Congratulations on moving to the next phase of your cancer journey, long-term survivorship. The Breast Cancer Survivorship Program is here to help you navigate your way through your questions and concerns. This may have been a very busy time for you, with multiple doctors' appointments, changes to your body and managing the effects of treatment. As you look forward to feeling well again and establishing your "new normal" we're pleased to extend an invitation to you to participate in the Torrance Memorial Medical Center Breast Cancer Survivorship Program.
The Cancer Survivorship Program at Torrance Memorial is the result of our affiliation with UCLA/LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence program. For more information visit UCLA/LIVESTRONG™ Surivorship Center of Excellence and the new
Young Breast Cancer Survivorship Program.
The goal of our program is to help you prepare for and successfully embark on your future once your treatment is complete. An Oncology Nurse who specializes in cancer survivorship is available to work 1-on-1 with you to answer your questions, assist you in organizing the important documents describing your cancer treatment and address any health concerns you might have. To contact the Breast Cancer Survivorship Nurse call 310-517-4665 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know the completion of active treatment can be a transitional time. The side effects of cancer and its treatment can be both physicial and emotional. Coping with complex and sometimes conflicting feelings about diagnosis, treatment and survivorship can be made easier by the use of individual or group counseling. Click here to learn more about available support services and programs.
At Torrance Memorial Medical Center we believe that finding ways to live beyond your breast cancer is important as well as identifying and achieving your personal health and well-being goals. Experience has shown us that keeping track of where you've been and setting a plan for the future are essential steps in the process of finding your way.
We encourage you to download the following tools to help you map a path for your future:
Survivorship To-Do List
Locate useful resources and learn what medical records are important to keep for the future.
Breast Cancer Treatment Record
Organize important information and documents concerning your cancer treatment. Once you've filled in all your information give a copy of this to your primary care physician. The Breast Cancer Treatment Record will provide your primary care physician with an excellent overview of all the treatments you've had and information that is important for planning your future healthcare needs.
Breast Cancer Follow-Up Care
Use this document to talk to your cancer physicians as you work with them to develop your follow up plan. While not all follow up tests may be applicable to you this is a great way to start a conversation with your doctor about what kind of follow up tests and studies you can expect for the next few years.
If you're concerned about long term effects of your cancer or your cancer treatment download an action plan. Each plan gives provides information about a specific health problem, some management strategies and resource information to learn more about it.
Oncology Rehabilitation Program
One of the most important aspects of your cancer journey may be physical recovery to feel healthy and energized. The Torrance Memorial Rehabilitation Department's team of Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapists provides assessment, an individualized program and personalized coaching to help cancer survivors achieve their optimal level of functioning. Click here to view the details of our program and download the physician referral form.
To view a brief video on how to begin an exercise program click here.
Other Breast Cancer Survivorship Resources
From the National Cancer Institute call 800-422-6237 or click here for additional information.
Moving Beyond Breast Cancer
A short film in which several women who have completed their breast cancer treatment identify the strategies they use to help move them back into the rhythm of their lives. Click here to view the film.
Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment
Information about post treatment issues such as follow-up medical care and practical ways of managing physical and emotional changes, and changes in social and work relationships. To read it now click here.
Call 1-800-813-HOPE (4673) or visit www.cancercare.org for information.
The CancerCare.org booklet After Treatment Ends: Tools for the Adult Cancer Survivor addresses many topics that you may find helpful as a cancer survivor. To read it now click here.