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Survivorship Program

Survivorship Program

Survivorship Program

Your Path As A Survivor

Who Is A Cancer Survivor?

According to the National Cancer Institute, a survivor is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. The number of cancer survivors in the United States has more than tripled to almost 15.5 million over the past 40 years thanks to advances in detection and treatment.

What does the Survivorship Program Offer?

  • A “Whole Person” approach to a Survivor’s care
  • Resources for Cancer Survivors
  • Initial and subsequent treatment related teaching
  • Incorporation of alternative therapies such as yoga, relaxation & meditation
  • Nutritional teaching, physical strength/weakness assessment
  • Assessment of financial needs and social needs, such as transportation, home support, and caregiver support
  • Stress management before, during, and after treatment
  • Review of treatment side effects
  • Incorporation of Spiritual needs if desired
  • Communication with your other providers to keep them “in the loop”

Resources For Cancer Survivors

Casting for Recovery Fly Fishing Retreats

The mission of Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique retreat program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The program offers opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR serves women of all ages, in all stages of breast cancer treatment and recovery, at no cost to participants.

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How do I become part of the Survivorship Program?

You and the journey you are on matter to us, and we want to make continuing that journey as simple as possible.

After treatment is complete, the provider will refer you to the Survivorship program if warranted, or upon your request.

What Can I Do To Improve My Quality of Life Post-Treatment?

Cancer Exercise Program

We’re so glad you asked! As mentioned briefly above, we have partnered with the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center and the Rehabilitation Center to bring you a fantastic post-treatment Cancer Exercise Program.

The goal of this program is to help you with your transition from treatment to regular exercise, increase your energy, reduce fatigue associated with cancer treatments, provide knowledge and accountability related to exercise, and help you meet great people who are on a similar journey as you!

It is a 10 week long program that includes 2-90 minute exercise programs a week. The 90 minute sessions include a vital and fatigue assessment, proper warmup, aerobic activities, strength activities, and a proper cool-down from the instruction from an Exercise Specialist.

Interested? Learn more about this program today! >

Still Have Questions?

Follow the link below to speak with someone about our services today! 

Scalp Cooling may help cancer patients keep their hair

Scalp Cooling may help cancer patients keep their hair

Photo: Dr. Beaver with Paxman

Dr. Anne-Corinne Beaver, Cancer Survivor & Surgeon

 

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is proud to announce the newest addition to Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center, the Paxman Scalp Cooling System. Available to patients receiving chemotherapy treatments for solid tumor cancer, our goal is to help our patients look and feel their best while fighting a difficult battle. The Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation raised private funds to bring this technology to the Cancer Center.

What is Paxman Scalp Cooling?

Chemotherapy drugs used to treat solid tumor cancer work by targeting all of the body’s rapidly dividing cells. Since hair is the second fastest dividing cell in the body, hair-loss is an inevitable side effect of chemotherapy. Paxman Scalp Cooling is a procedure that works to prevent hair-loss caused by certain chemotherapy drugs.

 

How does it work?

Administered through an inner and outer scalp cap during each chemotherapy treatment, Paxman technology lowers the temperature of the scalp by a few degrees before, during, and after treatment. As a result, the three-stage cooling process reduces the blood flow to the hair follicles, minimizing hair loss.

Three-stage scalp cooling process

Is scalp cooling right for me?

When considering a new treatment, patients should evaluate the risks and benefits with their doctor. Paxman Scalp Cooling is not recommended for patients with: 

  • An existing history or presence of scalp metastasis 
  • Cancers of the head and neck
  • CNS malignancies 
  • Cold sensitivity 
  • Hematological malignancies 
  • Imminent bone marrow ablation chemotherapy 
  • Previously received, scheduled, or imminent skull irradiation 
  • Severe liver or renal disease 
  • Skin cancers
  • Small cell carcinoma of the lung 
  • Solid tumors that have a high likelihood for metastasis in transit 
  • Squamous cell carcinoma of the lung

 

How do I get started?

If you have questions or would like to learn more about Paxman Scalp Cooling treatments, call Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center at (828) 262-4332 or visit paxmanusa.com.

 

 

Hidden Scar® Breast Cancer Surgery

Hidden Scar® Breast Cancer Surgery

HIdden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery

No visible reminder of your surgery, cancer or risk of cancer

If surgery is recommended to remove breast cancer, patients can take comfort in the fact that Watauga Medical Center is one of only a few hospitals in North Carolina to offer Hidden Scar® Breast Cancer Surgery. Both Dr. Anne-Corinne Beaver and Dr. Paul Dagher of Watauga Surgical Group have been recognized as Hidden Scar® Trained Surgeons for Hidden Scar® Breast Cancer Surgery.

Breast cancer can be surgically removed with a mastectomy procedure (your surgeon will remove all of your breast tissue) or a lumpectomy procedure (your surgeon will remove only part of your breast tissue). With a Hidden Scar procedure, your surgeon will place the incision in a location that is hard to see, so that the scar is not visible when your incision heals. As a result, you have little to no visible reminder of the surgery or your cancer.

Patients who undergo this approach experience optimal clinical and cosmetic outcomes, and are at no higher risk of recurrence than patients who undergo any other surgical technique.1 You may qualify for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery based on the size and location of your tumor, your breast shape, and your breast size. Ask us if you are a candidate for a Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery by calling Watauga Surgical Group at(828) 264-2340 to schedule a consultation. Want more information on Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery? Visit breastcancersurgery.com to learn more.

“Survivors tend to worry about how their body will look [post-surgery] and how that might affect their confidence moving forward,” said Dr. Beaver. “Fortunately, thanks to this advanced surgical technique, we are able in most cases to hide the scar and with it remove the reminder of breast cancer for our patients.”

Support for Cancer Survivors

Support for Cancer Survivors

The Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center offers FREE classes for cancer survivors currently undergoing treatment or post-treatment, as well as family and community members. We are thankful for our teachers who donate their time to serve! Each class is listed below. Pay close attention to the attendee qualifications when registering for classes. Seating is limited.

Support Groups

Join our cancer survivor support group on FacebookJoin our cancer caregiver support group on Facebook

Facilitated by Cancer Center staff, these support groups provides a safe and comfortable space for all patients, survivors and caregivers to meet regularly and share honestly about their cancer experience with others who “know what it’s like.”

Date and time for in-person groups to be determined based on interest. Located in Cancer Center Break Room

Contact us to express interest in the support group: 

Angie Del Nero, MSW
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(828) 262-9170

Cancer Resource Alliance

Cancer Resource Alliance

The Cancer Resource Alliance (CRA) is a comprehensive team of healthcare professionals, business partners, cancer caregivers and cancer survivor volunteers. The Alliance was established in 2006 as an outreach arm of Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center in Watauga County, the American Cancer Society and the Rural Healthcare Initiative of Avery County. The CRA presence in Watauga and Avery counties is further committed to helping Cancer Center cancer patients who qualify for assistance and their families with support services and programs.

Watauga County Cancer Resource Alliance
338 Deerfield Road
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 262-4332

Avery County Cancer Resource Alliance
436 Hospital Drive, Suite 115
Linville, NC 28646
(828) 737-7477

 

Programs & Services offered through CRA:

  • Art Cart
  • Caregiver Support
  • Face and Skin Care Classes
  • Lymphedema Education
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Day
  • Lighting of the Tree Ceremony
  • Massage Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Open Studio Art Classes
  • Thrive Oncology Wellness Program
  • Wigs & Prosthetics

 

You Can Help

The CRA is supported completely by donations. To make a tax-deductible donation to the CRA Fund, contact Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation at (828) 262-4391 or visit www.foundation.apprhs.org

For more information about CRA programs or to volunteer, contact the Director of Oncology Services at (828) 262-4332.

Advance Directives

Advance Directives

Different from a traditional will, a living will is established to communicate end-of-life medical decisions. If a patient is unable to communicate, a living will explains the level of life-saving measures the patient prefers to their family and medical providers. The following forms to do not include a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) form. For this form or for more information, please talk to your doctor.

IMPORTANT: Do not sign these forms. They must be signed in front of a notary public. Contact Angie Del Nero, our social worker and a notary public, at (828) 262-9170 to set up a time to sign these forms.

Living Will

A living will lets you state your wishes regarding life-prolonging measures in the event that you can no longer make your own healthcare decisions and you are terminally ill, permanently unconscious, or suffer from permanent loss of cognitive ability.

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Healthcare Power of Attorney

A healthcare power of attorney allows you to name someone to make decisions about your healthcare—including decisions about life-prolonging measures—any time you can no longer speak for yourself (not just at end of life).

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