Prevention and Survivorship
There are several things you can do to help prevent cancer, prevent a recurrence, and detect cancer early so it can be treated.
Checkups with your primary care doctor
Regular checkups and screenings are a vital part of cancer prevention. Your primary care physician can help with:
- Unusual or suspicious symptoms
- Active surveillance of precancerous growths
- Risk factor reduction
- Healthy living recommendations
- Managing ongoing health issues
- Coordinating your health care and proving ongoing guidance and support
Colorectal—fecal occult blood test and colonoscopy
Prostate— digital rectal exam and PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test
Skin—Molesafe and full body skin examination
Lung—chest x-ray and, if qualified, CT scan
One way to help prevent cancer is through genetic testing and counseling. Some cancers have a tendency to be passed down, or inherited, within a family. But it may be difficult to decide whether to have genetic testing. To help you or a family member with this decision, the Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState can direct you to reputable companies that offer genetic counseling. Genetic counseling includes education, risk assessment, follow-up planning and emotional support.
- Nutrition and weight management
- Smoking cessation
- Integrative health
Checkups with your cancer specialist (if you’ve had cancer)
If you’ve been treated for cancer, it’s important to follow up through post treatment appointments. Your oncologist or surgeon will monitor your progress and conduct post- treatment screenings and tests to make sure your cancer has not come back or spread.
Cancer Survivorship is the process of living with, through, and beyond cancer. Survivorship includes not only the individual with cancer, but also those individuals (family and caregivers) who are part of a cancer patient’s journey.
Wellness resources at CentraState support patients during and after cancer treatment
The Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState provides an array of wellness programs to empower survivors to take control of their health and well-being. [link to LLW wellness programs: cancer survivorship.
Our team of health and wellness experts helps keep you positive, energized, healthy and fit. CentraState also offers ongoing support and guidance for families of survivors, as well as day care for children when you are participating in programs.
From support groups, to mind-body programs to group fitness classes, CentraState offers everything you need to stay strong—body, mind and spirit.