Life After Cancer - Survivorship 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 after cancer life 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!
Compass Cancer Survivorship Group Visits
Compass Oncology recognizes the complex needs after cancer treatment and the importance of surveillance, prevention, and education so you are the strongest advocate for your integrated care. Compass Group Visits are 90-minute sessions moderated by the Compass Survivorship team and address different topics each month. Each visit includes a 45-minute presentation, group discussion and Q&A time.
Meet our Survivorship Team:
Survivorship Group Classes, support groups, and events can be found under our calendar of events.
Survivorship One-on-One Visits
Our Certified Physician Assistants, Joyce Koerber, PA-C, Shelby Ross, PA-C and Tracy Webb, PA-C, offer one-on-one visits to help you with your transition to Survivorship. During the 45 minute visit, they will focus on:
- Recovery from treatment and improving 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 register for a Group Visit, please call your oncologist's Compass location and ask for the Survivorship scheduler.
To schedule a One-on-One visit with Joyce Koerber, PA-C please call one of these locations and ask for the Survivorship scheduler: Tualatin 503.692.2032, Vancouver 360.944.9889 or West 503.297.7403.
To schedule a One-on-One visit with Tracy Webb, PA-C please call and ask for the Survivorship scheduler: Rose Quarter 503.280.1223.
To schedule a One-on-One visit with Shelby Ross, PA-C please call and ask for the Survivorship scheduler: East 503.239.7767.
Your insurance will be billed and you will be responsible for your regular office visit co-pay during your visit.