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Living Well Beyond Cancer

Hear from survivors about how this program is changing lives.

This survivorship program, offered through Aurora Women's Pavilion at Aurora West Allis Medical Center, is specifically designed for women who have been diagnosed with breast or other cancers and have finished radiation, chemotherapy or other treatments. The completion of treatment is not the end of the cancer experience, yet marks the ongoing journey into survivorship.

The goals of Living Well Beyond Cancer are to provide education, guidance and empower survivors to make decisions which maximize their health, longevity and quality of life. The program provides a plan for each participant, which links back to the primary care physician. The program builds on many successful Pavilion services, such as Living Well (weight loss program), Movin' and Groovin' (conditioning program for bone loss), cancer support groups, smoking cessation and a sexual medicine clinic.

Patients treated for cancer may experience long-term effects from treatment, such as changes in relationships, weight gain, feelings of anxiety, fear of recurrence, bone loss and more.

Our 12-month program is divided into two phases:

  • The first phase consists of three months of weekly meetings, which include a one-on-one review of food and activity journals, held at the Wisconsin Athletic Club in West Allis. The main focus is on helping participants make lifestyle and behavior changes necessary to achieve and maintain their optimal health and reduce their risk factors for cancer recurrence. Membership to the Wisconsin Athletic Club is included.
  • The second phase is a nine-month maintenance program with monthly classes that address specific interests of cancer survivors.

A nurse practitioner, the primary contact for Living Well Beyond Cancer, develops a customized survivorship care plan for each patient. This long-term plan includes a portable detail of a survivor's oncology diagnostic and treatment summary, and cites guidelines for continued monitoring, including preventive practice recommendations.

The plan maps out available resources and services such as weight loss/maintenance, sexual health, financial counseling, and family therapy. The Oncology Team at the Pavilion develops and provides a series of educational programs around survivorship issues to cancer survivors in the community and treated within Aurora Health Care. If available and appropriate, patients may also be offered the opportunity to participate in survivorship clinical trials. Quality metrics will be collected, monitored and reported.