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What to Expect on Your Cancer Care Journey

May 11, 2020 | Dr. Timothy Adamowicz

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A cancer diagnosis is something no one expects. As you go through diagnosis and treatment you may have a lot of questions about the process, but you may also want a support team there to comfort you on this journey.

For over 20 years, Fisher-Titus has cared for cancer patients close to home as if they were their own family. No matter where you are in your journey, our team is here to support you.

Prevention and Screenings

Detecting cancer early is key for treating cancer. Sometimes there may be signs or symptoms that something is wrong like lumps, sores that will not heal, abnormal bleeding, persistent indigestions, and chronic hoarseness.

However, sometimes there are no noticeable symptoms. This is why it’s important to complete the regular screenings recommended by your doctor. These may include the following screenings:

  • Breast – screening mammograms
  • Colon – colonoscopy
  • Lung – CT scan of the lungs
  • Skin – visual exam of the skin
  • Cervical – Pap smear and/or HPV test
  • Prostate – Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test or Digital Rectal Examination (DRE)

If you are unsure what screenings you should be getting regularly, talk to your doctor. They can take into consideration your age and any risk factors your may have to determine which screenings you should be getting and how often.

Accessing care close to home

When you receive a cancer diagnosis, it’s likely you don’t want to have to drive far to receive your treatment. There’s a comfort in being close to your home and your family as you journey through what is usually a difficult time.

At the Fisher-Titus Cancer Care Center, you have access to some of the latest diagnostics and treatments including the early detection screenings listed above, diagnostic imaging, radiation services, surgery, rehabilitation, and support services. We provide these services for a many different types of cancers including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Colon/rectal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Lymphoma/leukemia
  • Brain cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Head/neck cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Kidney center
  • Melanoma
  • Multiple myeloma

Survivorship

Caring for yourself through your cancer journey does not end when you are “cancer free.” Through survivorship programs, patients can go beyond being physically cancer free and maintain a healthy lifestyle mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

After completing treatment, your survivorship journey may include a variety services including:

  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Behavioral Health
  • Nutrition
  • Financial
  • Radiology
  • Lab
  • Nursing
  • Primary Care

In 2019, The Fisher-Titus Cancer Care Center hosted two Cancer Survivorship events focused at providing education and fellowship for cancer survivors, current patients, and their families. In 2020, we are working to continue to develop and expand our survivorship program to support our patients long after they are cancer free.

About the Dr. Adamowicz

Dr. Timothy Adamowicz is a medical oncologist seeing patients at Fisher-Titus. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. The Fisher-Titus Cancer Care Center recently welcomed two medical oncologists, Dr. Timothy Adamowicz and Dr. James Fanning of NOMS Oncology. For more information about the Cancer Care Center, visit fishertitus.org/cancer-care-center.