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Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Center Institute Cancer Registry 2013 Annual Report

Cancer Survivorship


There are more than 14 million cancer survivors in the United States. Researchers estimate there will be 19 million survivors by the year 2024, due to an aging population, successful cancer therapies and advances in early detection and treatment.

Whether a survivor is deemed cancer-free or in remission after treatment, their cancer journey comes to an abrupt stop and a new journey begins: cancer survivorship. But care and support for cancer survivors doesn’t have to end when treatment does.

A pioneer in survivorship care, the DeCesaris Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md. provides a range of programs and support services to help survivors manage their unique needs and challenges after cancer treatment. We want all survivors to thrive and live a healthy, cancer-free life. We’re here to partner with survivors through that journey.

What is Cancer Survivorship?

Cancer survivorship is the process that an individual and caregiver(s) begin from the time of cancer diagnosis through the remainder of the person’s life. The survivorship journey evolves and changes over time and connects the issues and decisions that cancer survivors and caregiver(s) face throughout the cancer care continuum. The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), a cancer advocacy group founded in 1986, defines cancer survivorship as “the experience of living with, through and beyond a diagnosis of cancer”.

Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor

Many cancer survivors experience few late or long-term effects of cancer or its treatment, but others report symptoms and outcomes that severely affect their quality of life. Physical problems include sexual dysfunction, impaired organ function, cosmetic changes, limited mobility, cognitive impairment and infertility, among others. Psychosocial issues include, but are not limited to, emotional distress, altered body image, grief, fear of recurrence, social isolation, financial toxicity, and complications or concerns with work, career and/or health insurance.

Our Cancer Survivorship Program

VISION: Living a healthier lifestyle that reduces the risk of cancer occurrence and recurrence
MISSION: To Optimize the quality of life of cancer survivors and their caregivers/family

Our oncology care team provides a formal survivorship visit for each patient at the end of their treatment, or when a patient is on maintenance therapy. The designated health professional (physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered nurse, social worker or nurse navigator) meets with the survivor at their routine follow-up visit to provide the survivor with their Treatment Summary/Survivorship Care Plan (TS/SCP). In this integrative model, survivors continue to see their primary oncology provider and primary care provider for long-term follow-up as well as survivorship care.

Support Services: We can provide nutrition counseling, psychosocial support/counseling, spiritual counseling, financial counseling, genetic counseling, cancer rehabilitation, sexuality counseling, smoking cessation, and wellness center services, among others, on a referral basis.
Treatment Summary/Survivorship Care Plan: The care plan is tailored to each patient, empowering them to live healthier and self-manage their quality of life.


For more information please call 443-481-5864 to speak with our oncology concierge.

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