Who is a cancer survivor?

An individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of their initial diagnosis of cancer throughout the duration of their life. Family members and friends of those affected by cancer can also be considered survivors.

At UofL Health - Brown Cancer Center, our Cancer Registry team follows up with more than 14,000 survivors dating back to 1995, some of them who have been survivors for more than 20 years.

There are more than 16 million cancer survivors in the United States and each one has individual needs.

So, what comes next? Survivorship.

When treatment is complete, starting a new routine can be difficult. The Brown Cancer Center's Survivorship Program provides the expertise and support to help guide you and your loved ones through the transition.

The program focuses on extended survivorship and encompasses the physical, psychosocial, functional and spiritual needs of the survivor and the family, and provides a road map for moving forward to empower you to be in control of your care and attain your highest qualify of life.

Brown Cancer Center's Survivorship Program meets with patients immediately following active treatment. It is for survivors who have completed treatment, including those who are on oral maintenance or prophylactic therapy. When you are at this point, ask your doctor or call 502-562-6887 to schedule your one-time survivorship consultation.

What to expect at your survivorship visit

  • You will have a one-time visit with the survivorship nurse navigator.
  • You will also see our cancer rehabilitation physician discuss any functional limitations post-treatment.
  • Additionally, you will have access to a social worker, registered dietitian and sexual health therapist, if needed.
  • Review of your personalized treatment summary and survivorship care plan. This outlines your cancer care and what to expect in the future as far as monitoring your cancer and your overall health.
  • Identification of current or potential side effects of cancer and cancer treatment.
  • Identification of strategies for management of side effects, including appropriate referrals to specialists, ordering and reviewing imaging or lab studies based on your symptoms.
  • Discussion of personalized wellness and follow-up plan.
  • Upon completion of your visit, the survivorship navigator will provide documentation of the physicians involved in your care.

Additional information

Whitney Pitman, a medical oncology nurse practitioner, leads the Survivorship Clinic at Brown Cancer Center. DeAnna Werle is the survivorship nurse navigator. DeAnna is an oncology-certified nurse with expertise in oncology survivorship navigation and program development. She has been a nurse for 26 years with a background in critical care nursing.

If you've reached or you're nearing the end of your treatment, ask your oncologist or call the Survivorship Clinic directly at 502-562-6887 to schedule your one-time consultation.


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