At the Cancer Center of Southeast Texas we consider a survivor as anyone who’s been diagnosed with cancer. Survivorship starts at the time of disease diagnosis and continues throughout the rest of the patient’s life.
What are the Stages of Cancer Survivorship?
Cancer survivorship has three distinct phases: living through, living with and living beyond cancer.
Living with cancer refers to the experience of receiving a cancer diagnosis and any treatment that may follow. During this time:
Living through cancer is the period following treatment in which the risk of cancer recurring is relatively high. Many patients are relieved that treatment is over, but anxious about no longer seeing their cancer doctor on a regular basis. During this stage:
Living beyond cancer refers to post-treatment and long-term survivorship. While two out of three survivors say their lives return to normal, one-third report continuing physical, psychosocial or financial consequences. During this stage:
- You will generally see your cancer doctor anywhere from 2-4 times throughout a year.
- Most survivors go back to the care of their primary physician for everyday needs.
- Ideally, survivors will have developed a long-term health care plan with their cancer doctor regarding frequency of blood work, imaging studies and follow ups.
Patients with medi-port’s will require routine maintenance and flushing of their medi-port. This is usually preformed every 6-8 weeks. We ask that patients leave their medi-ports in place for a minimum of 2 years.