Your Cancer Treatment Is Over - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
You have finished your cancer treatment, now what? You are probably relieved the demands of treatment are over and you are ready to put this experience of a cancer diagnosis behind you.
For the majority of patients, the effects of treatment may be minimal and you can return to “normal,” and have a good quality of life. Some people, however, continue to experience the effects of treatment both physically (pain, fatigue) and emotionally (distress, depression). Additionally, the anticipated relief of “it’s over” can be a time of anxiety; fear of the unknown, fear of recurrence, and the loss of important relationships with your cancer care team.
Your continued needs and quality of life beyond treatment are important, and the Cancer Survivorship Program can help you move beyond treatment and on with your life.
The team at UConn Health’s Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center understands cancer treatment and side effects just don’t end with your last treatment. Our new Standard of Cancer Care includes a visit with an advanced practice nurse in our Cancer Survivorship Program. During the one hour personalized care visit, you can expect:
- An evaluation of the ongoing effects of your cancer diagnosis and treatment; physically, emotionally, socially, financially, and spiritually.
- A review of your health care team and coordination of follow-up care.
- A summary of your background information (including genetics), type of cancer diagnosis and treatment received.
- A discussion about prevention of recurrence, new cancers and potential late treatment side effects.
- A review of surveillance guidelines for cancer screening as well as generalized health care.
- A written Survivorship Plan of Care will be provided to you, sent to your primary care provider or other designated health care provider(s) and put into your UConn Health medical record.
“The APRN was able to empathize with me. The care plan feels helpful, informative, and provides ideas to run with into the future, not a recap of bad times.”
– John W., colon cancer survivor
When Can a Survivorship Visit Take Place?
Your physician will determine when you are ready to schedule an appointment with the Cancer Survivorship Program. This usually takes place three to six months after the end of primary cancer treatment. Many patients may still be taking medications, such as hormonal therapies for breast cancer, and are still welcome to our program.
Your health care team will schedule an appointment with the Cancer Survivorship Program. Or simply ask if it’s right for you!
Discover Care as Unique as You
UConn Health’s Cancer Survivorship Program offers personalized services to meet the unique and ongoing health care needs of cancer survivors.
“I think the Survivorship Care Plan is an excellent tool. I found after the interview, someone was going to know what I had been through and would be following me after my treatments ended. It puts all the contact information in one place rather than all the business cards in my wallet. The diagnosis and procedure information is helpful to my family to have for future reference. Thank you for developing this program for me, and for all future participants.”
– Marie W., breast cancer survivor