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BY TIM SPARLING, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Battle Creek Cancer Care Center
What makes someone a cancer survivor? The Am- erican Cancer So- ciety says a person is a survivor from the minute he or she is diagnosed. The National Can-
cer Institute includes family, friends and caregivers as survivors too - anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis.
When someone is going through or has completed treatment, he or she may experience many symptoms. In 2006, the Institute of Medicine formed a com- mittee to study cancer survivors and the effect of cancer treatment. Survivors said that they experienced many symptoms including:
Surviving Cancer
There are many changes that cancer survivors experience throughout their journey, and survivorship is a very important aspect of that.
• Cosmetic changes
• Impaired organ function • Infertility
• Limitations in mobility,
communication and cognition • Psychological distress
• Sexual dysfunction
There are many changes that can- cer survivors experience throughout their journey, and survivorship is a very
important aspect of that. As the survivor- ship and advanced illness management coordinator at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center, my role is to help with care for cancer patients beyond their treatment. I customize plans with input from the treatment team for each patient to support their body, mind and spirit.
Survivorship care plans vary at every treatment center. In the end, they all have the same goal – to help patients beyond their cancer journey. Many plans include:
• Summary of cancer treatment
• Primary care provider follow-up • Counseling and support groups • Exercise goals
• Nutrition counseling
• Pain management
• Tips for sexual health
• Screening services
• Genetic testing and counseling
• Smoking cessation programs
• Community resources
At the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center, cancer survivors have the support that they need after treatment. Survivorship care plans are designed to fit a cancer survivor’s mental, physical and spiritual needs.
To learn more about the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center, call (269) 245-8660 or visit bronsonhealth. com/cancer.
Nationally-recognized cancer care
Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center is the only program in southwest Michigan that is accredited by the Commission of Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) since 1995. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of com- prehensive patient-centered care.
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