Springboard Beyond Cancer (SBC) is an online resource that empowers people with cancer to actively manage their health. It's available at www.smokefree.gov/springboard.
Springboard Beyond Cancer (SBC) is a free, customizable self-management program to help people manage their physical and emotional symptoms, improve their communication skills and live healthier after their cancer diagnosis. SBC users can create and use printable personalized Action Decks (collections of information on specific topics relevant to cancer and treatment) to identify their cancer-related needs, set goals, create a plan to achieve their goals, monitor their progress and assess and maximize what is working for them.
Developed by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, SBC modules are organized into categories of potential issues. Categories include symptoms (i.e., fatigue, pain, sexual problems, weight gain), stress and mood (anxiety, depression, distress, fear of recurrence, mindfulness), wellness (i.e., getting active, healthy eating, quitting smoking) and getting support (from your healthcare team, family/friends/caregivers, at work, and peer-to-peer support).
As of January 2016, there were more than 15.5 million Americans with a history of cancer, a number projected to climb to more than 20 million by 2026. Many survivors struggle with physical, emotional and social issues such as fatigue, sleep disruptions, stress and other issues. Yet there was no free, comprehensive, evidence-based, and personalized eHealth tool specifically designed for cancer patient and survivor self-management. Springboard Beyond Cancer provides an easy-to-use, customizable resource to help cancer patients and survivors address their unique needs during and after treatment.