Comprehensive, evidence-based survivorship care can help survivors lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives. Ongoing surveillance and a wide range of strategies and services are available to help manage new, unexpected challenges such as long-term or late effects after cancer treatment.
The Cancer Survivorship Institute brings world-class cancer specialists and services offered at the Lurie Cancer Center and Northwestern Medicine together with the Lurie Cancer Center's Cancer Control and Survivorship research program to improve the lives of cancer survivors and their families.
The Lurie Cancer Center offers Specialty Survivorship Clinics to provide patients with continued support and education during and after completing primary treatment for their cancer. The survivorship clinics provide patients with a wide range of services including, but not limited to, a summary outlining their treatment, a care plan that details future follow-up, monitoring for late side effects of treatment, modifying lifestyle factors that can impact health outcomes and tools to address physical and emotional concerns.
STAR program - The STAR Program (Survivors Taking Action & Responsibility) is a long-term follow-up program for adult survivors of pediatric cancer.
Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (AYA) Program - A program designed for patient between the age of 15-39.
Adult Survivorship Clinics - These clinics provide disease-specific follow up care
Many young cancer survivors face a range of late effects from cancer and cancer treatment including infertility, secondary cancers, neurocognitive difficulties, chronic pain and heart conditions. Additionally, they may face a unique set of challenges and concerns including returning to work or school, insurance coverage and financial issues, concerns about relationships, dating and sexuality as well as emotional distress.
The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only two cancer centers in the nation that is a designated Center of Excellence in Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
For more information about the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (AYA) Program please contact Stacy Sanford, PhD at 312.695.2356.
Older cancer survivors have a unique set of physical, emotional and social needs. The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center provides tailored assessments for all older patients seen in the Cancer Survivorship Clinic.
We have a multidisciplinary geriatric team consisting of oncologists, a geriatrician, advanced practice providers with experience in geriatric medicine, social workers, nutritionists, psychiatrists and pharmacists. The tailored older adult visit includes a complete physical exam, cognitive assessment, vision and hearing screening, functional assessment, nutritional assessment and assessment of any social support needs.
For more information and to schedule an appointment please call 312.695.0990
The Supportive Oncology team at The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center provides emotional and practical support for patients and their loved ones during all stages of cancer care including diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. As a patient, you will have access to Psychologists, Pschiatrists, Social Workers, Nurse Navigators and more.
For more information, please visit the Lurie Cancer Center's Supportive Oncology Team webpage
The effects of cancer and corresponding treatments can impact your energy and activity level. Cancer survivors can benefit from an integrated and personalized rehabilitation program to help them return to their greatest level of ability. The experts at the Cancer Rehabilitation Program of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) directly address the physical, cognitive and emotional concerns caused by the disease and treatment — both during and following acute cancer treatment
For information and to schedule an appointment please call 312.238.1000 or 800.354.7342
Pain can be associated with your cancer, the treatments you received, or other causes. Our pain program includes an in-depth evaluation, the use of medications and non-pharmacologic therapies, along with extensive education to help you and your family best understand this pain and its treatment. Specialists from other disciplines may be consulted, when indicated, to build a multidisciplinary team to help meet your pain related goals.
Our palliative medicine team helps you manage the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of a serious illness. We tailor our services to your needs and provide support to loved ones who have a critical role in your health and well-being -- at any stage of illness.
For more information and to schedule an appointment please call 312.926.000 or visit palliativecare.nm.org
The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University) offers a full range of complementary and integrative therapies, combining conventional and complementary therapies to aid in the healing process. It engages the mind, body, spirit and community and focuses on lifestyle choices. Whether your cancer was recently diagnosed or is currently in remission, the potential benefits of the integrative healing approach are varied and significant.
For more information and to schedule an appointment call 312.926.DOCS (3627) or visit ocim.nm.org
People with cancer or a history of cancer often have unique questions and concerns about their diet and nutrition.
The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center has a team of Registered Dietitians that provide up-to-date, research-based nutrition advice throughout cancer treatment and into recovery. Once treatment is complete, nutrition remains an important part of survivorship. Our experts provide therapy for a variety of problems including problems with eating and digestion, changes in taste, and weight management.
For more information and to schedule an appointment call 312.695.0990
Cancer treatments can impact your skin and appearance, which can be distressing to many patients. Our oncodermatology team specializes in treatment strategies for skin conditions in cancer patients and survivors, as well as skin complications from chemotherapy.
For more information and to schedule an appointment call 312.695.8106 or visit this webpage
Cancer and cancer treatment can affect the sexual health of both men and women.
The Integrated Pelvic Health Program of Northwestern Medicine includes a team of specialists that work together to address the physical, mental, and emotional aspects that affect sexual health in women.
For more information or to schedule an appointment call 312.926.4747 or visit iphp.nm.org
The Sexual Dysfunction Program provides a multi-dimensional and complete evaluation for men with erectile dysfunction and ejaculatory disturbances.
For more information or to schedule an appointment call 312.695.8146 or visit urology.nm.org
Not long ago, the idea of starting a family after treatment would have been a fantasy for most cancer patients. Today, newly diagnosed young patients have access to the services of Northwestern’s full-time Patient Navigator for Fertility Preservation, dedicated to helping them understand and explore available options for preserving fertility before, during and after treatment.
For more information and to schedule an appointment call 312.503.3378 or 866.708.FERT or visit fertilitypreservation.northwestern.edu
Smoking is a very serious risk factor for many cancers as well as many chronic medical conditions. The Smoking Cessation Program at the Lurie Cancer Center offers a comprehensive approach to help you to stop smoking and reduce your risk of developing a second cancer.
For more information and to schedule an appointment call 312.926.2069 or visit this website.
When diagnosed with a cancer, patients and families often wonder if they are at risk of developing another cancer or passing a risk down to their kids. Our cancer genetics team offers individualized cancer risk assessment and management recommendations to individuals and families.
For more information and to schedule an appointment call 312.695.0320 or visit this webpage.
Many of the treatments that are commonly used to treat cancer can be harmful to the heart and cardiovascular system. Our specialized cardiologists work closely with oncologists to minimize the toxic effects of cancer therapies on the heart during treatment and to manage any cardiovascular complications that do occur. In addition, they work to promote cardiovascular wellness thoughout survivorship.
For more information and to schedule an appointment call 312.695.4965
Survivorship and Supportive Oncology services are also available at Northwestern's Lake Forest Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group (Formerly Cadence Physician Group) in our North and West regions.