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Survivorship

In recognizing that life after a cancer diagnosis can be anything but ordinary, Georgia Cancer Specialists is committed to providing comprehensive survivorship care.  Survivorship is a broad term that includes not only those who have been diagnosed with cancer, but also includes the friends and family members of people who have a cancer diagnosis.  Cancer patients during their acute treatment period have an abundance of support and helpful information, but following the initial treatment period many survivors often feel at a loss for support, may have unanswered questions, and may have  changes in their lives that affect them physically, emotionally, spiritually, and economically.

At Georgia Cancer Specialists we strive to provide patients with comprehensive survivorship care which includes not only providing patients with a full and detailed treatment plan before their treatment, but also includes a complete treatment summary upon completion of their prescribed course of therapy. This treatment summary is a detailed individualized care plan for survivorship care that includes interventions and care for the physical, psychosocial, social, and spiritual needs that patients may have. Our comprehensive survivorship program is a multidisciplinary program designed to help patients recover, cope, and to thrive through their entire cancer diagnosis spectrum; both at the time of diagnosis, and even beyond the completion of therapy.

Patients who participate in our survivorship program are provided with the following:

  • A detailed treatment plan at the onset of treatment
  • A detailed treatment summary after the completion of initial therapy
  • An individualized care plan for follow-up and surveillance for any recurrent disease based upon national guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
  •  A plan to minimize disease recurrence that includes overall health and wellness
  • An individualized plan of care that addresses any physical, psychosocial, social, practical, and spiritual needs
  • Access to institutional and community resources for cancer survivors
  • Genetic screening for those who may be at risk for cancer due to genetic susceptibility
  • Access to nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nutritionists, and social workers who are all trained in providing survivorship care

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