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Breast Cancer Survivorship Program

Life after breast cancer treatment can feel like being in a new world. You may be anxious about the cancer returning. You may miss seeing your doctors. You may notice new health issues related to your treatment.

The Baystate Breast Cancer Survivorship Program will provide you the tools, support, and resources to help you through this time and far into the future.

The goals of the program include:

  • Guiding you to the appropriate follow-up care and screenings.
  • Helping you manage health issues that may be a result of treatment. Our team can help you find solutions to the most common symptoms and side effects.
  • Promoting overall wellness. From staying active to easing your stress, there are plenty of ways to support your total health – and we have programs to help you.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

When you complete active treatment, your focus turns to prevention and health maintenance.

Once a year, you'll see one of the program’s nurse practitioners trained in health maintenance and symptom management.

During the visit, your nurse practitioner will discuss:

  • Lifestyle changes that may decrease the risk of breast cancer recurring
  • Breast health
  • Heart health
  • Bone health
  • Updating your family history
  • Avoiding weight gain
  • Managing menopausal symptoms without using estrogen

We’ll also schedule your breast exam as well as a mammogram as needed.

Baystate Health offers the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program alongside other support services for cancer patients. We encourage you to take part in our other survivorship events and programs, including Rays of Hope activities.

ABOUT RAYS OF HOPE

Rays of Hope is an annual walk and run event that funds breast cancer research and supports breast cancer patients throughout their cancer journey and into survivorship.

Breast cancer survivor Lucy Giuggio Carvalho founded Rays of Hope in 1994, after being treated for stage 1 breast cancer at the age of 38 at Baystate Medical Center.

Since it was founded in 1994, Rays of Hope has been committed to improving breast health and breast cancer awareness in our community. The event has grown from 500 to over 20,000 participants and has raised more than $14.2 million – all of which has been awarded locally throughout western Massachusetts.