Survivors have shared that they still have concerns after their treatment has been completed - about the potential short- and long-term side effects and the "new normal". The KU Center for Breast Cancer Survivorship provides support and resources people need to live with the lifelong reality of a cancer diagnosis.
Guided by focus groups of breast cancer survivors from across Kansas, the Wichita center focuses on the core values:
Survivors (anyone diagnosed with breast cancer) can access our full core program or solely the dietary or exercise components. The dietary and exercise components are funded in part by a generous grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which allows us to provide these services in a limited capacity to survivors.
The full core program involves an assessment with our internist, who then consults with our hematology and oncology specialist, endocrinologist, and patient navigator. The patient navigator will later meet again with the survivor to explain their recommendations. A written report is provided to the survivor and her/his health care providers. The recommendations may be for follow up with supportive physical or emotional/psychosocial supportive services or to consult with the PCP for follow up testing.
Additionally, survivors may elect to just utilize the dietary and exercise components, covered by the limited amount of grant funding, rather than to access the core program.