Partnering with Survivors to Live Beyond Cancer
As you finish your treatment for head and neck cancer, you might wonder, what happens next? While some people return to their everyday lives, some patients have difficulty adjusting due to the effects of their cancer and its treatment. We recognize that your life after cancer treatment is important and that continued support is needed through this transition and throughout the rest of your life.
What is Survivorship?
While there is no one single definition of "survivorship," we view survivorship as the period after treatment has ended, and when a person is seen as free of disease. No matter how survivorship is defined, we understand that this experience is unique for each patient. Survivorship care focuses on a patient's individual physical, psychosocial, and economic issues that can arise after cancer treatment has ended.
UPMC Head & Neck Cancer Survivorship Clinic
Our survivorship clinic takes a multidisciplinary approach to addressing your individual survivorship needs. Our multidisciplinary team consists of a head and neck surgeon, speech language pathologist, dentist, and nurse who all of have specialized training in the needs of head and neck cancer patients.
During your clinic visit you will meet with our team who will review your recent medical history and assess for cancer recurrence. We will also identify and manage the effects of your cancer and its treatment, and make referrals when necessary for additional services, such as nutritional support and physical therapy. Our multidisciplinary team will provide you with information on healthy living along with developing an individual treatment summary and survivorship care plan so you can live well, beyond cancer.
For more information and scheduling an appointment, please contact 412-647-2100.