Survivorship means different things to different people, but it often describes the process of living with, through, and beyond cancer. According to this definition, survivorship begins at diagnosis and includes people who continue to receive treatment, either to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence or to manage their cancer as a chronic disease. No matter how it is defined, survivorship is unique for every patient. As more people are surviving cancer, it is becoming increasingly more important to address life changes after cancer treatment.
Benefits of Survivorship Support Group
At Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology, patients are introduced to the concept of survivorship at their first visit and providers address it continuously throughout their care. A free monthly “Survivorship Support Group” meets from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. At this informal gathering, specialists present on topics such as exercise, nutrition, coping, healing and sexuality, just to name a few. Patients, family and caregivers are encouraged to attend.
For more information, call (920) 749-1171.