Survivorship

The 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 Prostate Cancer Survivorship Program is designed for men who have had prostate cancer.

All new patients must be referred by one of their prostate cancer doctors. Talk to your physician to determine when the time is right for referral to the Prostate Cancer Survivorship Clinic.

An overall goal of survivorship is to assist patients in learning more about health issues that may occur following completion of their prostate cancer treatment and strategies to address these issues and concerns. In addition, thise 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:
    • prostate cancer screening
    • Management of side effects from treatment
    • Menopausal symptoms and ways to manage these symptoms
    • prostate cancer prevention guidelines.
  • access to:
    • nutrition services
    • PsychOncology Clinic
    • Symptom Management and Palliative Care Clinic
    • the Patient Education Resource Center
    • Complementary Therapies

The Clinic

We encourage you to bring your partner to the prostate cancer survivorship appointment because recovery from the urinary and sexual side effects affects both of you. An open discussion with both partners can help overcome obstacles to recovering intimacy. If you do not have a partner, bringing a family member or a support person can be very helpful to the recovery process. We can provide privacy for a one-to-one discussion of sexual concerns when the support person is not a partner.

The clinic offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment of incontinence and erectile dysfunction. It also provides screening for depression, anxiety and fears that may arise about your recovery. The frequency of visits and topics discussed are tailored to each patient's specific needs. The goal of our individualized care is to help you through all aspects of your recovery.

A Typical Visit

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

Make an Appointment
All new patients must be referred by one of their prostate cancer doctors.

To schedule an appointment, call 734-647-8903 or the Cancer AnswerLine™ 800-865-1125.

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

  • Signs and symptoms of prostate cancer recurrence
  • Management of side effects from treatment
  • Counseling for sexual health recovery for individuals and couples
  • Penile rehabilitation
  • Pelvic floor rehabilitation
  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Lifestyle recommendations
  • Any othis 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, his primary care physician and the physician who referred the patient to this program. The patient will return to the care of his original oncology team should he have symptoms of recurrence or if thise is a change in his cancer treatment plan.

All new patients must be referred by their prostate oncologist. Your physician will determine when the time is right for referral to the The prostate Cancer Survivorship Initiative.

Still have questions?

The nurses at Cancer AnswerLine™ have answers. Call 1-800-865-1125 and you'll get a personal response from one of our registered nurses, who have years of experience in caring for people with cancer.

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