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Thrive Integrative Cancer ProgramThrive Integrative Program for Cancer

We think of cancer care as having two essential care components: There’s the clinical piece with treatments and therapies; and then, there’s everything else, everything that a patient and their loved ones need to feel encouraged, healthy, and supported through the cancer journey. No cancer care plan is complete without this second piece—the everything else part—and that’s exactly the focus of Sarasota Memorial’s Thrive Integrated Cancer Program.

Cancer patients and their loved ones deserve the most effective tools and support available to manage the symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment. Coordinated services are unified under the Thrive umbrella—integrated, convenient, and customized to each patient.

Inspired by our patients’ courage and determination, Thrive offers a personalized approach to cancer care, from diagnosis through survivorship. SMH’s dedicated team of specialists works with each patient to complement their treatment plan with conventional and supportive therapies that are conveniently available at several Sarasota Memorial locations. Our goal is to achieve a level of mind-body wellness that enables cancer patients and survivors to thrive. 

Oncology Patient Navigation 

Sarasota Memorial’s experienced nurse navigators are here to guide patients through their care plans and answer any questions they may have. Nurse navigators are knowledgeable about every piece of the cancer-care process, so you can count on them to be patient advocates every step of the way.

Counseling Services

Oncology Counseling: Our licensed, certified oncology counselors provide emotional support and wellness connections for patients and loved ones coping with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. They can help identify strategies for effective coping and adjustment to disease, as well as help with problem solving and identifying cancer-specific resources. For information, contact Oncology-certified Social Worker Elizabeth Bornstein at 941-917-7293.

Nutritional Counseling: Sarasota Memorial registered dietitians meet with patients and loved ones to develop customized nutritional plans that can help maintain health through cancer treatment.

Genetic Counseling: Our certified genetic counselors assess patients, coordinate testing for hereditary cancer risk, and educate families about opportunities to mitigate risk and improve detection.

Cancer Rehabilitation

Our multi-disciplinary specialists are here to help patients manage cancer-related conditions, symptoms, or side effects. Customized rehabilitation plans are designed to address a patient’s individual issues, including pain or weakness, cognitive impairment, mobility issues, and difficulty swallowing.

Wellness and Exercise

Wellness Classes: A partnership between Sarasota Memorial and Jewish Family & Children’s Services provides free, oncology-specific classes to cancer patients, loved ones, and caregivers. Wellness and exercise classes are mind-body focused and led by certified exercise specialists.

Oncology Massage: Oncology-certified massage therapists provide tailored massages for cancer patients.

Support and Networking

Monthly Groups: Meet other people with similar diagnoses and shared experiences. Gain strength through this support network and learn from guest-speaker physicians and experts.

Creative Arts Program: This free weekly program explores the meditative benefits of artistic self-expression.

Palliative Medicine 

Sarasota Memorial offers inpatient palliative care services as an added layer of support for seriously ill patients and their families. 

Cancer Survivorship

Sarasota Memorial’s Cancer Survivorship services provide free, helpful resources and information tailored for patients’ optimal survivorship, as soon as their treatments are completed. 

For more information about Thrive Program services, call (941) 917-7827.