Life After Cancer Treatment
Now more than ever, most people can expect to live a long, full life even
after being diagnosed with cancer. Being a “cancer survivor”
actually begins the moment you are diagnosed with cancer but, for most
patients, it’s natural to begin thinking of themselves as survivors
once the active treatment phase is complete.
We believe that the term “survivorship” doesn’t just
describe being alive, but also means achieving your optimal level of health
and well-being. At Torrance Memorial, we are committed to providing support,
encouragement and, when you need it, the care that helps you achieve those goals.
According to people who’ve had cancer, being a “cancer survivor”
brings certain challenges, including:
- Adjusting to a "new normal"
- Coping with lasting side effects of treatment
- Physical and emotional recovery
- Worry about disease recurrence
- Return to work and normal activities
- Achieving the best possible level of health and wellness
To help you organize all the information about your cancer treatments we
recommend you download
MY CANCER TREATMENT SUMMARY.
The Torrance Memorial Cancer Survivorship Program was developed in partnership with the
UCLA-LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence Network. This invitation-only collaboration was extended to Torrance Memorial
from the Lance Armstrong Foundation as a community affiliate of the UCLA
Medical Center. This collaboration provided Torrance Memorial with involvement
in survivorship research and resources for developing programs and services
and has enabled us to better meet the needs of cancer survivors in our
Finding New Meaning
Cancer survivors can experience profound emotions after active treatment
is complete. Overcoming this serious illness inspires many to re-examine
their lives and personal goals. It is common to question where your life
has taken you and where it is heading and to explore changes that will
make life more fulfilling. 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 310-517-7077
or by e-mailing us at
Torrance Memorial Survivorship Programs
Survivorship programs at Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s Hunt
Cancer Institute include:
South Bay Survivorship Consortium
The South Bay Survivorship Consortium is made up of oncology specialists
in the community and includes Advance Practice Nurses from
Torrance Memorial Hunt Cancer Institute and
Torrance Memorial Physician Network Cancer Care, 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.
Breast Cancer Survivorship
Enormous strides have been made in the treatment of breast cancer; so much
so that here in the United States there are more survivors of breast cancer
than any other form of cancer.
Our country’s three-million-plus breast cancer survivors are a living
testament to the efficacy of early detection and treatment for breast
cancer. The most important thing that women who’ve had breast cancer
can do to enhance survivorship is to continue to get regular screenings
and examinations, but that’s just the beginning. Learn more about
how we support breast cancer survivors at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
Breast Cancer Survivorship Program
Torrance Memorial Cancer Survivorship