Survivorship Clinic

Who is a Cancer Survivor?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.

So, what comes next? Survivorship.

When treatment is complete, starting a new routine can be difficult. UofL Brown Cancer Center's Survivorship Program provides the expertise and support to help guide you and your loved ones through the transition.

The program focuses on extended survivorship and encompasses the physical, psychosocial, functional and spiritual needs of the survivor and the family, and provides a road map for moving forward to empower you to be in control of your care and attain your highest qualify of life.

UofL Brown Cancer Center's Survivorship Program meets with patients immediately following active treatment. It is for survivors who have completed treatment, including those who are on oral maintenance or prophylactic therapy. When you are at this point, ask your doctor or call 502-562-6887 to schedule your one-time survivorship consultation.
 

What to Expect at your Survivorship Visit

  • You will have a one-time visit with the survivorship nurse navigator.
  • You will also see our cancer rehabilitation physician to discuss any functional limitations post-treatment.
  • Additionally, you will have access to a social worker, registered dietitian, and sexual health therapist, if needed.
  • Review of your personalized 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.
  • Identification of current or potential side effects of cancer and cancer treatment.
  • Identification of strategies for management of side effects, including appropriate referrals to specialists, ordering and reviewing imaging or lab studies based on your symptoms.
  • Discussion of a personalized wellness and follow-up plan.
  • Upon completion of your visit, the survivorship navigator will provide documentation of physicians involved in your care.

Additional Information

Whitney Pitman, a medical oncology nurse practitioner, leads the Survivorship Clinic at UofL Brown Cancer Center. DeAnna Werle is the survivorship nurse navigator. DeAnna is an oncology-certified nurse with expertise in oncology survivorship navigation and program development. She has been a nurse for 26 years with a background in critical care nursing.

If you've reached or you're nearing the end of your treatment, ask your oncologist or call the Survivorship Clinic directly at 502-562-6887 to schedule your one-time consultation.

Survivorship Clinic group

 

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DeAnna Werle
DeAnna Werle, RN, BSN, OCN
Type of Doctor
Survivorship Navigator
Area of Interest
Cancer Survivorship
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Kim Williams
Kimberly Williams, MSSW, LCSW
Type of Doctor
Social Worker and Sexual Health Therapy
Area of Interest
Helping women live their lives after a breast cancer diagnosis; sexual health; relationship issues; work life and financial concerns; help bring a level of normal to an abnormal situation
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Laura Jones
Laura Jones, MSSW, LCSW
Type of Doctor
Oncology Social Worker for BMT, Neuro and Gyn Onc Clinics
Area of Interest
Sexuality and intimacy issues in active treatment and cancer survivorship; meaning-centered psychotherapy; group Therapy; and cancer-related financial toxicity
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Sandra Krekel
Sandra Krekel, MSSW, LCSW
Type of Doctor
Oncology Social Worker for GI, Lung, Hematology
Area of Interest
Survivorship Clinic, Cancer-related financial toxicity, Quality of life post-diagnosis
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Dimitra Sanford
Dimitra Sanford, LCSW
Type of Doctor
Social Worker
Area of Interest
Survivorship Clinic
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Samantha Reed
Samantha Reed, RD, LD
Type of Doctor
Outpatient Oncology Dietitian
Area of Interest
Malnutrition, nutrition support and nutrition for cancer prevention
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