“What do I do with my life? How do I put my life back on track? How do I turn the page and find what my new normal is?” They’re some of the most common questions Lee Health medical oncologist Dr. Bianca Ferrari hears from patients—once they become cancer survivors. “Surviving cancer is such an important aspect of healthcare now, and nobody seems to talk about it, because we hear cancer and we just worry about the scary things that come with it,” she said.
Today, an estimated 20 million people are considered cancer survivors—which is why the Regional Cancer Center has created a survivorship program, to help patients transition from being a cancer patient to being a cancer survivor. “It’s important to hold hands with them through this. And part of the important thing is that we are educating patients on what they had, what they went through, and what to look for because knowledge is power,” Dr. Ferrari said.
Programs like cancer rehabilitation offer patients physical therapy, nutrition education, acupuncture, and counseling and spiritual care to help them adjust to their new normal. “Another thing that is important with survivorship is that people are living longer with cancer, so there is surviving cancer and surviving with cancer itself, and we have to be there providing all the support with physical therapy, emotional support, psycho- support,” she said.
The program also offers support for caregivers and family members of cancer survivors. Helping everyone better adjust to life after cancer.
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