Established in 2006, the Survivorship Clinic is the only dedicated, multidisciplinary resource for adult cancer survivors in the state of Connecticut. The growing number of cancer survivors requires specialists with expertise in addressing unique concerns of cancer survivors. Our specialists provide the most up-to-date information to address medical, nutritional, physical, and emotional concerns that many survivors experience after treatment is completed. We would be happy to meet you whether you have recently completed treatment, are decades from diagnosis, or are living with cancer as a chronic condition.
Specialized Team Care
The Smilow Cancer Hospital Survivorship Clinic is comprised of a team of leading clinicians. The team educates survivors on the prevention, detection, and treatment of complications resulting from cancer treatment. At the Survivorship Clinic, patients are counseled by a medical oncologist, a nurse practitioner, a registered dietitian, a physical therapist, and a clinical social worker. A survivorship coordinator supports cancer survivors throughout their visit and follow-up consultations.
Customized Treatment Plans
Prior to the clinic visit, the team reviews the patient’s past cancer diagnosis and treatment history. On the day of the clinic, patients discuss their concerns with the providers through patient-centered conversations. This information helps the team design an individualized treatment summary and survivorship care plan for each patient with customized recommendations in the following areas:
- Individualized surveillance and screening guidelines and medical provider identification
- Wellness education tailored to cancer type and treatment history
- Psychosocial support for survivors and their families
- Nutritional counseling
- Exercise and fitness recommendations
At the conclusion of the visit, patients leave the Survivorship Clinic with a written plan tailored to their specific needs and concerns. A copy of this plan is also sent to their referring physician or primary caregiver.
Patients at the Survivorship Clinic also have the opportunity to receive referral-based services for cancer survivors. These services include:
- Genetic counseling
- Community mental health providers
- Integrative medicine resources including reiki, massage, etc.
- Neurocognitive assessment
- Sexual health
- Tobacco treatment
- Referrals to community exercise programs and physical therapy