Survivorship is a new area of the cancer care pathway that refers to life after a diagnosis of cancer, throughout treatment and the years thereafter.
The main elements of effective survivorship care include cancer surveillance, prevention of cancer recurrence, the management of late effects and overall health.
In the past, the term ‘cancer survivor’ was used to describe someone cured of their cancer. This usually meant someone who was free of disease 5-10 years after treatment. Nowadays, Survivorship refers to life after a diagnosis of cancer; from the moment cancer is found, throughout treatment and the years thereafter.
Survivorship, in this context, is the pursuit of optimal health of the body and mind to increase quality of life.
Flinders Cancer Survivorship Program
The Flinders Cancer Survivorship Program provides a comprehensive assessment to identify and address patient concerns, thereby ensuring that cancer survivors maintain their health and wellness and minimise any adverse effects of their cancer and treatment.
This program will operate out of the FCIC, providing assessment and advice to patients completing acute cancer treatments including the provision of:
- A treatment summary and a follow up care plan.
- The follow up care plan can be undertaken in consultation with a Flinders specialist and a GP or any other health professionals that have been involved in providing treatment.
- Discuss of potential late effects that may be experienced and how these effects can be identified and managed.
- Healthy lifestyle recommendations and resources
- Links to groups and other services in the community.