You’re a Survivor. Now What?
We are your partner in this journey, and we want to help you every step of the way. While the end of cancer treatment is a joyful time, it also can come with challenges, fears and uncertainty. Our specially trained professionals are here to help you understand and embrace your new life as a cancer survivor.
Some of the questions you may have as a cancer survivor are about your medical care. Our doctors and nurses will help you understand your active treatment plan and the importance of follow-up care after your treatment is complete. You are always welcome to ask questions and request information in writing.
- Women’s Cancer Clinic — Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic
- General Cancer Resources
- Breast Cancer Resources
Survivorship programs at UAMS Cancer Institute include:
- Survivorship Clinic (Currently in a pilot phase for breast cancer survivors only, this clinic is expected to expand in the future.)
- Support Groups
- Clinical oncology social workers with special training in the needs of cancer patients and their families
- Oncology dietitians to assist you understand your nutritional needs following cancer treatment
- Referrals to genetic counseling specialists as needed
- Referrals to occupational or physical therapists as needed
- Referrals to fertility specialists and counseling on reproductive issues related to cancer treatment
- Programs to help you cope with the appearance changes and hair loss that often come with cancer treatment
- Chaplains to provide emotional and spiritual support for patients, family members and friends
- Community Fitness Program offering water wellness programs and a fitness center designed to help you return to an active lifestyle
- Programs to help you quit smoking
- Symptom management services to help improve your quality of life through pain management and stress reduction
- Behavioral Medicine Clinic offering support for patients and family members with a range of medical and stress-related disorders
- Online patient resources through the UAMS Library
- Educational opportunities for health care professionals interested in learning more about survivorship issues
Ask your oncologist which programs could help you, and let him or her know your concerns. For more information, visit the National Cancer Institute’s website to learn about survivorship issues including physical changes, family concerns, follow-up care and coping tips.