Survivorship programs at Penn Medicine are a distinct phase of care and are designed to help you transition from a cancer treatment routine to a post-cancer care lifestyle.
There are millions of cancer survivors living and thriving today as a result of advances in cancer treatment. However, cancer treatments can result in physical, emotional and financial complications long after the therapy is complete.
Personalized Survivorship Care
At the end of treatment, you'll schedule a survivorship visit with your oncologist and nurse practitioner. At this time, you’re provided with a summary of the treatment you received as well as a plan for follow-up care.
We will work with you to develop survivorship care plans. Since every cancer is unique, the plans are tailored to you.
The survivorship care plan includes information about:
- Potential long-term or late side effects of cancer treatment, bone marrow/stem cell transplant, symptoms and treatments
- Recommendations for cancer screening for disease relapse or a new cancer
- Psychosocial effects, including relationships and sexuality
- Planning follow-up visits
A survivorship care plan encourages you to become an active participant in your follow-up care.
Every step of cancer treatment – from diagnosis, to surgery and treatment to forming a survivorship plan – comes with different needs and issues to be addressed.
Our oncology navigators help make your experience as seamless as possible. As experts in navigating complex health care situations, navigators serve as a consistent point of contact and a reliable source for advice, support and direction for patients and families.
They can provide emotional support, identify resources, and ensure access to information, support services, educational programs and community resources.
We also offer a number of support programs and groups to enhance your survivorship care plan.
Survivorship Programs at Penn Medicine
Penn Medicine's Living Well After Cancer Program is a nationally recognized program that focuses on issues facing cancer survivors. In 2007, the Abramson Cancer Center was designated a LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence Network.
We are only one of eight LIVESTRONG™ centers in the United States, and we're the only LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence in the Philadelphia region.
The Abramson Cancer Center has materials and hosts a wide range of activities that provide education and support to address key areas of concern including survivorship for you and your loved ones.
Our Focus On Blood Cancer conferences are daylong supportive and educational conferences that address issues for patients with cancer, as well as their loved ones.