Survivorship Support Begins Immediately
Cancer survivors deal with chronic health problems that may be related to their cancer treatment. The most commonly cited problems are chronic pain, fatigue, cognitive impairment, and depression.
Survivorship support planning is critical for all issues related to cancer treatment.
With every cancer type and each treatment approach, there are predictable results for long-term side effects. When these occur, early intervention is most effective.
Survivorship support treatment planning takes into consideration, and plans for, the possibility of three categories of side effects:
- Short-term: nausea, low blood count, hair loss, weight loss, etc.
- Long-term: surgical scar tissue, neuropathy, etc.
- Late effects: secondary tumors, premature aging like osteoporosis, and emotional and interpersonal issues.
Survivorship support provides you with options, coping skills, and education. Whether you live in Anchorage or in remote Alaska, when you leave our office you will be given a plan of follow-up. This can vary from a return to your family doctor for routine future screenings to a number of referrals for continued treatment outside our office.
Survivorship Support Continues
Alaska Women's Cancer Care's sister non-profit organization, Let Every Woman Know Alaska, is dedicated to raising awareness for gynecologic cancers and providing support for women within the state who have been diagnosed. Each year in February Let Every Woman Know Alaska hosts a Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Course with the Foundation for Women's Cancer in Anchorage.
In addition, there are several local support groups including the Let Every Woman Know Alaska Gynecologic Cancer Support Group, Women Listen, and American Cancer Society groups.