Helping you transition to your new normal.
Survivorship is so much more than just surviving cancer. It involves living with, through and beyond a cancer diagnosis. The Community Cancer Center is proud to have the only dedicated Survivorship Clinic in the area, designed to help you through every step of your survivorship journey, regardless of when or where you were treated.
After treatment, patients may experience changes mentally, physically and in their relationships. Patients may feel uneasy about their health after their diagnosis and treatment. Our Survivorship Clinic was established to bring cancer support and prevention services together in one place to help you transition to your new normal.
Our medical, psychological and social services focus on:
Education: offering you services and support for dealing with the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment.
Prevention: promoting healthy living behaviors and screening for the early detection of new or recurrent cancer.
Surveillance: providing medical follow-up care related to cancer and cancer treatment and assessing psychological/social (psychological) late effects.
Intervention: focusing on symptom management and education for late and long-term side effects of cancer and its treatment.
Coordination: working closely with your specialists and primary care providers to assure a team approach to your healthcare decisions.
For a full list of support services offered at the Survivorship Clinic, click here.
Preparing For Your First Clinic Visit
Thank you for entrusting us with your care. To ease uncertainty, we’ve outlined what you can expect at your first appointment.
- Meeting with one of our Survivorship Clinic nurses. She will introduce you to the clinic, measure your vitals, and answer any preliminary questions you may have.
- Meeting with our Survivorship Nurse Practitioner. She will review your medical history, your medications, any imaging or lab results that have been done, and conduct a physical exam.
- Your nurse practitioner will discuss your ongoing surveillance, including screening for early detection of a new or recurrent cancer. She will also talk with you about any lifestyle changes that may benefit you, typically related to nutrition and exercise.
- At the end of the visit, you and your physicians will receive a personalized Treatment Summary and Surveillance Plan. Arrangements will be made for any follow-up appointments, additional testing needed or additional services that have been offered.
What to bring:
- A photo ID, health insurance identification cards, and prescription benefit cards.
- Medical records. Your oncologist’s office may have already taken care of forwarding any records to our office. However, please feel free to call our office prior to your appointment with any questions about medical records you have.
- Medications. Please bring a current list of all medications and dosages you are currently taking, including vitamins, supplements, and other over-the-counter medications.
- Allergy information. List any allergies you have to medicines, foods, or other items such as latex.
For more information, contact the Survivorship Clinic at (319) 558-4876.
Heather Dommer, ARNP, FNP-C, MSN
Heather Dommer, survivorship nurse practitioner, looks forward to seeing you in the Survivorship Clinic. An appointment will be made as you near the end of your cancer treatment. You may also request a Survivorship Clinic appointment by filling out this form.
Ask the Expert: What is survivorship support?
Every cancer experience is different, but most would agree that life is different after cancer. Heather discusses survivorship support and how it can help you navigate life post-treatment. Read more.
Here are just a few things survivors are saying about the Heather and the Survivorship Clinic:
- “I can’t say enough good things about this center and the clinic. I appreciate it and everyone!”
- “I was impressed with the thoroughness of the clinic and how they tied together all the different areas of my treatment.”
- “I’m pleased to know the clinic services are available to me for life.”
Hear from our Experts
Heather Dommer was live on our Facebook page with Matt Schmitz, cancer exercise specialist, to discuss our Survivorship program and what it offers our patients.