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.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I be seen in the Adult Survivorship program?
The program is open to all patients who have completed cancer treatment. We offer care for survivors of any cancer diagnosis, as well as disease-specific services.
When should I come to the Adult Survivorship program?
The UM Survivorship program is currently seeing patients within 6 months of completing active treatment. Patients may still be taking medications, such as hormonal therapies for breast or prostate cancer, and they are welcome in our program.
How can I be seen in the Adult Survivorship program?
To visit the Adult Survivorship Program, your Oncology healthcare provider should refer patients. Please discuss with your Oncology Healthcare provider if you have not been referred so that they can help facilitate the scheduling of your appointment.
Will my health insurance cover my visit?
In most cases, yes. University of Miami’s Survivorship program can help answer questions about payment for this visit. To learn more, contact SCCCSURVIVORSHIP@miami.edu
What is a Survivorship Care Plan?
This is a personalized care plan that gives you and all the doctors involved in your care a written document that details the treatments you received for your cancer. It also give a schedule of upcoming and recommended follow up visits going forward. This is a time when general healthy living tips and local and national resources and reviewed and information is given to you.
For questions or more information regarding the UM Survivorship program or Survivor events, please contact SCCCSURVIVORSHIP@miami.edu.