Being diagnosed with cancer can be one of the most frightening and challenging experiences in life. Gundersen Health System's Cancer Survivorship Program helps address the many physical, emotional and social challenges, and offers additional support as survivors find their new normal.
What is survivorship?
The term "cancer survivor" refers to an individual who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis throughout his or her life. The impact of cancer on family members, friends, and caregivers of survivors is also acknowledged as part of survivorship.
Research shows that when people are diagnosed with cancer they face physical and psychosocial challenges throughout treatment and for the rest of their lives. When a survivor completes treatment, he or she may still have physical limitations from the illness and treatment. Many are learning to deal with chronic side effects and often experience anxiety throughout this new stage in their lives. Gundersen understands that this journey may be a difficult one, but with the help from our Survivorship team made up a nurse navigator, social worker and physical therapist, we can develop a plan that is right for you and set goals for your future.
Objectives of the Cancer Survivorship Program include:
- Helping survivors transition from active treatment to life after treatment
- Assisting with the coordination of follow-up care
- Giving survivors the tools they need to be well after cancer treatment
- Providing education on healthy lifestyle choices
Journey to a Healthy Lifestyle classes
As part of this program, a cancer survivorship series called “Journey to a Healthy Lifestyle” is also offered.
If you have completed cancer treatment, take this opportunity to schedule a one-time visit with the Survivorship Team (nurse navigator, social worker and exercise physiology) to develop a Survivorship Care Plan and set goals for a healthy future. To schedule an appointment, please talk with your oncologist for a referral.