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.
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: Weight loss, sexual dysfunction, 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.
Learn more about survivorship support