Skin Cancer Survivorship Support
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Survivorship Support for Skin Cancer Patients
Studies have shown that a significant percentage of skin cancer survivors deal with chronic health problems that may be related to their treatment. You may be worried about recurrence of your skin cancer, or you may experience long-term or late side effects of treatment, such as chronic pain, fatigue, cognitive impairment and depression.
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), we believe in proactively planning for these long-term concerns. We developed or skin cancer Survivorship Support program to continue to support you and provide you with options to cope with issues you may experience after leaving our hospital.
Promoting optimal health begins with your first visit. After a thorough self-assessment is taken to obtain a baseline measurement of how you are feeling and which side effects you are experiencing, the skin cancer Survivorship Support team begins planning for all issues related to your upcoming skin cancer treatment .
Follow-up Care & Support
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 all our patients, including our skin cancer survivors. 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 Survivorship Program. The team serves on the NCI’s panel and assists other medical institutions across the country in developing their survivorship programs.