Breast Cancer Survivorship
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
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
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
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
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