Today, there are more cancer survivors than ever before, thanks to early diagnosis and extraordinary treatment options. Now that you have come through cancer diagnosis and treatment, you may have questions about your long-term care and the side-effects of treatment, both physical and emotional. We know that all cancer and blood and marrow transplant (BMT) survivors need follow-up care no matter how many years it’s been since they last had cancer treatment.
Our Cancer Survivor Program provides health care to survivors of childhood and adult cancers, in conjunction with primary care providers and regardless of where cancer treatment was received.
Survivorship: Life after cancer
Depending on the type of cancer and treatment received, cancer survivors might or might not be at risk for developing late effects. The most common seen late effects are second cancers, cardiopulmonary issues, bone problems and infertility. As part of the Cancer Survivor Program we provide survivorship services including:
- Late effects screening
- Clinical exams and laboratory tests
- Personal disease history and therapy review
- Referral and coordination of specialty care
- Treatment summaries for each cancer survivor and his or her primary-care provider
A team approach
We want to help you stay as healthy as possible. That’s why we adopt a team approach, and include your primary care physician and other medical specialists as necessary to ensure you get the care you need. The program also features education – for survivors, their families and the medical community – about the possible long-term effects of cancer treatment or of BMT, and what screenings are needed to maintain a healthy, active life. As part of the Cancer Survivor Program, University of Minnesota Physicians Cancer Care specialists work with you to identify and manage the effects of cancer and its treatments. The program also educates survivors, families and the medical community about the long-term effects of cancer treatment, and appropriate screenings needed to maintain a healthy, active life.
During your appointment, you will see a medical provider who specializes in treating cancer survivors. They will conduct your health exam, screen for possible late effects of cancer treatment, provide you with follow-up care for any health-related issues and introduce you to the latest survivorship research opportunities. As a result of this visit you and your primary care physician will receive a summary of your treatment plan and recommendations for follow-up.
The Cancer Survivor Program is available to all cancer survivors regardless of age, diagnosis or where they received cancer treatment. Adult cancer survivors are eligible three or more years after completion of their cancer therapy. Childhood survivors are eligible five years after diagnosis or three years after blood and marrow transplant.
Appointments typically consist of an hour-long assessment and consulting with annual follow-ups as needed. Click here to find locations and appointment information.