After cancer treatment, then what?
‘Survivorship’ program focuses on maintaining patients’ optimum health.
One of the biggest challenges of surviving breast cancer is not the physical recovery, but recovery from the experience of having cancer. (Amen to that statement) It can last years after everything has healed in the body. An emerging area in the health-care field is “cancer survivorship,” a treatment approach focusing on a patient’s overall healing and not solely on getting rid of the cancer. Dr. Amy Shaw explains, “A survivorship program partners with a patient’s primarycare doctor and is the bridge between the cancer world and the rest of your life.” Shaw, formerly medical director of Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation’s Women’s Health Center, joined Redwood Regional Medical Group in Santa Rosa in June and has created its new Cancer Survivorship Program. The goals of the Cancer Survivorship Program are two: staying well during treatment and strategizing what to do to achieve optimum health afterward. Shaw is helping coordinate care for people who have finished treatment and is doing ongoing evaluation for treatment side effects, including late-onset problems such as heart disease or skin disorders that may surface several years after surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.
Debbie... aka the cancer warrior ... AND SURVIVOR!!!