Survivorship

Currently there are more than 12 million cancer survivors in the United States; this is due in large part to earlier detection, better treatment options and supportive care. One out of every six people over the age of 65 is a cancer survivor, and 1.4 million were diagnosed more than 20 years ago. 

Cancer and its treatment can have long-lasting or late-onset effects on your body. Some survivors will live with cancer as a chronic disease with periodic treatments and there are others who will see a long-term remission. Many cancer survivors report that their cancer has not had a significant, long-term effect on their lives.

It is important to note that the social and emotional effects of cancer treatment may take longer to come to terms with than recuperating from the treatment and its side effects. We can offer you support, treatment and education in the years after completing cancer treatment.

Becoming involved in a survivorship program puts you in touch with other patients facing the same challenges that you are. It also offers you resources to deal with issues you face as a survivor; our goal is to have you take charge of your health and provide you with the tools to accomplish that.  

When you complete treatment you will continue to see the physicians involved in your cancer care for a period of time. Eventually you will return to the care of your primary care physicians. Your primary care physician may not be aware of your cancer experience and the details of your treatment. Developing an individualized, long-term follow-up plan with your cancer doctor before returning to a primary-care setting is an important step in providing accurate information to your healthcare providers.

Your Survivorship Care Plan should include:

  • Your cancer diagnosis
  • Treatment given (including, timing, dosage and duration)
  • Potential side effects of the cancer and treatment (both short term and long term)
  • Guidelines for frequency of follow-up visits
  • Tests to be performed during appointments
  • Tips for staying healthy and preventing recurrences or secondary cancers

 

Programs

We offer the following programs as part of our Survivorship Program:

Yoga for Survivors: Classes are specifically designed to meet the needs of cancer survivors during treatment and post-treatment. Boost energy, improve sleep, recover strength and flexibility, and reduce stress. We welcome recently diagnosed cancer patients and up to five-year survivors. Held weekly, on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., at the Jupiter Medical Center Health & Wellness Center located at 1004 S. Old Dixie Hwy. For more information or to register, call (561) 263-5775. 

Chair Yoga for Survivors: A gentle stretching yoga. Held weekly, on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. - noon, at the Jupiter Medical Center Health & Wellness Center located at 1004 S. Old Dixie Hwy.. For more information or to register, call (561) 263-5575.

Cancer Survivorship Series: Caring for yourself and accessing the network that contributes to your care; for patients, partners, and family members. Guest speakers monthly. Held on the fourth Thursday monthly, from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., in the Cancer Center modulars located adjacent to the Foshay Cancer Center. Please RSVP to (561) 263-4351.