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Support for Cancer Survivors

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For patients with cancer, the end of active treatment is the beginning of the next phase of care, and can be a time of uncertainty. To help with this transition, the Marie Yeager Cancer Center has introduced a new program designed especially for cancer survivors.

At their first follow-up appointment after completing treatment, patients meet with their oncologist to discuss a survivorship care plan. The plan outlines a summary of care in one document, with details on any additional resources or referrals a patient might need, such as treatment with an occupational therapist or counseling with a cancer psychologist.

The cancer survivorship care plan is provided to patients and their entire care team, including primary care physicians who can access it electronically and monitor patients’ follow-up care.

“Patients can easily take this information with them anywhere they go, whether they have an unexpected trip to the emergency department or are on vacation outside the area,” said Edmund Paloyan, MD, Medical Director of Oncology Services, Lakeland Health. “By providing this resource for survivors, we can enhance communication across the entire continuum of care—at diagnosis, during treatment, and beyond.”

The survivorship care plan is currently available for patients with breast cancer and early-stage lung cancer, and will later be introduced to patients diagnosed with other forms of cancer. To learn more about resources available at the Marie Yeager Cancer Center, visit www.lakelandhealth.org/cancer.

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