresses the specific needs of oncology patients.