What is Survivorship?
The word "survivorship" is often used in several different ways. One common definition is a person without cancer after finishing treatment. Another common definition is the process of living with, through, and beyond cancer.
According to this definition, cancer survivorship begins at diagnosis and includes people who continue to receive treatment to either reduce the risk of the cancer coming back or to manage chronic disease. No matter how it is defined, survivorship is unique for every person.
Everyone has to find their own path to navigate the changes and challenges that arise as a result of living with cancer.
What Happens After You Finish Cancer Treatment?
Some people return to the lives they were leading before their diagnosis, while the lives of others are significantly changed by their cancer experience. The challenge for every survivor is figuring out how to return to everyday life while adjusting to the effects of the disease and its treatment.
Recognizing these challenges and knowing how and when to ask for support can help you through this time of transition. Do not be afraid to ask questions or admit to your health care team that you do not know what questions to ask.
Bassett's Survivorship Clinic
The Bassett Cancer Institute now offers a Survivorship Clinic to assist with that transition from treatment to becoming a survivor.
This clinic will be run by one of the cancer center's nurse practitioners with oversight from our chief radiation oncologist. We are taking a holistic approach to your needs and goals in your survivorship journey. These clinics will be offered one day per month in Cooperstown and Oneonta.
Survivorship Clinic Discussions
Some of the topics discussed during our survivorship program include:
- Cardiac Health
- Trauma / Distress
- Sexual Function
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Employment & Return to work
- Anxiety / Depression
- Cognitive Function
- Hormone Symptoms
- Sleep Disorders
- Immunizations & Infection
- Smoking Cessation
- Cancer Follow up
Schedule a Survivorship Clinic Appointment
If you're interested in scheduling an appointment at one of our survivorship clinics, please call (607) 547-3336.
Bassett Healthcare Network offers cancer survivorship clinics in Cooperstown and Oneonta, NY.
Additional Survivorship Resources
The Bassett Cancer Institute offers 2 additional Cancer Survivorship resources. The Living Well program also offers a workshop for those dealing with the symptoms of cancer and its treatment.
Cancer Support Groups
The Bassett Cancer Institute is offering convenient monthly cancer support groups that are open to anybody that has a cancer diagnosis — any type or stage, newly diagnosed, in treatment and survivors.
Bassett's Living Well With & After Cancer Workshop
In addition to our Cancer Support Group, Bassett's Living Well team offers a separate workshop series that provides self-management techniques, information, & support in dealing with cancer & its treatment.