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Your First Survivorship Visit at Winship

Contact: Joan Giblin, MSN, FNP-BC, AOCN
Director, Survivorship
(404) 778-0572
survivorship@emoryhealthcare.org

Every cancer survivor has different needs, so each visitor to the program will receive an individualized plan. Some of the things cancer survivors can expect during their visit to the Winship Survivorship Program include:.

  • Integrated follow-up care with your Winship doctors
  • A visit with your social worker and a brief symptom assessment
  • Treatment summary
  • Copy of your pathology report
  • Personalized Survivorship Care Plan

We generally  recommend that the first survivorship program visit be scheduled 2-4 weeks after completing cancer treatment. Patients are encouraged to discuss this with their cancer care team at any time. Just ask for more information about the Winship Survivorship Program.

What Can I Expect From a Winship Wellness for Living Clinic Visit?
 
Every patient has different needs, so every survivorship visit will be different. However, there are some common elements that you can expect during your survivorship visit at Winship.
  • Visits will be treated as follow-up appointments with a Winship physician assistant (PA) or nurse practitioner (NP). You will be responsible for your normal co-payment, if applicable.
  • The best time to schedule your first survivorship appointment is for two to four weeks after you have completed all active cancer treatment. Consider talking to your care team about scheduling a survivorship appointment when you receive your last chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
  • A survivorship clinic appointment is integrated with your regular follow-up appointment with your oncology medical providers. This means that you will still continue to follow up with your Winship doctors at the intervals they recommend, such as every three months or every six months.
  • In addition to seeing a PA or NP, you will also see a social worker at your survivorship visit. At Winship, social workers are an important part of every care team. They talk to patients before and after treatment to answer any questions they may have related to the stress of treatment, transportation, family life or other concerns. Though these issues may not be directly related to cancer or its treatment, we recognize that they affect patients and families, and our social workers are here to help.
  • The services of our oncology dietician are also available at your survivorship visit.
  • You can expect survivorship clinic visits to last about an hour. In addition to meeting with various members of the care team, you will be asked to complete a brief symptom assessment form that summarizes how you are feeling at the time of your visit.
  • When the visit is over, you will receive:
    • A summary of all treatment you have received to date for your cancer.
    • A copy of your pathology report, which contains information about the staging of your cancer.
    • A copy of your personalized Survivorship Care Plan.
    • Referrals for supportive care, rehabilitation, specialists or a primary care provider, as needed. 
For more on what to expect from a visit with the Winship Survivorship Program, "Winship Wellness for Living", click here to download the booklet. (pdf)