HEALTH ALERT!  For the safety of our patients and staff, effective March 30, 2020, new patients and patients with disabilities will be permitted one visitor over the age of 15. No other visitors will be permitted into the clinic.  Family members and caretakers may participate in the appointments remotely by phone or video conference if desired. Compass is working with other health care providers in the area to help contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus. We are taking active steps to minimize your exposure to the virus. These steps include screening everyone who enters the clinic for signs of illness, banning most visitors in the clinic, minimizing our own staffing and allowing some employees to work from home, and frequent sanitation of the clinic. We are using personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, gloves, and face-shields according to national guidelines. We are working to identify those patients whose visits or treatments can be safely delayed, and we will notify you of this if you have an upcoming visit.  We ask that you stay home if you have fever and/or cough.

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Cancer Survivorship

Managing Continuing Side-Effects as a Cancer Survivor

As a cancer survivor, even though your cancer treatments have ended and your oncologist has given you the green light to resume your pre-cancer activities such as exercise, work, and regular outings, you may not feel entirely back to your pre-cancer self. Chemotherapy and other cancer treatment drugs, radiation therapy, and surgeries that were used to treat cancer often have long-term (sometimes even permanent) side effects.

More Research is Being Conducted on Long-term Treatment Effects

Cancer survival rates have increased and will continue to increase, according to the National Cancer Institute. By 2026, the organization expects the number of survivors to reach 20.3 million, which is an increase of 31% (more than 4 million survivors) over a 10-year period. With cancer survival rates steadily climbing, there’s increasing interest in the survivors’ quality of life.

This increasing interest in survivors’ side effects has prompted research into understanding which treatments produce fewer side effects after treatment is over.  

Side Effects that Cancer Survivors May Experience

Just as every patient’s cancer is treated with a unique, tailored approach, lingering treatment side effects vary from survivor to survivor. Some people experience no long-term side effects at all. Others experience several. Some of the long-term side effects of cancer treatment include:

If you’re experiencing any of these side effects or any type of pain, make sure to let your cancer care team know. Our survivorship providers can help with learning how to manage these side effects.