At the Dubin Breast Center, we are committed to helping cancer survivors lead healthy, fulfilling lives. Our survivorship program is designed to help you find the expertise, education, and support you need after treatment ends. We work to empower you to take an active and positive role in your care.
Who is Eligible?
We use the National Cancer Institute’s definition of cancer survivor. This definition states that you are considered a cancer survivor from diagnosis for the rest of your life. Your family members, friends, and caregivers are also affected, so we also include them in this definition. Your oncologist will refer you to the survivorship program when he or she feels it is appropriate. Typically, if you have ductal carcinoma in situ or lobular carcinoma in situ or Stage 1 or Stage 2 breast cancer, you join the survivorship program two years after you finish active treatment. If you have Stage 3 breast cancer, you will likely transition at about five years after treatment.
Your cancer journey is not over the minute you complete active treatment. You may have physical symptoms, worries and fears, or issues with your health insurance or finances. If you do, you are not alone. Most cancer survivors find that cancer continues to affect their lives after active treatment is over.
Our Survivorship Program helps you develop a plan for your health care after cancer treatment. You will work with our team of oncology trained nurse practitioners, social workers, psychologists, nutritionists, and massage therapists. Our services include:
Individualized treatment summary and plan of care, including:
- Overview of diagnosis and treatment
- Management of side effects, such as pain and fatigue
- Recommendations of screening tests for other cancers
- Breast cancer recurrence prevention guidelines
- Counseling on living a healthy lifestyle
We provide access to supportive services such as:
- Complementary therapies
- Nutrition services
- PsychOncology clinic
- Social work services
- Patient education resources
During your Visit
At your survivorship visit, you will meet with a nurse practitioner who is educated and trained in the care of breast cancer patients. You receive a comprehensive breast exam. You can also raise any concerns you have about your individual breast cancer history, including:
- Breast cancer prevention
- Financial, legal, or work-related issues
- Health promotion recommendations related to nutrition, exercise, and smoking cessation
- Sexual health concerns
- Side effect management
- Signs and symptoms of breast cancer recurrence
- Treatment summary and follow-up care plan
After the visit, we will send a copy of the treatment summary and survivorship care plan to your primary care doctor and the oncologist who send you to Dubin. If you have any symptoms of recurrence, please contact your Dubin Center oncologist. Also, if there is a change in your treatment plan, we will continue to take care of you at Dubin.