The Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute offers all patients the opportunity to be a part of our Survivorship Program. The Meg Berté Owen Survivorship Program focuses on promoting activities that reduce the late effects of cancer treatment, improving and encouraging surveillance for recurring cancers and second malignancies, as well as addressing the psychosocial needs of patients and their families. Major areas of interest include the assessment and management of anxiety, depression, fatigue, chronic pain, employment, disability, insurability, sexuality, nutrition and fertility. Genetic assessment of patients and their families with a potential for inherited cancer syndromes is encouraged. For more information, please call 860.533.2957.
The Nurse Navigator and Survivorship Navigator work closely to
provide comprehensive care to patients, their loved ones and caregivers.
At the time of diagnosis, the Nurse Navigator sees the patient and
then refers them to the Survivorship Navigator to address psychosocial
needs. In addition, the Nurse & Survivorship Navigators will
host support groups for patients, their loved ones and caregivers.
A Cancer Survivorship Care Plan is a comprehensive summary about the survivor’s cancer diagnosis and treatment, and a post-treatment plan between the Survivor’s oncology team, a primary care physician and other health care professionals.
The Survivorship Care Plan is provided by the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute Meg Berte’ Owen Survivorship Program. It is available to all cancer survivors who have completed a course of treatment and is delivered to the primary care physician and any specialty physicians.
A Nurse Navigator prepares the Survivorship Care Plan and schedules an appointment with the survivor to go over the Plan. In addition, the Survivorship Navigator meets with the survivor to provide resources and support to settle in to the “new normal”.
The Survivorship Care Plan includes:
- Cancer diagnosis with specific information about type and stage
- Cancer treatment including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy
- Follow-up care including the best schedule for follow-up tests
- Symptoms to watch for potential late effects of cancer treatment
- Support resources for patients and physicians
The Navigator appointments and Survivorship Care Plan are all provided free of charge. Please call the Survivorship Navigator at 860.533.2957 to schedule an appointment.