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Background: • In Vermont, 500 breast cancer diagnoses are made annually. • As of 2005, epidemiological data suggest that as many as 7,000 breast cancer survivors were living in VT. • Dragonheart Vermont’s “Survivorship NOW”4 initiative aims to bridge the gap between treatment and recovery. • A literature review, including the Taking Charge program and a survivor needs assessment done by Dr. Geller, supported conducting a needs assessment in three areas: exercise, nutrition, and emotional support. • UVM COM paired with Dragonheart Vermont’s “Survivorship NOW” initiative to determine how to best address these needs.


Linda Dyer, Dragonheart Vermont

Jan Carney, MD, MPH, University of Vermont College of Medicine


Dragonheart Vermont


Access to Health Services, Cancer, Educational and Community-Based Programs, Health-Related Quality of Life & Well-Being

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Assessing Wellness Needs of Breast Cancer Survivors in Vermont