Active Living after Cancer (ALAC) is a program funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) designed to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors in Houston and El Paso. The goal of the program is to improve cancer survivors’ health and quality of life through increasing physical activity and providing survivorship information. The evidence-based program was developed and tested at MD Anderson, and extended to be delivered to the greater Houston area and El Paso community.
Through Project ECHO, we are providing on-going training and mentoring to community health workers implementing the Active Living after Cancer program. We provide case based learning where the community health workers will be able to share the experiences or issues they encounter in their respective communities. We will also deliver didactic lectures to train and address important topics for effective program implementation and about various topics related to cancer survivorship.
It is estimated that one in three women and one in two men will be diagnosed with cancer in their life time. Based on Texas Cancer Registry data, there are over half a million cancer survivors in the state of Texas (254,309 men and 257,095 women). Breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers account for the largest number of survivors, over 50%.Thirty-five percent of these cancer survivors are ethnic minorities and 22% live in low-income areas (i.e., census tracts where 20% or more of the residents live below the federal poverty level). The number of cancer survivors is expected to grow as survival rates improve along with the growth and aging of the general population. Thus a large and growing number of cancer survivors, especially those who are medically underserved, necessitates effective programs to help survivors to improve their health and physical functioning, and make significant lifestyle changes designed to prevent recurrent and new cancers.
In January 2014, the Active Living after Breast Cancer Program (ALABC) was funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to provide an evidence-based program to increase physical activity in sedentary breast cancer survivors in Harris County. Active Living after Cancer (ALAC), is an extension of the original grant funded program ALABC. The new grant funded program ALAC, was created to extend the benefits of the ALABC program to all cancer survivors. The aim of ALAC is to improve cancer survivors’ health and quality of life, by increasing physical activity in their daily lives and by providing them survivorship information.
ECHO Clinic: Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 2-4 p.m. CST