• Adult Survivorship Program

    For many survivors and caregivers, the years after cancer treatment can bring physical and psychological challenges. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Adult Survivorship Program, a member of the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network, provides clinical care and services for adult-onset cancer survivors, including research that focuses on finding solutions to key problems adult survivors may face after cancer treatment.

    About the Program

    Dana-Farber’s Adult Survivorship Program is here to help you find expertise, education, and support to help manage issues related to surviving cancer. This includes managing the risk of second cancers, understanding the long-term effects of treatment, and addressing social, physical, or psychological concerns.

    Dr. Ann Partridge, Director, Adult Survivorship Program 

    Our physicians, nurses, researchers, and psychologists are experts in survivorship, and will work with you and your primary care physician to create a plan for living well beyond cancer.

    If you were treated for cancer as an adult (age 21 or older), you may benefit from our expertise and services.

    You do not need to have been treated at Dana-Farber in order to be seen in our Adult Survivorship Program.

    Our services

    The staff at our adult survivorship clinic can help you manage long-term and late effects of cancer treatment and guide you in living a healthier lifestyle.

    At your appointment, we will review your medical records, including past cancer diagnosis and treatment, current health status, and general quality of life.

    We’ll provide you with a comprehensive summary of recommendations that can serve as a useful guide to you and your primary care doctor, outlining potential late effects and offering helpful medical information related your past treatment and future care.

    We offer specialized expertise and services including:

    • Cardiologists who work to treat and prevent heart damage and related problems sometimes associated with cancer treatment
    • Community resource specialists to help you find survivorship resources near your home, such as advocacy, employment rights, fertility resources, financial support, health insurance, and support groups
    • Endocrinologists who diagnose and treat issues related to endocrine glands, such as the thyroid, adrenal glands, and pituitary glands
    • Exercise consultations with an exercise physiologist, to help survivors of any cancer diagnosis experience the benefits of safe, effective, regular physical activity, answer fitness-related questions, and provide personalized exercise tips.
    • Gynecologists to help with fertility issues and sexual health
    • Lymphologists to diagnose and treat issues related to the immune system in cancer survivors
    • Nephrologists who work with survivors to diagnose and treat issues related to the kidneys
    • Nutrition counseling to strengthen healthy eating habits for cancer survivors 
    • Education and support, including classes, support groups, and individual appointments designed to help cancer survivors and their family members address the emotional, mental, social, and spiritual aspects of surviving cancer.
    • Sexual health program to address changes in sexual health during and after cancer treatment

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    Care Team

    Your entire care team has extensive experience in cancer survivorship. Our specialists work closely together and collaborate regularly to ensure that your care plan offers the best possible outcomes and that all your needs are met.

    Adult Survivorship Program Director
    Ann Partridge, MD, MPH
    Specialty providers who see patients (by specialty) are:

    Sharon Bober, PhD (Sexual Health)
    Nancy Campbell, MS (Exercise Physiologist)
    Sandy Falk, MD (Gynecology/Sexual Health)
    Elizabeth S. Ginsburg, MD (Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility)
    Benjamin D. Humphreys, MD, PhD (Nephrology)
    Javid J. Moslehi, MD (Cardiology)
    Jean Mulder, MD (Endocrinology)
    Anju Nohria, MD (Cardiology)

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who can be seen in the Adult Survivorship Program?

    The Adult Survivorship Program is open to all adult patients (age 21 or older) who have completed cancer treatment, regardless of when or where they received treatment. We offer care for survivors of any cancer diagnosis, as well as disease-specific services.

    When should I come to the adult survivorship program?

    You are welcome to start visiting the Adult Survivorship Program as soon as you complete active cancer treatment. For the purpose of the adult survivorship program, the transition from cancer patient to cancer survivor occurs when a patient completes active treatment. Many patients may still be taking medications, such as hormonal therapies for breast cancer, and they are welcome in our program.

    How are patients referred to the program?

    To visit the Adult Survivorship Program, patients can self-refer, be referred by their primary oncologist, or get a referral from another provider, such as a primary care physician or an oncologist outside of Dana-Farber.

    Will my health insurance cover my visit?

    In many cases, yes. Dana-Farber's Financial Information Services can help answer questions about payment and approval needed for your appointment. To learn more, call Financial Information Services at 617-632-3455.

    What do I need to do before my visit to the clinic?

    Your clinic provider will need to review your medical records. If you did not receive cancer treatment at Dana-Farber, you’ll need to contact the hospital where you received treatment and request that your treatment history be sent to the clinic.

    Medical records can be sent to:

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Adult Survivorship Program
    450 Brookline Ave.
    Boston, MA 02215

    You’ll also need to complete some forms, which we will send to you before you visit. You can mail these forms back to the clinic or bring them with you to your appointment.

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    Resources for Adult Cancer Survivors

    Experts Speak on Cancer Survivorship Topics
     

    People who have survived cancer often face a myriad of short- and long-term challenges as a result of their disease and treatment experiences.

    In these video interviews, the former director of the adult cancer survivorship program, speaks with experts from the fields of oncology, psychology, nutrition and more about many of the typical issues cancer survivors face, from fear of recurrence to long-term health concerns to creating a plan for living well beyond cancer.

    Cancer Survivor Stories  

    Having cancer is, for most people, life-changing. In their own words, six cancer survivors reflect on a variety of issues they've faced, and share insights gained through their cancer experiences.

    Additional Survivorship Topics

    Medical Care after Treatment
    Your Body after Treatment
    Your Emotions after Treatment
    Social Relationships
    Developing a Wellness Plan
    Joining a Support Group
    Finding Meaning
    Living Proof/Celebrating Survivorship 

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    Contact Us

    To make an appointment or learn more about the Adult Survivorship Program, please call the clinic facilitator at 617-632-4523 or email DFCI_adultsurvivors@dfci.harvard.edu.

    To inquire about conferences, educational programs, or support groups, please call 800-883-6012 or email Survivorship_Programs@dfci.harvard.edu.

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