Survivorship support for breast cancer
Led by a registered nurse, our Survivorship Support
Program is designed to help you maintain your health and improve your quality
of life once your breast cancer treatment is complete.
Once your treatment is complete, we will work with you to
assess your health and identify potential late or long-term effects of
treatment. Then, you may receive an individualized wellness plan that includes
help with managing medications and side effects, as well as nutritional, physical and emotional education and support.
Each time you come to the hospital for a follow-up
appointment, you'll receive a full array of tests that scan for metastasis,
regardless of whether or not you are experiencing any symptoms.
What is survivorship support?
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 include 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, cognitive and psychosocial issues, body image concerns, etc.
- Late side effects: Secondary tumors, premature aging like osteoporosis and quality-of-life issues