Being a cancer survivor starts the moment you are diagnosed and continues long after your cancer treatment ends. We remain partners with you during the entire journey. Our cancer survivor specialists create personalized plans to identify and treat the long-term effects of treatment. These plans also include screening regimens to watch for the return of cancer or the development of other cancers.
Our cancer support programs help you and your caregivers cope with the mental, emotional, and social concerns that may arise during, and in the years after cancer treatment. Whether you were treated for cancer at Duke Health or elsewhere, our goal is to help you live your best possible life as a cancer survivor.
Our survivorship experts see cancer survivors in person and through virtual visits. You can be seen by our specialists whether you received your cancer care at Duke Health or elsewhere.
Cancer Survivorship Clinics and Specialists
Our survivorship clinics are staffed by doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants whose training includes cancer and family medicine. They work closely with you, your oncologists, your primary care provider, and other specialists to optimize your health and educate you about life after your cancer treatment. If you don’t have a primary care provider, we can identify one near you. Visits may take place annually or bi-annually and are covered by insurance. A co-pay may apply, depending on your plan.
We start by creating a personalized health plan for your future. That plan may include one or more of the following services.
We Monitor for Long-Term Effects of Cancer Treatment
Ongoing monitoring is so important because various issues may arise following cancer treatment. If a concern is identified, we may treat you at our clinic or refer you Duke Health specialists who also have expertise in cancer survivorship, such as:
- Medical family therapists
- Sexual health counselors
- Fertility specialists
- Exercise physiologists
- Genetic counselors
- Physical rehabilitation specialists
- Smoking cessation specialists
We Address Psychosocial Concerns
Psychosocial, emotional, and psychological concerns are common among cancer survivors and their caregivers following treatment. We evaluate you and connect you or your loved ones with a medical family therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist when needed.
We Perform Regular Cancer Screenings and Blood Tests
Regular cancer screenings and blood work will be performed to determine if your cancer has returned or to find other cancers that could develop. We may also recommend you or your loved ones participate in genetic testing and counseling so that you and your family better understand your individual cancer risk.
We Discuss Healthy Behaviors
You may wish to participate in an exercise consultation to help you start a new exercise regimen or a nutritional consultation to help you adopt healthy eating habits. Our registered dietitians/nutritionists specialize in working with people with cancer during and after cancer treatment.
We Connect You with Community Resources
We can connect you with an array of community resources to help you live your life to the fullest after cancer.
We Offer Opportunities to Participate in Research
As a comprehensive cancer center, our doctors and other researchers lead many types of research studies to better understand the impact of cancer on people during and after treatment. As a patient in our survivorship clinics, you may be eligible to participate in these studies. You can help our doctors make discoveries that could improve the cancer journey for future generations.
Learn about all of the cancer support services we offer to you and your loved ones.
Where you receive your cancer care is important. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why our cancer program is nationally ranked, and the highest ranked program in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2021–2022.