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Survivorship Support

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The Survivorship Support team at CTCA is one of the most established survivorship programs in the country. Stakeholders in the department have participated as medical professionals as well as panelists in the National Cancer Institute’s Survivorship Training program. The team includes Master’s level nurses, licensed social workers and certified mastectomy fitters. The team is also supported by the physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners in the Quality of Life department.

Our program

Promoting optimal health begins with your first visit to Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA).

Studies have shown that a significant percentage of cancer survivors deal with chronic health problems that may be related to their cancer treatment. The most commonly cited problems are chronic pain, fatigue, cognitive impairment and depression. We help our patients and their caregivers plan for those risks.

Survivorship support treatment planning takes into consideration, and plans for, the possibility of three categories of side effects:

  • Short-term side effects: Nausea, low blood count, hair loss, weight loss, etc.
  • Long-term side effects: Surgical scar tissue, hot flashes, neuropathy, etc.
  • Late side effects: Secondary tumors, premature aging like osteoporosis and quality-of-life issues.

After a thorough self-assessment is taken to obtain a baseline measurement of how you are feeling, the cancer survivorship support team begins planning for all issues related to your upcoming treatment.

Continued care from a distance

Because it may not always make logistical or financial sense for our patients to travel to CTCA for post-treatment care, we have more than 1,500 “Care Partners” throughout the United States. These practitioners are familiar with CTCA and our philosophy of patient-centered care. They work with us to improve the lives of our patients. Our community care partners throughout the country include: oncologists, internists, chiropractors, family physicians, physical therapists, massage therapists and psychologists.

Every patient has a choice about whether or not to participate in the Survivorship Support Program. If you choose not to participate and change your mind later, you can always join the program at any time in the future. The survivorship support team at CTCA is trained by the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Survivorship Program.

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