At Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami Health System, we are here to support you and your caregiver(s) through diagnosis, treatment, and after the completion of treatment.
What is a Cancer Survivor?
Sylvester endorses the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship's definition of a survivor: an individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis, through the rest of his or her life. Family, friends, and caregivers of those affected by cancer are also part of the survivorship experience.
Despite advances in early detection and treatment, cancer and treatment related symptoms present unique and enduring challenges that may negatively impact quality of life. Management of survivors' unique medical and psychosocial needs is best accomplished within a holistic, evidence-based and long-term care approach that incorporates state of the art research.
We're here to help
Sylvester has developed Survivorship Programs for you that includes support groups, seminars, workshops, and more. Through our research efforts, we are also looking to address the social, economic, and physical effects cancer has among our pediatric and adult patients.
Your Survivorship visit is a meeting personalized to your diagnosis and after-treatment needs, with input from the multidisciplinary team. Nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and physician assistants lead the survivorship clinic with the input from your main treating care team. Your Survivorship care team has experience and works together to ensure that your care plan and resources meet all of your needs.
Patients who complete cancer treatment have concerns, especially regarding long-term and recurrent side effects. Additionally, there are questions about the physical, emotional or practical issues related to cancer and its treatment. Patients can benefit from this clinic visit and from the information and resources offered.
Planning for your future
You will leave with a personalized Cancer Survivorship Care Plan that has been created with input from your medical team. This care plan is be used as a resource to your other non-oncology providers so they are also aware of what has occurred in regards to your cancer diagnosis. You will also be provided with healthy living tips and a review of recommendations geared towards your general medical follow-up and care. Other important aspects in cancer survivorship relate to the importance of cancer screening to prevent future recurrence or new cancers, management of late effects related to treatment, and the aging process.
At your Adult Survivorship program visit, we will also cover:
Our goal is for you to leave with information and resources related to your diagnosis that are beneficial to you.
For questions or more information regarding the UM Survivorship program or Survivor events, please contact SCCCSURVIVORSHIP@miami.edu.