Medical Survivorship Clinic
The Medical Oncology Survivorship Program helps cancer survivors manage current and potential side effects resulting from cancer and cancer treatment. We want our patients to thrive – not just survive. Our team works closely with the patient’s Oncologist and Primary Care physician to make sure that all health needs as a cancer survivor are being addressed. This program empowers survivors to maximize their health, quality of life, and screen for late effects of treatment while managing current side effects of treatment.
Stages of Cancer Survivorship
- Living with cancer: Refers to the experience of receiving a cancer diagnosis and any treatment that may follow. During this time patients are in treatment and may also be participating in a clinical trial – coping with emotional, physical, psychological and financial concerns.
- Living through cancer: The period following treatment when patients are relieved that treatment is over, but anxious about not seeing their cancer doctor on a regular basis.
- Living beyond cancer: Refers to post-treatment and long-term survivorship. During this stage, most survivors go back to the care of their primary physicians with a long-term healthcare plan with their cancer doctor to be implemented by their regular doctor.
Our team is here to help our patients and their families on this journey of survivorship.
The Survivorship Clinic was created for cancer survivors who are 18 months to 2 years post treatment. The clinic takes place monthly and is staffed by an oncologist, Nurse Practitioner, nurse, social worker, psychologist, physical therapist, nutritionist, and other oncology healthcare professionals. Our team works closely with each patient’s oncologist and primary care physician to make sure that their needs as a cancer survivor are being met, and to create a bridge between cancer treatment and the patient’s primary care physician.
As part of participating in the clinic, a Survivorship Care Plan will be created that includes recommendations for preventive care, resources and services available to you so you can maximize your health and prevent any problems. Participation in the monthly Survivorship Clinic can include:
- Review of Cancer Treatment Summary / Survivorship Care Plan
- Review of social, family and medical history
- Review of current side effects or symptoms
- Physical exam
- Health education dependent on patient’s specific needs
- Nutrition counseling
- Physical therapy evaluation to assess functional status and any ongoing weakness
- Psychosocial support for survivors and families
- Referrals to specialists
- Referrals to genetic counseling
- Referrals to support services; massage, yoga, support groups
- Smoking cessation
- Assessing and establishing a treatment direction to meet the patients; psychological, physical, medical, social, and financial needs.
The Survivorship care plan is updated and sent to physicians involved in the patient’s ongoing care. To learn more about the Medical Survivorship Clinic, please call 864-417-1705.