Although cancer survivorship begins the moment someone is diagnosed with
cancer, most patients begin thinking about themselves as a survivor after
they have finished active treatment. Survivorship means not just being
alive, but achieving one's optimal level of health and well-being.
Being a cancer survivor holds its own challenges including:
- Adjusting to "a new normal"
- Coping with lasting side effects of treatment
- Physical and emotional recovery
- Worry about disease recurrance
- Return to work and normal activities
- Achieving the best possible level of health and wellness
The oncology nurses at the Torrance Memorial
Cancer Resource Center offer education and guidance to assist cancer survivors. A partner with
the UCLA-LIVESTRONG Cancer Survivorship Center of Excellence, the Advance
Practice Nurses at the Cancer Resource Center offer information on diet,
exercise, and other lifestyle modifications that can enhance recovery
and reduce the risk of recurrence.
UCLA-LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence Partnership
Torrance Memorial is proud of the partnership with the UCLA-LIVESTRONG™
Survivorship Center of Excellence Network. This invitation-only collaboration
is extended to Torrance Memorial from the
Lance Armstrong Foundation as a community affiliate of the UCLA Medical Center. This collaboration
provides Torrance Memorial with involvement in survivorship research and
resources for developing programs and services to better meet the needs
of cancer survivors.
An essential component of the Cancer Resource Center is the Cancer Survivorship
Program in partnership with the UCLA-LIVESTRONG™ Cancer Survivorship
Center of Excellence. The program transforms the idea of cancer care and
education by maintaining as strong a connection with patients in recovery.
The oncology nurses at the Cancer Resource Center can assist with a variety
of survivorship concerns including gathering a copy of your medical record
for your personal files, identifying the best strategies to maximize wellness,
and outline a plan for follow-up care to make sure you get the health
monitoring you need during the important years that follow cancer treatment.
Finding New Meaning
Cancer survivors can experience profound emotions after active treatment
is complete. Survival from this serious illness inspires in many a re-examination
of their lives. It is common to question where your life has taken you
and where it is heading. Surviving cancer give patients a cause to celebrate
and a reason to move forward with their lives. An excellent resource to
help you explore this and other related issues commonly experienced by
cancer survivors is the National Cancer Institute
Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment booklet.
Contact the Torrance Memorial Cancer Survivorship Program by calling 310-517-4665
or by e-mailing us at
Cancer Resource Center continues with their guidance services through survivorship. Each patient
or loved one is guided by an Advanced Practice Oncology Nurse to connect
with community resources including
support groups, exercise programs and volunteer opportunities.
The Cancer Survivorship Advanced Practice Nurses will assist you to organize
important information and documents concerning your cancer treatment.
Once you have gathered all of this important information, we recommend
you give a copy to your health care providers to help them understand
your future health care needs. Download the
Torrance Memorial Treatment Record now to begin organizing all your information.
Oncology Rehabilitation Program
The Torrance Memorial
Oncology Rehabilitation Program can provide an assessment of physical problems including lymphedema that
result from cancer treatment, and develop a program to assist the cancer
survivor to regain his or her optimal level of functioning.
Studies suggest that the best way to lower the risk of many types of cancer
is through regular exercise. Feeling physically fit and vital is a goal
of most people and contributes to a person's quality of life. The
Health Education department offers a wide variety of free or low-cost exercise and wellness
South Bay Cancer Survivorship Consortium
The South Bay Survivorship Consortium is made up of a oncology specialists
in the community and includes Advance Practice Nurses from Torrance Memorial
Hunt Cancer Institute and Cancer Care Associates Medical Group, and physicians
from California Hematology Oncology Medical Group and Health Care Partners
Medical Group. The group offers lectures on topics of interest to cancer
survivors throughout the year.
Learn more about the activities of the
South Bay Cancer Survivorship Consortium.