Lance Armstrong backs new clinic at SCCA open to LTFU participants
Survival rates for cancer patients continue to increase dramatically, with as many as 10 million cancer survivors now living in the United States.
While that's great news, each survivor has different needs after cancer treatment, including a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. Many survivors discover that treatment is only part of the equation and it's often followed by a new stage in their lives. They face new life situations and goals, but they also face unique health care needs that must be addressed.
That's especially true for Long-Term Follow-Up Program participants who want to maintain and improve health, and to care for present and future physical and emotional needs.
One avenue open to LTFU participants under the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program is participation in the Medical Oncology Survivorship Team clinic, better known as the MOST Clinic*. To LTFU participants, the MOST Clinic should be seen as a supplemental service that's available to them. It simply offers another way to help them lead healthy lives.
When should an LTFU participant sign up for MOST? An LTFU nurse can help you discuss your options. Each clinic at SCCA meets specific needs.
The MOST Clinic was designed to meet the unique health care needs of long-term survivors of cancer. At its heart, the program focuses on keeping participants healthy.
The MOST Clinic addresses many of the physical and emotional complications that can come after cancer and its treatments. Some of these complications include long-term physical health effects, or emotional effects like sadness, or school and work problems. For many survivors, these late effects are minimal. With education, help, and support, survivors can take charge of their health and manage or prevent these problems.
As part of the MOST clinic, patients are given a thorough screening and health evaluation by the medical staff, which is made up of professionals who have dedicated themselves to learning about and dealing with survivorship issues.
Those who participate in MOST will receive a Survivorship Care Plan that lists all of the therapeutic and medical information that is related to a patient's diagnosis and any possible long-term effects a patient may experience. The Survivorship Care Plan will have recommendations for patients and their health care providers. It's meant to keep a patient as healthy and as informed as possible. Survivors also may receive information on nutrition, exercise, or counseling to help them optimize their health long after cancer treatment.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Survivorship Program at (866) 543-4272 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The Lance Armstrong Foundation awarded a five-year grant to establish the clinic in 2006.