Cancer Survivorship Program
You have finished your cancer treatment! Now what? You are probably relieved that the demands of treatment are over, and you are ready to put this experience behind you.
For the majority of patients, the effects of treatment may be minimal, and you can return to 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 that cancer treatment and side effects 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
When Can a Survivorship Visit Take Place?
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.
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