Meridian Cancer Care defines a survivor as anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer. Download this brochure to learn more about the Meridian Cancer Care survivorship program.
Pamela Cooper, R.N., discusses what it means to be a cancer survivor and how a nurse navigator can assist you during and after treatment.
Cancer survivorship starts at the time of diagnosis and continues throughout the patient's life and has three distinct phases:
Living with cancer refers to the experience of being diagnosed with cancer and commencing or beginning treatment to cure or alleviate symptoms. During this phase, patients undergo treatment (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy) based on their specific disease and condition.
At Meridian, patients are offered nurse navigation services to help cope with the emotional, psychological and financial concerns of treatment. Our dedicated teams of nurse navigators help patients and their families throughout treatment. These registered nurses have a deep understanding of clinical, social, emotional and financial needs. They are a welcome resource to provide guidance every step of the way.
Living through cancer is the period after treatment has ended. While patients are often comforted during this period, they are also anxious and scared about what happens next.
During this phase, patients see their oncologist two to four times a year.
Patients need to remain connected with their nurse navigators and primary care physicians to maintain consistent monitoring of their overall health.
Living beyond cancer refers to post-treatment and long-term survivorship. While most survivors get back to the life they love, some experience emotional, financial and physical hardships. During this phase, most survivors go back to the care of their primary physician and do not need to see their oncologist on a regular basis.
Meridian Cancer Care survivors can work with the Survivorship Navigator to develop a plan to maintain overall health and minimize the risk of recurrence and/or a secondary cancer.
The goals of the Meridian Cancer Care survivorship plan are to:
It is important throughout any stage of cancer that you take care of yourself – emotionally and physically - and surround yourself with the people that matter most.
At Meridian, our nurse navigation team will assist you with you to provide personalized treatment based on your diagnosis and unique circumstances. The areas in which we can help guide you include:
• Stress Reduction
• Smoking Cessation
• Routine screenings
o Pap Smear
o PSA & Digital Rectal Exam
o Skin Exam
Who can I contact if I need to speak with a survivorship navigator?
Bayshore Community Hospital
Jill Generalli, R.N.
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Pam Cooper, R.N.
Ocean Medical Center
Lani Gernalin, R.N.
Southern Ocean Medical Center
Lizzie Martinez, R.N.
Riverview Medical Center
Faith Murach, R.N.
What happens during the appointment?
The Survivorship Navigator will provide and review a Treatment Summary and Survivorship Care Plan, which is assembled by your treatment team. This plan details the treatment you have received and the follow-up schedule that is recommended for up to five years after treatment. You will also receive support, wellness, and educational information.
How often do I need to see them?
Frequency of visits is determined on an individual basis, however the survivorship navigator will provide contact information for needs and concerns that arise between visits.
Can I contact them for guidance and regular health related questions?
Does Meridian have a survivorship network so I can connect with other survivors?
Yes, there are a number of support groups and workshops designed to offer support and wellness strategies after treatment. You will also be given contact information to trusted and reputable organizations such as The American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, and Livestrong.