Survivorship Program

The Center for Cancer Survivorship is a program for our patients and their loved ones. Our multi-disciplinary team provides assistance with the coordination of care and information on nutrition, rehabilitation, coping strategies, dealing with anxiety and depression, and relaxation techniques as well as helping patients transition from the end of active cancer care to optimal life-long wellness.

man-talking-to-doctor-about-program-968086632.jpgAs part of a multidisciplinary, integrated team, the Survivorship Program provides comprehensive, coordinated after-care for cancer patients treated at Hartford HealthCare. Along with regular visits with your medical oncologist, this program provides information on a variety of topics to assist you in your journey forward as a cancer survivor. We encourage you to take part in this program to maintain balance and optimal health.

The goal of the Survivorship visit is to develop and deliver a comprehensive, effective and meaningful care plan to each survivor.

The services provided by the survivorship program include:

  • A personalized treatment summary and survivorship care plan that will be shared with all your medical providers
  • Follow-up surveillance recommendations based on your cancer diagnosis
  • Education on prevention, detection, and possible late term cancer treatment complications
  • A list of community and national resources that address survivorship issues
  • Information regarding post-cancer nutrition and exercise guidelines
  • Identification and recommendations for any physical and/or psychosocial effects of your treatment
  • Opportunity for referrals to other services which include: nutrition, genetic counseling, smoking cessation, psychological counseling, social services, physical therapy, and integrative therapies such as massage and reiki.

Mental Health and Support Groups

Cancer and treatments can take a serious toll on survivors’ mental and emotional states, but these important issues can be addressed.

A survivor’s self-image and body-image can be sharply affected by cancer and the side effects of treatment. Some form of anxiety is almost impossible to avoid as a survivor. It is important to recognize the symptoms of anxiety and depression, so you can seek help.


Rehabilitation Services / Exercise

Various types of rehabilitation services are available including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.


Nutrition

Nutrition needs during cancer treatments and after active care can be unique to each survivor, but there are some very basic nutritional goals that are common to all survivors.

Working in collaboration with your doctor and licensed nutritionists, we can help you develop an individualized approach to manage your diet and goals for optimal health.

In addition, by encouraging active patient and caregiver participation in the plan of care, post-treatment anxiety may be reduced and quality of life enhanced for Hartford HealthCare's cancer survivors.


Cancer Institute Support Services

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute