Life After Cancer: Compass' Survivorship Programs

Cancer Survivor Support Groups

By successfully completing cancer treatment, you’re likely to be more appreciative of the little things around you and more motivated to make the most of every day. You also understand the emotions, physical side effects and mental anxiety about living life after cancer that only other cancer survivors can truly understand. Cancer survivor support groups are safe spaces to share the good, the bad, the humorous, and the ugly with others who have walked in your shoes and truly understand.

Cancer Survivors Are Not Alone

Every experience in your life shapes who you are and cancer is no exception. That is not necessarily a bad thing! Your experiences can help others and give encouragement and give yourself the courage to share your thoughts and concerns with those who are most likely to understand.

Whether you have survived breast cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, leukemia, or any other type of cancer, you will find cancer-specific support groups whose members are intimately familiar with your journey. There are support groups specific to cancer survivors of all ages and stages of life -- from young children and their parents to senior citizens and every demographic group in between.

Even if your circle of loved ones and close friends is extensive, you may sometimes feel alone even in the midst of supportive, loving people. When you have survived cancer, you have experienced symptoms, situations, and emotions that only other cancer survivors understand. Cancer support groups are safe, welcoming spaces where you can share thoughts and feelings you may not feel comfortable sharing with your closest friends and loved ones. Even if you are not yet ready to share your own feelings, it can be helpful simply listening to others speak about their feelings. It’s comforting to know that your experiences as you transition from patient to survivor are common.

Benefits of Cancer Support Groups

Other benefits of participating in a local cancer support group include:

  • Receiving assistance with lingering cancer treatment side effects.
  • Receiving advice about practical issues involving returning to work or school after cancer.
  • Enjoying the ability to talk openly about your emotions, fears, and feelings.

When you are ready to reach out, you’ll discover there are many communities willing to embrace you!

Read more about the specialized support groups at Compass here.

Survivorship One-on-One Visits

Our Certified Physician Assistants, Joyce Koerber, PA-C and  Shelby Ross, PA-C offer one-on-one visits to help you with your transition to Cancer Survivorship. During the 45 minute visit, they will focus on:

  • Recovery after your cancer treatments end
  • Improving your health and well-being
  • Strategies to improve neuropathy, memory issues, and fatigue
  • Evidence-based impact of nutrition, medication, exercise, and alcohol
  • Managing issues with intimacy caused by cancer or its treatment
  • Strategies to help look forward and reduce anxiety and depression
  • Follow up plans for the next five years to monitor your health

To schedule a One-on-One visit with Joyce Koerber, PA-C please call one of these locations and ask for the Survivorship scheduler:

  • Vancouver Cancer Center - 360.944.9889
  • West Cancer Center - 971.708.7600

To schedule a One-on-One visit with Shelby Ross, PA-C at our East location please call 503.239.7767 and ask for the Survivorship scheduler.

*Your insurance will be billed and you will be responsible for your regular office visit co-pay during your visit.

Meet our Cancer Survivorship Team:

Magdolna Solti, MD
Andrea Hamilton, MS, RDN, LD

Virginia Hill, LCSW, LICSW, OSW-C
Joyce Koerber, PA-C
Nora Larson, MSW, CSWA, LICSWA
Jamie Newell, MSW, LCSW
Shelby Ross, PA-C

Survivorship Group Classes, support groups, and events can be found under our calendar of events.