Cancer Survivorship – Living Beyond Cancer
Miami Cancer Institute’s Survivorship Program provides a wide range of services for patients who have completed their cancer treatment. With an emphasis on healing, recovery and wellness, our survivorship care team addresses:
- Side effects of cancer and its treatment
- Monitoring for recurrent cancer
- Screening for new cancer
- Cancer prevention through healthy lifestyle behaviors
What services are included in Miami Cancer Institute’s Survivorship Program?
Once you have completed your cancer treatment, you will meet with a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant who will work with you and in collaboration with your cancer care team to create a detailed and customized care plan. This plan will include information on your treatment and diagnosis, as well as a recommended schedule of surveillance testing and follow-up care.
The Survivorship Program provides:
- A personalized cancer treatment summary and care plan for you, your primary care doctor and your cancer care team
- Assessment for cancer recurrence with scheduled surveillance visits and testing
- Management of cancer-related side effects, both immediate and late-onset side effects
- Screening referrals for other cancers
- Referrals for nutrition counseling
- Weight management
- Referrals to other specialists, such as cardiologists, pulmonologists, fertility specialists and genetic counselors, as needed
- Referrals for survivorship exercise fitness program
Survivorship Fitness Training
Our Survivorship Program also includes a 10-week survivorship gym fitness training program that is supervised by oncology-certified exercise physiologists. This program can help you safely transition to a healthy and active lifestyle beyond cancer.
Which cancer-related side effects can the Survivorship Program help manage?
Our survivorship experts understand that side effects can last beyond cancer treatment, which is why we will work with you to find ways to reduce these symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Our Survivorship Program can help you with:
- Body image
- Sexual dysfunction
- Bowel and bladder dysfunction
- “Chemo brain” that results in poor concentration, memory loss or other cognitive difficulties
- Depression, anxiety and fear of cancer recurrence
- Swelling in the arms and legs (lymphedema)
- Numbness, weakness or pain in the arms and legs (peripheral neuropathy)
- Sleep problems
- Shortness of breath
- Speech, swallowing and eating problems
Ringing of the bell
A bright silver bell hangs in the lobby of Miami Cancer Institute. The ringing of the bell signals the end of active treatment. This tradition was started by rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, Irve Le Moyne, who was undergoing radiation for head and neck cancer. He planned to follow a Navy tradition of ringing a bell to signify “when the job was done.” Now nearly all facilities have a similar bell that patients can ring to mark the end of treatment.
Brain Fitness Lab
The goal of the Brain Fitness Lab at Miami Cancer Institute is to restore and prevent chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment in cancer patients. Cognitive remediation training has a demonstrated benefit in restoring cognitive function in cancer survivors. The Cancer Patient Support Center developed the Brain Fitness Lab to provide customized cognitive remediation training with computerized brain-training protocols and neuropsychological interventions to restore and enhance cancer survivors’ cognitive and functional outcomes.
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