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Survivorship

Siteman Cancer Center’s Survivorship Program

Did you know? Cancer specialists and the National Cancer Institute call you a cancer survivor from the moment you are diagnosed with cancer. That’s because you and everyone involved in your care are all focused on providing the best care possible to optimize your chances for recovery.

At Siteman Cancer Center, our Survivorship Program focuses on maintaining a lifelong connection with all of our cancer patients so that you can embrace life to the fullest. This includes offering services that meet the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of you as our patient and your family or caregivers.

Our team in the Survivorship Program can link you to onsite or community resources, such as free counseling services and cancer support groups, or direct you to case managers who can assist with financial concerns. We also know about the possibility of lingering side effects after treatment, such as fatigue and memory loss,  and can answer your questions about available options.

Need help in eating healthier or in quitting smoking? We can connect you to those resources, too. The important thing to realize is that we are here for you throughout your entire lifetime. You don’t have to face anxiety, questions or concerns alone. We’re here to help whenever you need us. Just call the Survivorship Program office at (314) 747-1792.

Siteman Cancer Center’s Survivorship Program. Your Partner for Life.

Symptoms after cancer treatment is over

You’ve beaten your cancer, but have lingering problems with fatigue, memory or numbness in your body.  For some individuals, there are side effects that can develop not only during cancer treatment, but months or even years after cancer treatment.

The good news is that you can continue working with our cancer care team long after treatment to address these symptoms, whether they are physical or emotional. In many cases, effective rehabilitation and treatment options are available. Talk with your physician or a member of the Siteman Cancer Center’s Survivorship Program if you have any ongoing concerns.  We want you to enjoy life to the fullest and we’re here to help.

Some of the most common lingering effects after cancer treatment are:

Survivorship Resources

Free Counseling & Emotional Support

Through the Barnard Health and Cancer Information Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine, you and your family can access free counseling services. These services are highly beneficial if you are experiencing anxiety or depression and need help to learn coping strategies. Hundreds of patients have benefitted from our counseling services and we are here to provide this support whenever you may need it throughout your lifetime. To make an appointment, call the Barnard Health and Cancer Information Center: (314) 362-7844.

Learn more about patient and family services

Nutritional Counseling

Our licensed registered dietitians are available during and after treatment to discuss nutritional supplements, healthier food choices, and coping strategies for lingering taste or nutritional concerns post-cancer treatment. For more information call (314) 454-7619.

Free Smoking Cessation Classes

If you are interested or want more information to quit smoking there are some options to choose from to meet your needs.

You can enroll in a free, six-week program through the Barnard Health and Cancer Information Center. For more information call (314) 362-7844 or click here.

Group Freedom from Smoking Clinic, seven week session, held in evenings from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, call 314-362-7844 or email snyderbe@wusm.wustl.edu to register.

Washington University Center for Smoking Cessation: One-on-one counseling, 314-747-QUIT (314-747-7848) or email quitsmoking@wustl.edu.

Tobacco Quitline: Individual telephone counseling, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

On-Line Quit Plan: Supportive texts, smartphone application, and calendar, smokefree.gov.

Pain Management Services

Siteman Cancer Center has a dedicated Pain Management Center with a multidisciplinary team of specialists who focus solely on pain management during and after cancer treatment. For more information, call (314) 362-8820.

Dealing with Memory Loss

Through Washington University’s Program in Occupational Therapy, we have specialists who can help you cope with cognitive changes such as short-term memory loss, trouble concentrating (sometimes called “chemo brain”), and difficulty in decision-making. Talk with your care provider for a referral for these services. For more information call (314) 286-1669 or email wuotinfo@wusm.wustl.edu

Treatment for Lingering Physical Effects

Talk with our Survivorship Program team about any concerns you may have related to fatigue, lymphedema (swelling of arms and legs), changes in sexual function, muscle weakness, numbness, tingling, skin changes, or anemia. While these are often lingering physical effects after cancer treatment, there are options available to help you recover from these or minimize their impact.

Free Cancer Support Groups

Sometimes, it’s just nice to talk with others who are experiencing — or have already experienced — the same cancer journey. At Siteman Cancer Center we offer two onsite support groups and can link you to other cancer support groups in the community or at our satellite treatment locations.

  • Gynecology Oncology Survivors Group
  • Young Breast Cancer Survivors Group
  • Prostate Cancer Support Group
  • Look Good…Feel Better for Women
  • Caregiver Support Group

View dates on our calendar

Support Groups Offered in the Community

Your Cancer Record—the Cancer Survivorship Care Plan

When you complete your treatment protocol with us, your Siteman Cancer Center provider will review a Survivorship Care Plan with you. This document serves as a snapshot of your cancer care. Although this is not a substitute for your complete medical record, the Survivorship Care Plan briefly summarizes

  • Your initial diagnosis
  • Names of your doctors
  • Surgical findings, if any
  • Specifics about what treatments you received
  • What ongoing medications you will take for your cancer diagnosis
  • Schedule of recommended follow-up visits and tests
  • Potential side effects from your cancer treatment
  • Recommended lifestyle and behaviors

The plan is shared with both you and your primary care provider so that you have ready access to the basic information about your cancer diagnosis and care while at the Siteman Cancer Center.

It is vital that you keep your recommended follow-up visits as noted in the care plan. Call your cancer care provider with any questions you may have after reviewing your follow-up plan.

If you have any additional questions or concerns about life after cancer treatment, just give us a call.

Debra Spoljaric, RN, MSN
Survivorship Program Manager
Siteman Cancer Center
(314) 747-1792