Survivorship & Long Term Follow-Up Care
A cancer "survivor" often describes anybody who has had cancer, even if treatment has just begun. We consider survivorship to include anybody who is Living With, Living Through, and Living Beyond a cancer diagnosis and its treatments. Our Survivorship Program is for any patient who has had cancer and is meant to address how the whole person can be affected by cancer and its treatments.
We understand that cancer can affect patients & families mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and financially for years after treatment is done. The Survivorship program manages these issues along with any other late and long term side effects that occur during treatment and the recovery period after.
Once treatment is completed, each patient will receive a summary outlining their cancer diagnosis and staging, therapies received, and a detailed, individualized follow up plan. This Treatment Summary will be shared with each patient’s primary care provider and other members of the health care team as needed.
Clinic visits will alternate between the oncology doctor and the Survivorship Nurse Practitioner, Syndal Ortman, RN, DNP as part of regular follow up visits. Each visit focuses on the patient’s needs regarding symptom management and support, including the potential need for cancer rehabilitation in our certified STAR Program.
Our Mission & Vision
To provide the best possible care to all patients living with, living through, and living beyond a cancer diagnosis through education, health promotion, rehabilitation, and early intervention of late and long term side effects.
To be a leader in cancer survivorship for all patients from the time of diagnosis and beyond.
Appointments & Additional Information
If you are interested in more information on our cancer Survivorship program, please speak with your provider or contact the HCMC Comprehensive Cancer Center for referral information.
Patients with a history of cancer treated at other health care facilities are also eligible for our Survivorship program and Long Term Follow Up with HCMC.
- American Cancer Society, National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center
- American Institute for Cancer Research
- Cancer Legal Line
- Cancer and Careers
- Children’s Oncology Group – Long-Term Follow-Up Guidelines for Survivors of Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers
- LIVESTRONG Foundation
- National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
- Oncology Rehab Partners
American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program
The Patient Navigator provides free cancer information such as how to cope with side effects of treatment, and planning for survivorship. For more information, contact Linda Herrera at 612-873-9902.
Look Good...Feel Better
The Look good...Feel Better program helps patients improve their self-image, appearance and quality of life. For more information, call the American Cancer Society Patient Navigator at 612-873-9902.
Sage Cancer Screening Program
The Sage Cancer Screening Program provides free office visits for breast and cervical exams, as well as mammograms and Pap smears. For more information, call 1-888-6HEALTH or access the Minnesota Department of Health website.