Mission: To enhance the quality of life and level of wellness of the cancer survivor through the provision of patient-centered care beginning at diagnosis and progressing along the cancer survivorship continuum. Comprehensive cancer survivorship care encompasses evidence-based interventions that eliminate, alleviate, or reduce treatment and disease-related effects; surveillance for recurrence, metastasis, and new cancers; promotion of a healthy lifestyle; support and resources for family and caregivers; and provision of comfort measures. Research and education are integral to the integrity and longevity of the program.
According to the American Cancer Society, there will be an estimated 18 million cancer survivors in the United States by 2022. Survivorship is a necessary component of care as rates of survival continue to climb, and survivorship truly begins after diagnosis and continues throughout a patient’s lifespan where several baselines of care are established and re-established.
The UC Cancer Institute's Survivorship Program focuses on educating the health care providers, patients and caregivers, and broader community about the short and long-term effects of treatment, evidence-based interventions to address these effects, surveillance and prevention strategies and cancer rehabilitation approaches with the overall goal of patients living a fulfilling life.
Bev Reigle, PhD
Associate Professor in UC's College of Nursing