Who is a Cancer Survivor?
An individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of their initial diagnosis of cancer throughout the duration of their life. Family members and friends of those affected by cancer can also be considered survivors.
There are more than 14 million cancer survivors in the United States and each one has individual needs.
The survivorship clinic specifically focuses on extended survivorship, which is the period of time immediately following treatment completion. During this time, patients are transitioning from active treatment into active surveillance.
What the Survivorship Clinic Focuses On
We help patients transition from active treatment into surveillance mode. We educate patients on their cancer diagnosis and potential short and long-term side effects of their treatment. We focus on restoring function and improving quality of life. We have a multidisciplinary approach to help manage:
• Physical dysfunction
• Emotional well being
• Sexual health issues
• Tobacco cessation
• Healthy diet and exercise
• Cancer surveillance
• Cancer screening
What to Expect
Your oncologist can refer you to the survivorship clinic once your cancer treatment is completed. At your visit, you will meet with an oncology nurse practitioner, cancer rehabilitation physician, social worker and a registered dietitian. Together, you will discuss your cancer care and what to expect in the future for monitoring your cancer AND your overall health. You will be provided with a survivorship care plan that outlines all of your cancer care, including future care.
Whitney Pitman, a medical oncology nurse practitioner, leads the Survivorship Clinic at UofL Brown Cancer Center.
If you are interested in a referral to the Survivorship Clinic, ask your medical oncologist today.