Lifespan Cancer Institute

Survivorship Program

Survivorship begins at the time of diagnosis. At the Lifespan Cancer Institute, we are committed to the health and well-being of our patients during and after treatment. We know that living with and after cancer can affect every aspect of your life.

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The goal of the survivorship program is to enhance the health, wellness, and quality of life of cancer patients by addressing their physical, psychological, and health-education needs.

Your Treatment Journey

Treatment doesn’t stop when one of our patients leaves the hospital. The Lifespan Cancer Institute gives all patients an individualized assessment of their health at the end of treatment so that they are better able to adjust to life’s challenges at home, at work, and in their communities.

Cancer Care Plan

Patients receive a treatment summary and care plan that documents the cancer treatments they received and provides recommendations for ongoing monitoring and care. All who have been treated for cancer in any of the center’s areas of specialty are eligible for the cancer care plan.

A provider trained in cancer survivorship strategies meets with patients to discuss their cancer diagnosis and treatment and how cancer has impacted the rhythms of their life.

These comprehensive visits may include nutrition counseling, exercise recommendations, stress management strategies, advice on cancer surveillance and risk reduction, and other topics such as sexuality and reproductive concerns. The provider may make referrals or recommendations to other specialists, resources, and physical therapy, as needed.

Our Mission and Goals

The goal of the survivorship program is to enhance the health, wellness, and quality of life of cancer patients by addressing their physical, psychological, and health-education needs. 

We team with primary care physicians as well as the staff at Lifespan hospitals and other community resources to ensure we address all aspects of survivorship.

Our mission is to help patients better understand their treatment and its aftermath. We guide survivors through adjustment to the post-treatment phase as they resume living healthy and fulfilling lives.

Our Team

The Adult Cancer Survivorship Program at the Lifespan Cancer Institute has special expertise in guiding cancer survivors on their journey to well-being.

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Christine M. Duffy, MD

Director, Adult Cancer Survivorship Program, Lifespan Cancer Institute; Medical Director, The Miriam Hospital Primary Care Clinic

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Camille Higel-McGovern, RN, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

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OWLS: Oncology, Wellness, Lifestyle and Survivorship Clinic

The Oncology, Wellness, Lifestyle, and Survivorship (OWLS) Clinic aims to help patients diagnosed with any type of cancer, at any stage, manage symptoms, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and improve quality of life during and after treatment. 

A multidisciplinary disciplinary team of clinicians will review each patient. After that, an individual living care plan will be created, in coordination with each patient’s primary care physicians and oncologists. 

Some of the symptoms we focus on include:

  • Brain fog
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Fatigue and deconditioning 
  • Heart, lung, genitourinary, gastrointestinal tract, neurologic, and dermatologic issues
  • Lymphedema
  • Nutrition and weight loss
  • Sleep issues
  • Treatment-related symptoms

Our mission is to guide survivors through treatment and the post-treatment phase as they resume healthy and fulfilling lives. 

Additional resources for cancer survivors

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The OWLS Clinic

For more information about the OWLS Clinic, or to schedule an appointment please contact the Lifespan Cancer Institute at 1-844-222-2881 or speak to your oncology team for a referral.