Survivorship Care- Rebuilding Quality of Life After Treatment
WHAT DOES IT MEAN AND WHAT CAN IT DO?
Survivorship Care Planning is the roadmap to “a new normal” of moving forward with living for the patient and their family. Studies have shown that putting such a plan in place enhances survival.
Survivorship Care Planning after treatment involves the oncologist, the oncology care team that has been involved in the treatment journey with the patient.
The TEAM involves the patient and the oncologist and oncology care team, as well as the family/caregiver(s) supporting the patient throughout the treatment phase.
Why is survivorship care important?
What information do I need to create a care plan?
- Type of cancer
- If you underwent surgery, what procedures were done?
- If you received chemotherapy, what medications were received?
- If you received radiation therapy, what type of cancer was this done for?
What should I do with the plan?
Putting together a wellness “roadmap” means setting guidelines for enhancing health and well-being of the patient and their family/caregivers – the TEAM:
a. Medical – related monitoring guidance with a summary of the treatment received
b. Nutrition and Exercise guidance
c. Emotional well-being – involving potential family issues that can surface after treatment / Needs that must be addressed and met.
Building mutual support – patient/family/caregiver support that the TEAM needs from one another / Needs that must be addressed and met.
Who can help with the “roadmap?
* the oncologist and oncology care team
* Nutrition and Exercise can be guided by Integrative Medicine – trained personnel that can offer the best guidance.
* Emotional well-being can be guided by a social worker, psychologist, or both along with the oncologist who was involved in
the patient’s treatment and care (for background information to be offered as needed).
Survivorship Care Planning Guidance Resource information:
Finding Meaning After Cancer – a wonderful guide from Dana Farber Cancer Institute that helps us put things in perspective after cancer treatment is completed . . . a helpful component of survivorship care planning: