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Survivorship: Continuing the Journey After Treatment

Cancer treatment can impact your health or your life even after treatment is completed. Your Texas Oncology care team can help you with the transition from treatment to wellness, and what many call “the new normal.”

Texas Oncology’s survivorship programs help patients traverse life after cancer. The program’s goal is simple – empowerment.

Within one to three months after treatment concludes, we will contact you to schedule a meeting with an advanced practice provider, nurse practitioner, or nurse to:

  • Review your care plan and goals for achieving wellness 
  • Address any symptoms of concerns you may be having
  • Educate you on potential long-term side effects of therapy
  • Recommend lifestyle changes to help prevent cancer recurrence
  • Discuss surveillance and monitoring of your health
  • Link you to community resources
  • Develop a survivorship document that improves communication and collaboration with your primary care physician

Care Plan: You will be given a care plan with all of your cancer treatment documented for your records. The care team will also discuss ways to continue or begin healthy lifestyle changes to maintain wellness.

Surveillance and Monitoring: Completing treatment is a major milestone, but it’s important to keep an eye on your health and monitor for any changes or new symptoms. You will continue to see your care team periodically. The appointments will be more frequent at first (i.e., every three months for the first year) and become less frequent over time.

Community Resources: Texas Oncology works with community organizations to connect patients to resources outside of the care team that fit your interests and needs.

Primary Care Physician: Our survivorship document ensures that your primary care physician knows your complete treatment history and what to expect moving forward. If you do not have a primary care physician, we can help you find one.

Your care team is here to help you make the transition to survivorship and will be here should you need us after treatment is completed.