Advancements in cancer treatment have led to more people surviving cancer. The American Cancer society estimates that there will be around 20 million cancer survivors by 2020.
These survivors need special care to keep them as healthy as possible. This care includes:
To help this growing population of cancer survivors, the Department of Radiation Oncology has started a cancer survivorship program to serve patients who have had radiation therapy. The radiation oncologist will help the cancer survivor decide when they should join the cancer survivorship program. Survivors will be seen by a nurse practitioner, who works very closely with the patient’s radiation oncologist.
During your radiation oncology survivorship follow-up visit, the nurse practitioner will: