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.
At UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center, our Cancer Registry team follows up with more than 14,000 survivors dating back to 1995, some of them who have been survivors for more than 20 years.
There are more than 16 million cancer survivors in the United States and each one has individual needs.
How can the Survivorship Program help me?
UofL Brown Cancer Center's Survivorship Program specifically focuses on extended survivorship, the period immediately following active treatment. We provide education, resources and support as you transition into the surveillance phase to empower you to be in control of your care and attain your highest 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 at your Appointment
You will have a one-time visit with the survivorship nurse navigator where you will receive a treatment summary and survivorship care plan. This outlines your cancer care and what to expect in the future as far as monitoring your cancer and your overall health.
If you are having functional limitations post-treatment, you will also be scheduled to see our cancer rehabilitation physician. Additionally, you will have access to a social worker, registered dietitian, and sexual health therapist, if needed.
Whitney Pitman, a medical oncology nurse practitioner, leads the Survivorship Clinic at UofL Brown Cancer Center. DeAnna Werle is the survivorship nurse navigator.
If you are interested in a referral to the Survivorship Clinic, ask your medical oncologist today. The Survivorship Clinic may be reached at 502-562-6887.