At the CAMC Cancer Center, our treatment clinic provides a helping hand to recently-diagnosed patients. Staffed with a nurse navigator, advanced practice provider, financial navigator, dietician and social worker, among others, the clinic allows you to meet the many members of your care team in a single visit.
During your first visit to the treatment clinic, you will receive helpful education about your condition and treatment options. You will undergo a physical assessment to determine if any additional medical referrals would be helpful during your care. In addition, a representative from Palliative Care will be on-hand to educate you about their services and assist with enrollment. Importantly, you will also be given the opportunity to discuss your concerns and ask questions as you begin your treatment.
Following the initial visit, you will be given an individualized care plan, tailored to your specific needs. This care plan lays out what you can expect over the course of your treatment, enabling you to prepare not only yourself but your loved ones and other medical providers.
Some patients may be scheduled for an additional visit at the completion of their treatment. This visit will focus on life after cancer, also called survivorship. This visit will involve developing a survivorship care plan that addresses needs and concerns once treatment is completed, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle with exercise and healthy eating, the importance of screening for new cancers and your follow-up care.
Currently, the clinic is only available for patients who have been diagnosed with breast, lung, colorectal or head and neck cancer, but patients with cancers of other disease sites will be added in the near future.
As part of your treatment plan, you can enroll in Carevive PROmpt®, a patient engagement tool that will help guide you through your care plan. Care plans include monitoring and self-management for long-term and late effects, as well as resources to promote and maintain healthy living. To enroll, follow the steps outlined here.
For more information, call the CAMC Patient Resource Center at (304) 388-8612.