Wesley Healthcare’s new Breast Care and Survivorship Clinic aims to help breast cancer survivors, as well as their families and caregivers, navigate the changes and challenges that occur as a result of living with a history of cancer. Due to early diagnosis and the effectiveness of treatment, the number of people with a history of cancer in the U.S. has increased dramatically from about 3 million in 1971 to about 14 million today. Many studies document that survivors of cancer have unfulfilled medical, psychosocial and health needs that follow acute cancer treatment and that these needs are frequently not addressed or managed. A survivorship clinic can help patients understand about their cancer, cancer treatments and long-term side effects. “Cancer survivors are at risk for physical and psychosocial impacts from cancer and its treatments,” said Connie Luty, APRN, Wesley family nurse practitioner and certified breast health navigator. “Comprehensive follow-up care at a survivorship clinic is so beneficial for these patients and recommended by the American Cancer Society and Commission on Cancer.” Patients who have completed breast surgery and the acute treatment phase for breast cancer are encouraged to visit the clinic for followup care. The clinic appointment will include an extensive history and physical as well as a Patient Survivorship Care Plan, which includes information about the patient’s cancer, treatments and healthcare recommendations. Current side effects and potential late side effects are assessed. Nutrition and exercise are discussed and recommended, as they can help reduce the patient’s risk of a second cancer. Women that do not have a history of breast cancer but are at an increased risk of developing it are welcome to be seen in the Breast Care Clinic. Other reasons to visit the clinic include noncancerous breast concerns, or if someone would like to know how to reduce their risk of breast cancer. The clinic offers appointments Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 4:40 p.m. and is at 551 N. Hillside, Suite 520. Appointments may include everything from a comprehensive breast exam to care for menopausal symptoms and sexual health management. Most insurance pays for breast care and survivorship clinic services. A patient’s primary care physician or oncologist can make a referral or a patient can self-refer.