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 expertise, education, and support to help manage issues related to surviving cancer. The program focuses on empowering you to take an active and positive role in your care.
Who is Eligible?
The Dubin Breast Center uses the National Cancer Institute’s definition of cancer survivor which states that an individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis, through the balance of his or her life. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also affected by the survivorship experience and are therefore included in this definition. Your oncologist will refer you to the survivorship program when he/she feels that it is appropriate for you. Typically, if you have ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) or lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), Stage 1 breast cancer, or Stage 2 breast cancer, you will transition your care from about two years after treatment. Patients with Stage 3 breast cancer will transition at approximately five years post-treatment.
Our Survivorship Program helps you develop a plan for your ongoing health care. Our team of oncology trained nurse practitioners, social workers, psychologists, nutritionists, and massage therapists work together to help you.
You may find that physical, psychosocial, health insurance, and financial concerns continue because of cancer treatments. To address these needs, our program offers:
- An individualized treatment summary and plan of care, including:
- Overview of diagnosis and treatment
- Management of side effects, such as pain and fatigue
- Recommendations if screening tests for other cancers
- Breast cancer recurrence prevention guidelines
- Counseling on living a healthy lifestyle
- Access to supportive services:
- Nutrition services
- PsychOncology clinic
- Social work services
- Patient education resources
- Complementary therapies
During your Visit
When you come to us for 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 followed by open discussion about topics of concern related to your individual breast cancer histories including:
- Signs and symptoms of breast cancer recurrence
- Side effect management
- Breast cancer prevention
- Sexual health concerns
- Health promotion recommendations related to nutrition, exercise, and smoking cessation
- Financial, legal, or work-related issues.
- Treatment summary and follow-up care plan
We will send you a treatment summary and survivorship care plan following the visit to you, your primary care physician and the referring oncologist(s). You will return to the care of her oncology physician should you have symptoms of recurrence or if there is a change in your cancer treatment plan.