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

Getting Support After Cancer

You’re a cancer survivor now. Your cancer treatments are over, including frequent visits to the cancer center and the consistent check-ins with your cancer care team. You might feel a little bit “on your own” after treatment is over and you may be wondering, “Now what?”

You may feel excited and grateful but also may feel anxious or scared. That’s entirely normal! Every survivor is different and every survivor’s life circumstances are different. Transitioning back to a “normal” life can take a little time and some help. Your cancer care team can help you with the next steps. Here are some good steps to take after cancer treatment is over.

Get a Follow-Up Care Plan

After cancer treatment ends, you’ll see your cancer doctors less often in follow up. When you meet with our suvivorship provider, they help you understand what to expect for folow up care after treatment. One of the biggest sources of anxiety for survivors is fear of recurrence. Knowing that you have a comprehensive follow-up care plan in place will help alleviate this fear.

Get Organized

Since you will see your cancer-care team less frequently, you’ll once again rely more often on non-oncology doctors for your routine medical needs. It’s important that all of your doctors are well-informed about the type of cancer you had and how you were treated for it. Because cancer treatments may cause side effects that show up months or years after treatment ends, your doctors need to know what to watch for. Make sure you have detailed copies of your personal health records you can share with your doctors.

Our survivorship providers prepare a detailed treatment summary that includes the vital details about your cancer care. This document is also shared with your non-oncology doctors.

Get Emotional Support

No one understands how you’re feeling like other survivors who have walked a similar path. Cancer survivor support groups are safe spaces to discuss struggles, worries, and emotions that are common after treatment ends.

Any major life change can be a bit scary. It’s normal that you may fear this transition from cancer patient to cancer survivor, and Compass Oncology wants to ensure that you are getting the help you need to transition into your new cancer survivor role.