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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
Location: Main Building, Floor 6, near Elevator B Get Directions
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Kristin Simar, RN, ANP, NPONC
- Maria Serritella, RN, BSN – clinic nurse