Receiving a cancer diagnosis and undergoing treatment are life-altering experiences for you and your loved ones. There are physical, emotional and practical concerns - before, during and after treatment. Learn more about cardiovascular care for cancer patients.
Who is a cancer survivor?
Cancer survivors are people who have been diagnosed with cancer and those people in their lives affected by the diagnosis - including family, friends and caregivers. There are more than 14 million cancer survivors in the United States today. Estimates suggest that by the year 2024 there will be almost 19 million. This is due, in part, to early detection, state-of-the-art technology, improved treatment plans and the love and supportive care of family and friends.
Recovery is not always the end of the cancer experience. In fact, survivorship may have just as many challenges as active treatment. Going back to life as you once knew it may not be possible. Living with the uncertainty of cancer recurrence now becomes a part of your life. Life-long surveillance will be necessary to monitor for cancer recurrence and the management of late effects and health concerns that may arise as a direct result of your active treatment.
Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Survivorship
Our clinics are devoted to improving the health and well-being of people who have been treated for cancer. We offer two separate programs:
- Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Survivorship Clinic: Age 18 and older
- Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Clinic: Under age 18
Please call 207-396-7565 for more information about our programs.
We recognize that everyone's experience with cancer is unique. Some individuals will have few, if any late effects while others may have late effects for which they will need long term management. Our goal is to help you find your “new normal” and to live your life to its fullest. We can help you understand and cope with:
- Managing body image issues
- Regaining your physical strength and how to live as actively as possible
- Reducing the risk of additional cancers and chronic diseases though improvements in diet and lifestyle
- Returning to work
We know that patients treated in a caring and supportive environment respond more successfully to treatment. This is why the Cancer Institute offers comprehensive services to help patients and their families deal with the impact of cancer.
Clinical Patient Navigators
The clinical patient navigator is here to make sure you and your family have all the information you need to make the most informed and timely decision about your treatment plan.