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Breast Cancer Survivorship Program

Thanks to advances in detection and treatment, more people are surviving cancer. However, even successful treatment can take a substantial physical and psychological toll. Now, as you transition from active treatment to surveillance, we can offer you compassionate and customized care.

Breast cancer survivors can face a number of physical and psychological challenges, including, pain, fatigue, fear of recurrence, neuropathy, or lymphedema.

The Institute of Medicine recommends each cancer patient receive an individualized survivorship care plan. An experienced nurse practitioner will help you create your own personal plan that includes:

  • Monitoring the long-term side effects of breast cancer
  • Maintaining bone health
  • Dealing with the challenges of early menopause
  • Implementing healthy eating, diet and exercise
  • Managing the symptoms and challenges of hormonal therapy

Your treatment summary, survivorship care plan and any recommendations will be shared with your health care team to ensure your continuity of care.

Why Choose Us for Survivorship Care?

  • You'll have a personal survivorship care coordinator who will partner with you and work on your behalf.
  • You'll receive compassionate and customized survivorship care in a warm and caring environment. We can also provide psychological services to patients who need help managing anxiety or depression
  • We offers monthly support groups, which can be helpful for sharing your feelings during your survivorship journey

Survivorship Care Team

As a patient in our Breast Cancer Survivorship Program, you will have access to a personal coordinator who is a registered nurse or a nurse practitioner with specialized expertise in survivorship. Your coordinator will care for you as you transition to living beyond cancer and help you create your individualized care plan. Within the program, you will have access to all the members of our breast cancer care team, including a psychologist or psychiatrist, registered dietitian and lymphedema specialist. All are dedicated to providing compassionate, patient-centered care.

Scheduling and Billing

Your referral to our Breast Cancer Survivorship Program is made by your medical oncologist. Your initial visit will be scheduled one month after you complete either your chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Most insurance plans will cover your visits. Prior to coming in for an appointment, please check with your insurance company to review your coverage. If you have questions or concerns, our staff will be happy to help you.

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