About the Survivorship Clinic

Photo: Patient consulting with the VM survivorship team."I've finished my treatment and am cancer free. Now what?" "What do I need to do to keep myself healthy?" "Are there things I should know about my health now that I am a cancer survivor?"

The Cancer Survivorship Clinic at the Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason works with survivors to answer these and many other questions.

Surviving cancer has a unique and very personal meaning for each individual. Adjusting to life beyond cancer, often referred to by many individuals as, their "new normal" life, can bring on varying emotions, questions and uncertainty. When treatment ends, you may expect life to return to the way it was before you were diagnosed with cancer. But it can take time to recover. Many move forward with few or no lingering problems. However some cancer survivors find that, even after completing their treatments and being deemed cancer-free, they still experience lingering effects of treatment and face new problems and challenges.

The Cancer Survivorship Clinic provides you with vital information about your cancer care. We believe in the importance of a comprehensive view of your health. This program does not replace regular care with your cancer specialists and other providers. Rather, it is designed to augment and enhance the quality of follow-up care by providing additional resources, information and education about your cancer and potential long-term or late effects from your treatment.

View the types of cancer supported by the Survivorship Clinic.

Cancer Survivorship Background
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), an individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis, through the balance of his or her life. Family members, friends and caregivers are also impacted by the survivorship experience and are included in this definition.

The growing number of people living beyond cancer has prompted researchers to better understand the physical, social and economic effects of survivorship. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recognized the importance of addressing the many needs of cancer survivors and developed a committee to focus on improving care and quality of life for survivors. They then identified essential components of survivorship care and strongly recommended instituting survivorship programs.

Survivorship programs are a now considered a vital and integral part of comprehensive cancer care. They provide education, clinical care, and a variety of other resources and services to cancer patients and their loved ones as they adapt to the changes in their lives.