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Lymphoma Survivorship Clinic

A cancer survivor is anyone with cancer, from the time of diagnosis and treatment through the remaining years of life. You are finished with your active cancer treatment and moving to the next phase of your life and next phase of your care.

You may find your life returns to what you knew before you had cancer. Or, you may find that physical, psychosocial or financial concerns continue because of earlier treatments. Patients often call this the new normal.

MD Anderson’s Lymphoma Survivorship Clinic is here to help you develop a plan for your ongoing health care.

Moving Forward

Survivorship care is designed to prevent, detect and treat complications resulting from cancer or its treatment. Through the survivorship clinic, you will receive care based on specific guidelines designed for survivors just like you who have been treated at MD Anderson. The clinic addresses your physical and psychosocial care.

We will:

  • Review your recent medical history and perform a physical examination
  • Conduct a complete assessment to detect cancer recurrence or progression
  • Identify and help you manage side effects of cancer and treatment
  • Develop a treatment summary and follow-up care plan
  • Provide education and referrals related to:
    • Cancer screening examinations
    • Increased risk for other cancers
    • Late effects from cancer treatment
    • Health behaviors that reduce cancer risk.
    • MD Anderson or community survivorship resources

Your survivorship team includes a hematologist-oncologist, mid-level provider, registered nurse, and a patient services coordinator (PSC) who work closely with other specialized doctors and nurses who treated you at MD Anderson. For your non-cancer check-up, continue to see a primary care provider in your community.

Side Effects and Symptoms

The survivorship clinic specializes in identifying and treating late side effects, which are symptoms that may appear months or years after treatment has ended. The physical changes will depend on your cancer type and treatment.

Side effects, symptoms and changes you may experience:

  • Xerostomia (dry mouth) caused by surgery or radiation therapy
  • Weight gain due to medicines and inactivity
  • Fatigue
  • Heart problems, such as shortness of breath and rapid heartbeat
  • Infertility, sexual side effects and early menopause in women
  • Osteoporosis, a condition that causes weak bones that are more likely to break
  • Neuropathy, a condition that causes numbness, tingling, burning, pinching, pain or not being able to feel sensations like hot or cold

Remember, it is important to communicate with your health care team through every stage in your cancer experience. Some survivors need more information and use more support services than others use, depending upon their diagnosis and treatment.  A dietitian and a social worker will be available to meet with you during your scheduled survivorship appointment. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your health care team.

Referral

Contact your MD Anderson physician for referral to the Lymphoma Survivorship Clinic. If you have registered for myMDAnderson, you may e-mail your health care team. For more information or to register for myMDAnderson, see your patient services coordinator in the Lymphoma Survivorship Clinic.

Contact Us

Location: Main Building, Floor 6, near Elevator B  Get Directions
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 713-792-3510

Clinicians

  • Kristin Simar, RN, ANP, NPONC
  • Maria Serritella, RN, BSN – clinic nurse

Survivor Stories

Read about people who are surviving and thriving after their cancer experience.

Bill Crews
Bill Crews, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma



DeWayne Hickman
DeWayne Hickman, Hodgkin's lymphoma

 

 

Johanna's Story: Diagnosed in 1997

Online Services

Take advantage of our online services, including myMDAnderson, the personalized site that helps you manage your cancer treatment:

  • Appointment schedules
  • Secure messaging with your care team
  • Patient education, billing, and more

Go to myMDAnderson


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