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Survivorship

After cancer treatment, now what?

Due to earlier diagnosis and better treatments, the number of cancer survivors has rapidly grown and  exceeds 14 million people in the United States alone. We have learned that when a cancer patient transitions beyond treatment, challenges may continue in coping with the physical, emotional and social impacts of the illness. At Sibley we have resources to assist you in making adjustments and solving problems to improve your quality of life. Patients tell us they want to be empowered, to take control back and to get on with life. Our staff is dedicated to guiding you in the phase of “survivorship.” We are here for you, so please stay in touch. 

Survivorship Counseling

Our goal is to help you reach your maximum sense of wellbeing and health, perhaps even better than before your diagnosis. 

The Sullivan Breast Center at Sibley offers cancer survivorship counseling for breast cancer patients once you have completed treatment for breast cancer.  This service provides an opportunity for you to take an active role in your recovery health by meeting with an oncology nurse practitioner to outline your follow-up plan. Together, you and the nurse practitioner will review your treatment and any residual side effects and how to manage them, as well as your follow-up schedule for seeing your oncology providers. This counseling session also includes a review of lifestyle behaviors and small ways you can make changes in your habits to improve your health and reduce risk for recurrence. 

After your counseling session, the nurse practitioner will create and mail to you a written Treatment Summary and Survivorship Care Plan that includes Personalized Health Promotion Recommendations. With your permission, copies of this written roadmap will also be sent to your primary care provider and any other consultant you wish.

Referrals

Your Sibley Hospital surgeon, radiation oncologist or medical oncologist will submit a referral to our nurse practitioner’s office, and they will call you to make a 45-60 minute appointment. 

The following resources are available both during and after treatment. 

Survivorship Navigator

Cancer survivorship is about living and managing health after a cancer diagnosis through treatment and beyond to post-treatment or maintenance care. Patients, family members and caregivers are all impacted by a diagnosis, and every stage of care has its own demands and challenges.

At Sibley, we offer many resources and services to help patients and co-survivors cope with the issues at hand, whether they are treatment decision-making, self-care management (through nutrition, stress management, exercise), psychological and relationship concerns, treatment side effects, financial issues or impact on employment. Helping you achieve a good quality of life, along with excellent cancer treatment, is our goal.

We offer classes in yoga, meditation, social work support, nutrition consults and programs, rehabilitation, informational seminars and more. Contact Pam Goetz, the survivorship navigator, to learn more about resources available to you at Sibley and in the community.

Pam Goetz
Phone: 202-243-2320
Email: pgoetz4@jhmi.edu

Social Work and Support Services

Oncology Social Work provides for the psychological, social, emotional and practical needs of cancer patients and their families. A social worker can meet with you individually to teach you how to manage the stress and changes that may come with cancer. In addition, social worker-led support group meetings are available. 

Sibley currently has the following support groups:

  • Women in Treatment for Breast Cancer
  • Coping with Advanced Cancer
  • Gynecologic Oncology

In 2016, the following support groups will be added:

  • Brain Cancer
  • Caregiver

Contact an oncology social worker to:

  • Learn how to talk about cancer with family members, children, friends, employers and your health care team
  • Help you manage feelings of anxiety, fear, sadness, anger, worry or depression that can be associated with a cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Help you become familiar with the hospital environment
  • Learn the best ways to talk with your health care team
  • Learn new ways of coping with stress
  • Help organize your family life around cancer treatment
  • Connect you with services that may help you during and after cancer treatment, such as Resource and Transportation Service and education about home care, hospice and palliative care

Elisabeth Carrino-Tamasi, M.S.W., LGSW
Phone: 202-243-2274
Email: ecarrin2@jhmi.edu