At Memorial Cancer Institute, we are in the business of creating cancer survivors. Survivorship can mean different things to different people. And it can bring up different emotions and challenges depending on where you are in the cancer journey.
Our compassionate survivorship team understands that this phase of your life after cancer treatment may come with questions and complicated emotions. We’re here to help you continue to live life to the fullest and navigate any issues that arise.
What Is a Survivorship Care Plan and Treatment Summary?
Getting a survivorship care plan and treatment summary is one of the most important steps to take after completing cancer treatment. This plan is an overview of your diagnosis, treatment and health status to date. It’s a key document to help you and your care providers work toward your future health.
You can meet with a dedicated oncology advanced practice provider in person or via telehealth. They’ll review your survivorship plan and treatment summary with you and show you how to access it through your MyChart electronic records.
Your personalized survivorship care plan and treatment summary includes:
- Your detailed oncology medical history
- Diagnosis and related test results
- Details of all of the cancer treatment you received
- Information on detecting and managing any continuing side effects from cancer treatment
- Recommendations from your medical team about scheduling ongoing future cancer screenings
- Healthy living guidelines, including information about smoking cessation, nutrition and exercise
- Names and contact information for all members of your cancer care team
- Recommendations for seeing your primary care physician to stay up to date on non-cancer-related screenings and health concerns
Survivorship Services We Offer
In addition to creating a survivorship care plan and treatment summary for you, we provide many other services for survivors. Our ongoing support for you and your family includes:
- Cancer nutrition counseling to help prevent recurrences and manage symptoms throughout recovery and survivorship
- Physical activity guidance through our Cancer Recovery Program
- Financial support services
- Emotional support from our oncology psychologists
- Help managing ongoing symptoms with our palliative care or integrative medicine specialists
- Provider referrals to specialists, services or resources, as needed
Resources for Cancer Survivors
You are not alone in your survivorship. The team at Memorial Cancer Institute continues to support you with a variety of resources at our hospital and in our community. These resources are available to anyone during or after treatment. They include:
- Support groups specific to survivors and their families
- The Next Step class to continue your cancer education into survivorship
- Patient and Family Advisory Council to help you give back
- Volunteer opportunities, such as becoming a patient advocate. This role allows you to connect with and support people currently going through cancer treatment.
- Information about events for survivors and their families