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