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Breast Cancer Survivorship Program

Ongoing Support After Breast Cancer Treatment

It’s normal to feel nervous or confused after you’ve completed breast cancer treatment. You may be anxious about your 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.

This program will:

  • Guide you to the appropriate follow-up care and screenings.
  •  Help you manage health issues that may be a result of treatment. Our support team can help you find solutions to the most common symptoms and side effects.
  • Promote 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 Breast Cancer Survivorship 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:

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

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

    We offer the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program alongside other support services for patients who have gone through cancer treatment. 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 her treatment for stage 1 breast cancer at the age of 38 at Baystate Medical Center.

    Since the program’s founding, 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.