Cancer Survivorship & Support
There are millions of people in the United States who are cancer survivors. Many say that they felt they had lots of support during their treatment, but it was difficult to make a transition to a new way of life. It is like entering a whole new world making adjustments to new feelings, new problems and different ways of looking at the world.
What are the Stages of Cancer Survivorship?
Cancer survivorship has three distinct phases: living through, with and beyond cancer.
Living with cancer refers to the experience of receiving a cancer diagnosis and any treatment that may follow. During this time:
- Patients will undergo treatment and may be asked to join a clinical trial to study new cancer therapies.
- Patients and their caregivers may be offered services to help cope with emotional, psychological and financial concerns.
Living through cancer is the period following treatment in which the risk of cancer recurring is relatively high. Many patients are relieved that treatment is over, but anxious about no longer seeing their cancer doctor on a regular basis. During this stage:
- Patients typically see their cancer doctor two to four times a year depending on their circumstances.
Living beyond cancer refers to post-treatment and long-term survivorship. While two out of three survivors say their lives return to normal, one-third report continuing physical, psychosocial or financial consequences. During this stage:
- Most survivors go back to the care of their primary physician.
- Ideally, survivors will have developed a long-term health care plan with their cancer doctor to be implemented by their primary physician.
Survivorship Support Services
At Orange Regional Medical Center, we are committed to offering the best available survivorship services. We are proud of our affiliation with the American Cancer Society (ACS) which partners with us to provide additional resources to cancer patients. For cancer patients going through treatment, the ACS sponsors the Ride to Recovery Program providing free rides to and from cancer treatments.
The ACS also supports our patient navigator services with additional volunteer navigators. Their role is to listen and address the patient’s and caregiver’s non-medical needs such as transportation and financial assistance, among others. They work hard to identify and provide available resources to meet needs during a difficult time and work closely with our Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator.
Patient Navigation Program
Our Patient Navigators are specially-trained to help guide and support you and your family through your cancer care treatment and recovery. Meet our navigators.
Orange Regional offers several support groups to the community to provide support before, during or after treatment for various types of cancer, including: Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Oral, Head & Neck Cancer, and more.
View below to explore our upcoming cancer support groups meeting dates, healing yoga classes and more in our online community calendar. To register or for more information, call 1-888-321-6762
From cancer support groups and screenings to our clinical trials program, we provide comprehensive cancer care. If you or a loved one has cancer, count on Orange Regional’s experienced physicians, compassionate staff and live-saving technologies to fight the battle, together with you.
Should you have any questions about your stay at Orange Regional Medical Center or about planning to visit a family or friend who is a patient, do not hesitate to contact us at 845-333-1000.