What happens after cancer treatment?
Cancer and its treatment can result in some potentially long-lasting or late-onset effects. The Survivorship Clinic addresses various problems cancer survivors may face after therapy, including: pain, fatigue, neuropathy, lymphedema, bone loss, sexual dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, memory issues, and future cancer risk.
During your visit, our medical staff will talk with you about how to manage and assess any late complications or issues you may be experiencing to help you optimize the years ahead.
Q. How can this clinic benefit me?
You will be provided with a cancer treatment summary and a survivorship care plan. The knowledge gained from learning about your previous treatment can help you understand your future health risks. We have experts available to assist and educate you regarding these risks and how to prevent and manage these risks.
Q. Will my insurance cover this visit?
Yes, most insurance plans consider this a necessary visit for individuals who have received treatment for cancer that is likely to have an impact on health. A Patient Financial Services representative from SCCA is available to provide counseling for those with concerns.
Q. How will this clinical care differ from what I receive from my oncologist?
We do not provide surveillance for recurrence of your cancer. This care will continue to be provided by your oncologist. We do provide a comprehensive medical examination, and prevention education about late and long-term effects of cancer and recommendations for healthy lifestyle behaviors.
Q. How many appointments will I have in the Survivorship Clinic?
Depending on your preference and personal situation, you may either continue to receive annual follow-ups in the Survivorship Clinic or return to your primary care provider. Copies of the treatment summary, survivorship care plan, and any recommendations made during the clinic appointment are shared with your entire health-care team, including your oncologist and primary care provider.