A patient is considered a survivor from the time she is diagnosed with cancer throughout the duration of her life. Colorado Gynecologic Oncology Specialists (CGOS) is committed to helping you and your family throughout your survivorship journey and are here for you from initial diagnosis, throughout treatment, and into surveillance and beyond. We acknowledge the unique needs of the cancer patient, including the physical, mental, and emotional effects of diagnosis and treatment. Your Survivorship Team – comprised of a Physician Assistant, Nurse Navigator, and clinical nurses – works together with our physicians throughout your journey to help you address these needs. In short, we want to help you live your best life.
- Boutique – Complimentary wigs, head coverings, make-up, and more.
- Chemo Blessing Bags – Information and various items to help support and comfort through chemotherapy treatment.
- Nurse Navigation – HealthONE/Sarah Cannon Nurse Navigator
- Monthly Survivorship Newsletters – Educational articles, clinical tips, upcoming events, inspirational quotes, and more. Click here >>
- Personalized Treatment Summary and Follow-up Care Plan – Completed by our Survivorship Team and reviewed at your Survivorship Appointment.
- Survivorship Appointments – Performed here at our office upon treatment completion.
- Workshops/Seminars/Events – Access to free local and virtual courses to provide education and support for your cancer journey.
Survivorship visits take place upon treatment completion. It is an intentional time to address the “now what?” and to help transition to a “new normal”. During these visits, the patient reviews a personalized Treatment Summary and Follow-up Care Plan with a member of the healthcare team. This document may be shared with the patient’s other health care providers such as her PCP. This ensures establishment of an accurate health history and communicates what follow-up needs to happen with which provider, when, and for how long. We also discuss how to reduce your risk of recurrence, physical activity/exercise, proper nutrition, bone health, other cancer screenings, regular care by a PCP, and managing short and long-term side effects such as cognitive function, fatigue, menopausal symptoms, sleep disorders, sexual function, anxiety and/or depression, and much more. Visits may also include a discussion of any caregiver or family needs. Survivorship visits are considered a medical office visit and are therefore covered by most insurance plans.
Please review some of these helpful resources from our team to help you on your journey.
CGOS is committed to and passionate about helping you and your family throughout your survivorship journey. We acknowledge that cancer impacts all areas of you and your loved ones’ lives and seek to help you in any way we can.
There are many local and national events – both in-person and virtual – for you to attend that will provide help along your cancer journey. For a list of recommended upcoming events, seminars and workshops, click here.
Fatigue is extreme tiredness that is not alleviated with rest and is very common during the cancer journey. To learn more about cancer-related fatigue and ways to manage and cope with it, click here.
Certain cancers and their treatments can affect future fertility. To learn more about fertility preservation as well as options for women who are not fertile after treatment, click here.
- CGOS utilizes a variety of local fertility specialists. For a specific referral, please contact your health care team.
The cost of cancer care may be a concern if you or a family member has been diagnosed with cancer. Click here to learn how to find financial resources, including housing, travel, medication, and treatment cost assistance.
Some gynecologic cancers may be caused by a mutation in your genome. To read more about genetic testing and gynecologic cancers and who should be tested, click here.
Integrative therapy is an approach to medical care that combines standard medical care with the complementary practices that have shown through science to be safe and effective. To learn more about integrative therapy as well as the types, benefits, and safety of complementary therapies, click here.
- CGOS utilizes a variety of local integrative medicine specialists. For a specific referral, please contact your health care team.
- Medicine Hands of Colorado (acupuncture, oncology massage)
Your CGOS Sarah Cannon nurse navigator is an important part of your cancer team. To learn more about what your Sarah Cannon nurse navigator can do to help you through your cancer treatment, click here.
- Contact your CGOS Sarah Cannon Nurse Navigator or call askSARAH (844-482-4812).
Some of the chemotherapy drugs used to treat your cancer can cause peripheral neuropathy, a set of symptoms caused by damage to nerves that control the sensations and movements of our arms, legs, hands, and feet. Click here to learn more including how to manage chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.
Proper nutrition during and after cancer treatment is imperative. Click here to read more on which foods you should be eating, avoiding, and limiting.
Palliative care focuses on improving the quality of life for people living with a serious illness such as cancer and can occur at any time from diagnosis, throughout treatment, and beyond. It is not the same as hospice care. To learn more, click here.
- CGOS utilizes a variety of local palliative care companies. For a specific referral, please contact your health care team.
Physical activity is not only safe and possible during cancer treatment and surveillance, but it can improve how well you function physically and quality of life as well as lower your risk of recurrence. Click here to learn more about Physical Activity and the Cancer Patient.
PLEASE NOTE: Before starting any physical activity/exercise plan, it is important to get cleared with your doctor. You should always use a plan that is tailored to your current health status and fitness level.
- Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation at Sky Ridge Medical Center
- CancerFit offers quality, cancer-specific exercise programs for patients and survivors in a healthy and positive environment. Located at various community recreation centers throughout Denver metro area, Durango, and Fruita.
- Epic Experience has many free programs from online Low Impact Training Classes to their signature week-long camps.
- Live By Living provides transformative outdoor experiences for cancer survivors and their caregivers including day hikes, snowshoe outings, and cancer survivor retreats. Their online classes include yoga, movement & stretching, and full-body workouts as well as morning mindfulness.
- True North Treks is for young adults and caregivers. They offer free immersive wilderness excursions including backpacking and canoeing trips, retreat-style experiences, and training in mindfulness meditation and yoga (both in the field and online).
A cancer journey can affect the emotional and mental health of patients, families, and caregivers. Click here to read more about anxiety, distress, and depression during cancer.
- COCA’s Nicki’s Circle (all gynecologic cancer types and ages)
- GET + TOGETHER Young Survivors Group (ages 20s-30s, all cancer types)
- COCA’s One-on-One Peer Mentor Support (ovarian/fallopian tube cancers only)
- Sue’s Gift Woman-to-Woman Program
- CGOS utilizes a variety of therapists and psychologists. For a specific referral, please contact your health care team.
- COCA’s Individual Support Program
- Steps Through Ovarian Cancer Support Program
Adult Clinical Services
Cancer patients can sometimes have an increased risk for sleep problems because of treatment effects and other factors. Click here to learn why sleep problems can happen, what can be done to help manage them, and when to ask for help.
Many patients with cancer rely on spiritual or religious beliefs and practices to help them cope with their disease. Spiritual and religious well-being may also help improve quality of life. Click here to learn more about Spirituality and Cancer.
- CGOS utilizes a variety of local chaplains and community spiritual care advisors. If you would like to be contacted by one of them or would simply like someone to pray with you, please contact your health care team.
CGOS patients will receive a personalized Treatment Summary and Survivorship Care Plan at their Survivorship Appointment. This document is reviewed with you by a member of your health team and may be shared with your Primary Care Provider (PCP). This ensures establishment of an accurate health history and communicates what follow-up needs to happen with which provider, when, and for how long.
Research indicates that obesity may worsen several aspects of cancer survivorship, including quality of life, cancer recurrence, cancer progression, and prognosis (survival). To learn more about obesity and cancer – including how obesity affects cancer survivorship – click here
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