Survivorship

The Breast Cancer Survivorship Initiative
Next Phase of Care

At the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, our goal is to provide our patients with strategies to optimize their overall health and wellness - now and in the future. The Breast Cancer Survivorship Initiative is designed for women who have had breast cancer.

An overall goal of survivorship is to assist patients in learning more about health issues that may occur following completion of their breast cancer treatment and strategies to address these issues and concerns. In addition, there is information on the various steps that can be taken to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

The program offers:

  • an individualized treatment summary and plan of care, including:
    • Breast cancer screening
    • Management of side effects from treatment
    • Menopausal symptoms and ways to manage these symptoms
    • Breast cancer prevention guidelines.
  • access to:
    • nutrition services
    • PsychOncology Clinic
    • Symptom Management and Palliative Care Clinic
    • the Patient Education Resource Center
    • Complementary Therapies

The Clinic

Norah Lynn Henry, M.D., Ph.D., a Cancer Center oncologist, oversees the Breast Cancer Survivorship clinic. Visits to the clinic are scheduled once a patient completes multimodality treatment and her oncology physician determines a referral to the clinic would be appropriate.

A Typical Visit

During a visit, patients meet with a nurse practitioner with extensive education and training in the care of breast care patients.

The patient meets with a nurse practitioner with extensive education and training in the care of breast cancer patients. Patients receive a comprehensive breast exam followed by open discussion about topics of concern related to their individual breast cancer histories. These discussions include information about:

  • Signs and symptoms of breast cancer recurrence
  • Management of side effects from treatment
  • Management of menopausal symptoms
  • Breast cancer prevention
  • Sexual health concerns
  • Bone health recommendations
  • Lifestyle recommendations
  • Any other questions or concerns patients may have

To ensure continuity of care, a treatment summary and survivorship care plan is sent following the visit to the patient, her primary care physician and the physician who referred the patient to this program. The patient will return to the care of her original oncology team should she have symptoms of recurrence or if there is a change in her cancer treatment plan.

All patients for the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program must be referred by their U-M Breast Oncologist..

Still have questions?

Contact the Cancer AnswerLine™ 800-865-1125 for answers.

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