The Cancer Survivorship Program at NMCC educates and supports cancer survivors. The program includes clinic visits with physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who have developed expertise in cancer care and the issues survivors may face after treatment.
Phases of Cancer survivorship
- Living with cancer refers to the experience of receiving a cancer diagnosis and any treatment that may follow. During this time:
- Patients will undergo treatment and may be asked to join a clinical trial to study new cancer therapies.
- Patients and their caregivers may be offered services to help cope with emotional, psychological and financial concerns.
- Living through cancer is the period following treatment in which the risk of cancer recurring is relatively high. Many patients are relieved that treatment is over, but anxious about no longer seeing their cancer doctor on a regular basis. During this stage:
- Patients typically see their cancer doctor two to four times a year depending on their circumstances.
- Living beyond cancer refers to post-treatment and long-term survivorship. While two out of three survivors say their lives return to normal, one-third report continuing physical, psychosocial or financial consequences. During this stage:
- Most survivors go back to the care of their primary physician.
- Ideally, survivors will have returned to a state of long-term health.
Survivorship Treatment Summary and Care Plan Documents
All NMOHC patients receive a Guide to your Care and Survivorship notebook containing important educational material tailored for your specific needs. A Survivorship Treatment Summary is generated through the patient portal once your physician feels your care is ready to transition. All- important Care Plan documents that are pertinent to your diagnosis and any possible late effects are included in the summary of care documents, which you should keep in this notebook. We have provided tabbed sections to keep these important documents.
Survivorship Summary of Care documents may include the following:
- Diagnostic tests and results
- Tumor characteristics, including sites(s), stage, grade, hormone status, biomarker results
- Details on treatment
- Type of treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, transplantation, hormone therapy, gene therapy or other)
- Agents used (regimen, total dosage)
- Beginning and ending dates
- Indicators of response to treatment
- Support services provided (psychological, nutritional, other)
- Contact information for treating institutions and key individual providers
- Name of key point of contact and coordinator of continuing care
Please ask your physician or nurse to provide you with the following printed material to put in your file:
- My chemotherapy consists of...
- My radiation treatment plan consists of...