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Address Health Behaviors for Cancer Survivors

Three women on grass with yoga mats stretching and The Priority

The United States is home to almost 15 million cancer survivors, defined as individuals diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis through their lifespan[1]. Survivors face a host of physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and financial challenges[2, 3]. Comprehensive cancer control (CCC) programs and coalitions help meet the needs of survivors and their caregivers using:
  • Surveillance to routinely assess the needs of cancer survivors.
  • Education programs to help survivors, caregivers, and providers make informed decisions.
  • Patient navigation systems to optimize treatment and care.
  • Policies and systems changes to improve access to palliative care and other cancer resources or services.” [1]
Supported by CDC’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, cancer plans and CCC coalitions bring awareness to cancer control objectives within each jurisdiction and guide professionals who are involved with cancer control, from providers to researchers.

What We Do

The goal of the CCCNP Health Behaviors for Cancer Survivors Workgroup is to assist coalitions to better meet the needs of survivors and caregivers. With consideration for health equity, the CCCNP disseminates information and collective findings to address needs identified by coalitions to support cancer survivors, specifically in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, mental health and emotional support services, tobacco cessation, and young adult concerns. Originally focused on tobacco control for cancer survivors, the Health Behaviors for Cancer Survivors Workgroup expanded its focus to encompass a greater range of health behaviors. In 2021 in conjunction with the American Cancer Society the CCCNP held a virtual forum for eleven CCC programs and coalitions on nutrition and physical activity (NUPA) for survivors. The purpose of the forum was to assist state and tribe/tribal organization coalitions in developing one-year action plans focusing on the implementation of evidence-based NUPA interventions for survivors. The Health Behaviors for Cancer Survivors Workgroup will continue to offer training opportunities to CCC coalitions, as well as collect and disseminate resources coalitions can use to better understand how to address a range of health behaviors impacting cancer survivors, including strategies related to social determinants of health for survivors.


Dana Farber Cancer Institute Resources for Young Adults with Cancer

NCCR*Explorer (Provides incidence and survival statistics for cancers in children and adolescent and young adults ages 0-39, using data from the National Childhood Cancer Registry (NCCR). It provides detailed statistics for a cancer site by sex, race/ethnicity, and age, and allows for comparison across cancer sites and subsites).

Triage Cancer A Practical Guide to Cancer Rights for Young Adults

CCCNP Resources Address Food Insecurity (PDF)

Why Hunger Find Food Database Find community-based organizations and emergency food providers of food pantries.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food Insecurity and Health (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) Quick blog on impact of food insecurity on health and links to resources

Times Record Debunking Five Myths and Misconceptions about Food Insecurity  This is a great overview of myths and solutions to food insecurity

American Hospital Association Food Insecurity and the Role of Hospitals A resource that outlines steps hospitals and health systems can take to address food insecurity among their patients. It includes case studies of hospitals that have built successful partnerships to address food insecurity.

Children’s Health Watch Hunger Vital Signs A validated 2-question food insecurity screening tool based on the U.S. Household Food Security Survey Module to identify households at risk of food insecurity.

Hunger + Health Food Insecurity Screening Toolkit This toolkit gives detailed guidance for health professionals on incorporating screening for food insecurity and referral to existing resources.

American Society of Clinical Oncology

Cancer Support Community

Commission on Cancer

GW Cancer Center

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control

National Cancer Institute

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship