University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Provides Breast Cancer Survivors with Personal Care and Support
There are an estimated 11.9 million cancer survivors in the United States. Patients are survivors from the moment they are diagnosed throughout the rest of their lives. During the survivorship phase, some common themes include healing, adjusting to what some call a “new normal” and exploring ways to help recovery. The Center for Survivors of Breast Cancer at UH Seidman Cancer Center provides education and care to improve patient health and quality of life. While many programs focus on the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care, our services are available at any time – even years after treatment ends.
Our programs include:
- Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic: This program allows patients and their partners to meet with team members to create a plan that promotes patient health and lessens the effects of cancer and its treatment. During the program, patients will receive:
- A written summary of their cancer treatment
- An assessment of the patient’s physical, practical and psychosocial needs
- Information and skills to manage post-treatment side effects such as fatigue and lymphedema
- Access to a dietitian to discuss nutrition and exercise
- Community resources to address financial, employment and insurance issues
- Orientation to Survivorship: This quarterly program addresses the physical and emotional impacts of survivorship.
- Forward Bound: During this semi-annual retreat, breast cancer survivors reflect on the life changes that occur after breast cancer.
- Strong Women, Strong Bones: This 12-week program helps women to strengthen muscles and prevent, or slow, osteoporosis.