Cancer Survivorship Support
Cancer survivors have comprehensive physical, psychosocial and emotional issues particularly following active treatment and into the first years of survivorship. Issues such as anxiety related to less frequent visits with their healthcare providers, fear of recurrence, adjusting their life to accommodate a "new normal", and coping with physical ailments associated with the aftermath of cancer treatment are only a few of the issues that face survivors on a daily basis. With the increasing number of survivors, it is imperative that we continue to develop and implement programs to support survivorship.
The Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute (MMCCI) recognizes the comprehensive needs associated with cancer survivorship. In the fall of 2011, MMCCI hired a fulltime Survivorship Nurse Navigator to develop and implement a survivorship program. This position was funded by a contract with the National Cancer Institute that expires June 30, 2012. The first of its kind in the state of Maine, the intent of the survivorship program is to meet the diverse and complex needs of the cancer survivor and caregiver with a comprehensive program that supports patients from active treatment to survivorship. The role of the Survivorship Nurse Navigator is to identify the current barriers experienced by patients and facilitate access to high quality survivorship care.