Breast Care Survivorship Services

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Breast Cancer Survivorship Services

Thanks to advances in screening and treatment, people diagnosed with breast cancer are living longer today than ever before. At Hackensack University Medical Center, we offer services for survivors of breast cancer which promote your physical and emotional health as you return to a life after cancer treatment.

Your Survivorship Plan

When you complete your treatment, we’ll summarize all of the care you received as well as our recommendations for your future health care in a Life-Long Health and Well Being Care Plan. It is personalized to your health needs and helps you and your primary care providers understand what you will need in terms of health care over the long term. This document contains detailed information such as your:

  • Breast cancer diagnosis (date of diagnosis, stage, and biological type)
  • Providers on your care team
  • Breast surgery history and tumor receptor status
  • Genetic counseling/testing results, if applicable
  • Treatments you received (chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, radiation therapy)
  • Summary of late side effects that you may experience
  • Recommendations for follow-up care, including periodic visits to your providers and recommended screenings

A Dedicated Fitness Program

A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming, often affecting every aspect of your life. Hackensack University Medical Center created the ForwardFit Program for all patients who have completed breast cancer treatment. ForwardFit was established to empower breast cancer survivors to take control of their health and well-being.

The ForwardFit Program was developed in collaboration with the Division of Breast Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, and John Theurer Cancer Center. The eight-week program features two small group training classes and one group mind-body class (such as yoga, Pilates, or t’ai chi) each week at our own fitness facility at 87 Route 17 North in Maywood, New Jersey. ForwardFit also includes nutrition lectures, relaxation/mindfulness exercises, and access to integrative medicine services. Potential benefits include:

  • Decreased fatigue and increased energy
  • Reduced cancer-related fatigue
  • Increased range-of-motion
  • Improved mobility
  • Better posture
  • Gentle strengthening and conditioning
  • Improved mood and energy level
  • Increased optimism
  • A supportive, compassionate community of providers and survivors

Nutritional Support

The Nutrition Services team at John Theurer Cancer Center is dedicated to providing you with guidance on how to follow a nutritious diet as you begin life after breast cancer treatment. Services include:

• One-on-one counseling

• Group classes in our Cooking Studio focused on healthy eating. The Cooking Studio is a special place where you can attend educational presentations and cooking classes and hear from special guests on a variety of nutrition topics pertinent to patients with cancer and their caregivers.

• Nutrition month awareness presentations

• Education about the use of dietary supplements, such as antioxidants and herbal/natural products

Meeting Your Nutritional Needs

Support Groups

Some patients find it is helpful to share their breast cancer experience with others. Through one-on-one support and support groups, the Social Work Support Services team at John Theurer Cancer Center provides a variety of services to meet your needs. There is no additional fee for these services; they are part of the care you receive at John Theurer Cancer Center. The team offers:

  • Emotional support
  • Referral to resources in your community
  • Facilitation of support groups, where you can meet with others living through a similar experience

There is a special support group just for breast cancer survivors:

  • WHEN: Second Wednesday of the month
  • WHERE: 4th floor conference room
  • TIME: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • CONTACT: Debra Dziubinksky, RN, at 551-996-5858

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