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.
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The survivorship support team at Southeastern
With more than 14 million cancer survivors living in the United States, survivorship programs are playing a major role in the cancer health care system. Survivorship programs are designed to address the physical and psychosocial needs of cancer survivors even after their treatment ends. Cancer survivors require surveillance and treatment for various side effects that may result from their cancer and its treatment. The most common challenges include chronic pain, fatigue, cognitive impairment and depression.
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Southeastern), we help our patients and their caregivers plan for these risks through our Survivorship Support Clinic. Led by Family Nurse Practitioner Kimberly Randolph, our survivorship program also includes licensed Social Worker Angelishea Ferrell. The team also works with other clinical care providers, including oncologists, internists, mind body therapists and pain management providers. “Embracing survivorship is like embracing a new lifestyle” says Ferrell. “I encourage our patients to define this time any way they want.”
The survivorship team works with patients to provide them with a detailed survivorship care plan that includes details about their treatment history, surveillance plans and necessary preventative health screenings. The idea is to lay out a plan for good health after cancer treatment is completed.
We help patients anticipate and navigate therapies for side effect management through our supportive care services, helping patients develop plans specific to their needs, including:
- Nutrition plans
- Exercise routines
- Symptom management
- Recurrence prevention
- Surveillance plans
- Financial resources
- Community resources for health management during and after cancer treatment