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Cancer Center

Survivorship Program

Cancer care does not end when treatment does. 

The Adult Survivorship Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA offers ongoing care to individuals who have completed active treatment for cancer. 

Survivorship care includes:

  • —Prevention and detection of new cancers or recurrent cancer
  • —Surveillance for cancer spread, recurrence, or second cancers
  • —Intervention for consequences of cancer and its treatment
  • Coordination among specialists and primary care providers to ensure that all of your health needs are met

To help guide you through the years of survivorship ahead you will receive an individualized Survivorship Care Plan (below in the Care Model tab), made up of a cumulative Treatment Summary and a Follow-Up Care Plan, based on your personal cancer history.

Whether you recently finished therapy or are many years post treatment, we welcome adults

You did not have to be treated at Tufts Medical Center to participate in our Adult Survivorship Program.

Interested in learning more? Contact us at 617-636-5168 or survivorship@tuftsmedicalcenter.org!

Sources:
Institute of Medicine.  From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition
, 2006. 

The Adult Survivorship Program at Tufts Medical Center offers long-term follow-up care by survivorship specialists who have experience in the preparation and implementation of Survivorship Care Plans.

Seeking Survivorship Care

We believe you deserve survivorship care immediately following the end of treatment.  Whether you are only a few months, or many years, post treatment we encourage you to make an annual appointment.

  • 0-5 years post treatment:  Typically your primary oncologist will monitor your progress for the initial five years following your treatment.  During this time period our survivorship specialists will partner with your primary oncologist; you will see your primary oncologist for blood work and scans during this active disease surveillance phase and you will see our survivorship specialists for routine follow-up and/or late effects management.
  • 5+ years post treatment:  Follow-up care is essential for individuals with a history of cancer.  Our survivorship specialists will help you manage late effects from therapy and help you keep track of your overall health. 

Survivorship Care Plan

Your Survivorship Care Plan consists of two documents, a cumulative Treatment Summary and a comprehensive Follow-Up Care Plan.  These tools incorporate recommended cancer screenings and assist in the management of (potential) long-term side effects (e.g. cognitive problems such as memory loss, heart problems, lymphedema, or trouble breathing or chronic pain).

  • The Treatment Summary is the entirety of your medical records synthesized into an easy to read portable document, utilizing standardized templates.
  • The Follow-Up Care Plan lists all of your current health issues as well as potential concerns being monitored in one easy to read chart.  It integrates national guidelines with your medical history as listed in your Treatment Summary.
    • The comprehensive chart is organized by organ system and outlines:
      • Suggested ongoing  care (Ex: Blood pressure, ECHO/EKG, Total Body Skin Exam)
      • Reasons for the ongoing care (Ex: Surveillance, General wellness)
      • Frequency of suggested visits or tests
      • When your last visit or test was completed
      • Which provider or specialist to go to, for which visit

Long-term follow up care plan for adults who receive survivorship care at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA.

Coordination of Care

As your general wellness is important, we will assist you with (re-)establishing or maintaining care with a Primary Care Physician (PCP).

Our Survivorship Care team will partner with your PCP and coordinate with your other providers to ensure you receive comprehensive care and follow-up testing that is timely and streamlined. 

On an as needed basis, we work with your:

  • Primary treating oncologist
  • Medical specialists or providers (Cardiac, Dermatology, etc.)
  • Psychosocial specialists (Psychologists, Social Workers, etc.)

Susan Parsons in the AYA program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA.Susan K. Parsons, MD, MRP, Program Director, is a board certified pediatric hematologist/oncologist.  She was awarded a B.A. from Hamilton College and a Master of Regional Planning degree (MRP) at Cornell University. Following professional experience in health economics and planning, she attended Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Parsons completed her residency training in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital and fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology at Boston Children's Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She served as an attending physician on the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) services at both Boston Children's Hospital and at the Brigham and Women's Hospital for several years before joining Tufts Medical Center in 2003. Dr. Parsons has been providing survivorship care since the inception of the Reid R. Sacco Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program in her role as Medical Director. She is currently the Director of The Center for Health Solutions at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center and is a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM).

Anita Kumar in the AYA program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA.Anita Kumar, MD, MSCE, is a board certified adult-trained medical oncologist. Dr. Kumar spent her undergraduate years at MIT and then attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She trained in Internal Medicine and completed her Hematology/Oncology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE). Dr. Kumar provides survivorship care in the Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Program as well as sees adult patients with hematologic malignancies within Tufts Cancer Center.  She joined the faculty of the Division of Hematology/Oncology in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at TUSM.

Nadine Lindendoll, NP is a nurse practitioner in the Cancer Center at Tufts Medical Center.Nadine Linendoll, PhD, MDiv, GNP, is a board certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. After completing her B.S. degree in Nursing from the Pennsylvania State University, she went on to pursue a Master in Divinity (Mdiv) degree at Boston University, followed by a PhD in Nursing at Boston College. In 2006 she began working as an oncology nurse practitioner specializing in the care of individuals with brain and spinal tumors.  Nadine currently shares her time between the Neuro-Oncology Program and the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program at Tufts Medical Center. She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at TUSM.

Rachel Murphy Banks in the AYA program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA.Rachel Murphy-Banks, MA, is the Adult Survivorship Program’s coordinator, assisting individuals with a history of cancer transition from active treatment to survivorship by scheduling appointments and acting as a liaison between patients and the program’s providers. She understands the importance of survivorship care as a result of her own experience with lymphoma. Rachel currently shares her time as Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Program.


Contact Us
617-636-5168
survivorship@tuftsmedicalcenter.org