Established in 2006, the Survivorship Clinic at Smilow Cancer Hospital was the first dedicated, multidisciplinary resource for cancer survivors in Connecticut to provide patients and their families with vital information on cancer prevention, wellness, supportive services, and the latest health research related to cancer survivorship.
The Smilow Cancer Hospital Survivorship Clinic has a team of leading clinicians who educate survivors on the prevention, detection, and treatment of complications resulting from cancer treatment. 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.
Prior to the clinic visit, the team reviews the patient’s past cancer diagnosis and treatment history. On the day of the visit, patients discuss their concerns with the providers. This information helps the team design an individualized treatment summary and survivorship care plan for each patient with customized recommendations in the following areas:
Surveillance and screening guidelines and medical provider identification
Wellness education tailored to cancer type and treatment history
Psychosocial support for survivors and their families
Exercise and fitness recommendations
At the conclusion of the visit, patients leave 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 also have the opportunity to receive the following referral-based services:
Community mental health providers
Integrative medicine resources including reiki, massage, etc.
Referrals to community exercise programs and physical therapy