When their initial treatment is completed, patients are referred to Markey's survivorship clinic. The survivorship clinic is designed to connect a patient's medical history with their future quality of life after treatment is over.
During a meeting with a nurse practitioner, patients will review their survivorship care plan. This includes:
- a treatment summary
- a list of integrative medicine services at Markey
- an overview of immunizations and suggested cancer screenings based on the patient's age
Ask your nurse practitioner for more information on dieting, exercising and other daily activities following your initial treatment.
Dietitians and patient navigators are available as needed to help patients identify important aspects of their continuing health care. This may include long-term or late effects of treatment, diet, and smoking cessation. Social workers specialized in oncology and financial counselors are available for counseling as well.
Patients also receive a personalized care plan, in line with national best practices for ongoing survivorship care. They are referred to a primary care provider if they don't already have one.
For more information on the survivorship clinic for colon and rectal cancer, please contact your care team.