Colorectal Survivorship Clinic
Making the Transition
You are a cancer survivor from the moment you are diagnosed. The fact that you have had cancer will change your life, but cancer does not have to define you.
Treatment for colon cancer can include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. These forms of treatment can cause side effects that you experience temporarily while going through it. Oftentimes, these treatments can cause long lasting effects that impact your everyday life.
When you visit the Colorectal Cancer Survivorship Clinic, you will meet with an oncology nurse to review your treatment summary and your surveillance care plan. Your treatment summary will include:
- All treatments you have received (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery)
- The dates, any complications you experienced
- Contact information for each clinic.
The surveillance care plan explains what tests need to be done and how frequently these need to be done. This plan will help your health care team to monitor you closely for cancer recurrence.
You will have the opportunity to discuss any current symptoms or concerns. The nurse may make recommendations or refer you to a specialist to help. Patients may experience long term physical side effects like fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, bowel changes, and difficulties with sexual health or intimacy.
Cancer survivors often express concerns with finances related to medical bills, anxiety about returning to work, or stress about their future. The survivorship clinic visit is a way to develop an action plan to help you manage these issues
Living with Metastatic Colon Cancer - A Couples Retreat
The couples retreat at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center is for patients living with metastatic colorectal cancer and their partners. The retreat provides an opportunity to share and network with others facing the same challenges. It is designed to ease psychological distress for the patient and the spouse and facilitate interactions in an environment that is comfortable and conducive to open discussions about emotional impact of metastatic colorectal cancer on the patient, spouse and other family members.
Make An Appointment
To schedule an appointment:
Talk to your oncologist or oncology nurse to determine if this clinic is right for you. Please contact us by phone at 443-997-1508.
Ideally, these visits take place 3-5 weeks after you have completed treatment. This allows you to gather your thoughts and get used to life after treatment and identify any issues that may cause concern.