Survivorship

 

At the Center for Cancer Care at Exeter Hospital, in collaboration with the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, we strive to provide the best care possible to all our patients from the time of diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. We recognize that the journey doesn’t end when treatment ends, but rather continues through the rest of a patient’s life. Our goal is to help provide patients with the tools they need to successfully navigate this journey.

The end of treatment can be a difficult time for patients who have become used to the frequent visits and oversight from their care team. Often patients will express anxiety and uncertainty at this time. The goal of the survivorship program is to help relieve some of those fears by providing clear information on next steps, what to watch for, who to call, and most importantly to provide patients with tools and resources to help them take back control of their health and wellness.

Survivorship” focuses on the health & life of a person with cancer from diagnosis until end of life. This includes physical, emotional, psychosocial, and economic issues of cancer beyond diagnosis and treatment phases, and includes their family and loved ones. “Survivors” can face many challenges following treatment including long term effects of treatment, risk of recurrence or secondary cancers, and other physical, emotional or financial concerns.

The survivorship visit is a one on one visit with an oncology nurse practitioner (or other appropriate care provider). A personalized survivorship care plan will be prepared for you detailing your diagnosis, treatment and follow-up plan. It will also include lifestyle recommendations and useful resources as well as things to contact your care team about. The visit will give you an opportunity to ask questions about your follow-up and discuss issues that may be affecting you. The Survivorship team will help connect you with the appropriate specialists and resources that fit your individual needs.


Survivor Resources


Upcoming Events



Upcoming Events

Integrative Therapies for Supporting Cancer Treatment and Survivorship: A Webinar Series 
Our Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program offers free wellness services, such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, and music therapy, for patients with cancer.  Integrative therapies, along with medical management, work with your unique body, mind, and spirit.  Join us for this free webinar series to learn more about techniques and strategies you can do at home to help you feel your best.  Current patients, survivors, and caregivers are welcome! 
All webinars are Tuesdays 7pm-8pm and include a Question & Answer session.   
Register here. 
Meditation for Calmness and Healing Sept 15  
Meditation can help ease your mind and lessen anxiety in just a few minutes a day.  Learn the basics including mindful breathing and visualization/guided imagery for relaxation and healing. 
Elyse R. Park, PhD, MPH (Clinical Psychologist, Associate Director of Survivorship Research, and Director of Behavioral Research for the MGH Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine) 
 
Music Therapy for Relaxation and Stress-Reduction - Sept 22 
Join us as we provide a glimpse into the art and science of music therapy to increase relaxation and reduce stress during cancer treatment and survivorship. We will feature experientials in both active and receptive music therapy techniques, as well as take-home strategies for self-care. 
Hannah Shefsky, MA, MT-BC (Board Certified Music Therapist) and Lorrie Kubicek, MT-BC (Board Certified Music Therapist and Program Manager, Expressive Therapies) 
 
Massage and Acupressure: Self-Care Strategies for Peripheral Neuropathy - Sept 29 
Why are numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands or feet a side effect of some cancer treatments? What are some self-care strategies you can try at home which can help alleviate symptoms?  We will demonstrate massage and acupressure techniques you can do at home to help relieve pain, stiffness, or loss of sensation in the hands and feet.   
Michael Keamy, CMT (Certified Massage Therapist) and Irene Martyniuk, Lic.Ac. M Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist and Co-Director of the Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program) 
 
Embodying Mind-Body Medicine: Caring for Your Whole Body - Oct 6 
How do you acknowledge and care for your body as it carries you through something as physical, emotional, and psychological as cancer diagnosis and treatment?  Through self-care exercises, learn how body work and the power of touch can alleviate pain, tension, and muscle spasms.  
Lena Beste L.Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist) and Karen Ingwersen RN, CMT (Registered Nurse and Certified Massage Therapist)  
 
The Role of Acupuncture in Managing Cancer Treatment Symptoms - Oct 13 
We will provide an overview of acupuncture as an integrative therapy for managing symptoms such as hot flashes and insomnia (trouble sleeping).  A Mass General Cancer Center patient will share how acupuncture has improved her symptoms and quality of life during treatment for breast cancer.   
Mary Tricolli, RN, Lic. Ac., MAOM (Licensed Acupuncturist) and Amy Comander, MD (Director of Breast Oncology and Survivorship at Mass General Cancer Center Waltham and Newton-Wellesley Hospital)  
 
Yoga to Manage Cancer Symptoms and Stress - Oct 20 
Join us as we explore the science of yoga related to cancer and the use of yoga to manage cancer-related symptoms and stress. We will then offer a gentle yoga practice for relaxation. 
Loren Winters,ANP-BC (Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, and the Associate Director of Breast Cancer Survivorship at Mass General Cancer Center Waltham) and Luba Zagachin (Cancer Center Yoga Therapist)