Your needs after treatment will depend on how your cancer was treated and other factors. You’ll need to come back for follow-up care to make sure you are healing well, and your cancer hasn’t returned. Your follow-up treatment plan may include:
- Rehabilitation to regain strength and function, including help with swallowing, breathing and coughing to clear the airways
- Pain management to help you stay as comfortable as possible during and after treatment
You’ll also have access to our wide range of support services.
Our survivorship program provides education and support to help you live fully after esophageal cancer.
Mental health support: Psychosocial oncology
Esophageal cancer and its aftereffects can affect your sense of self, your goals and your family. Turn to our team of psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers and chaplains for help with anxiety, depression, fear of recurrence and other issues. We can also link you with support groups and other resources in the community. Find out more.
Cancer Patient Support Center
On the third floor of our west wing, our patient support center is an 8,000 square-foot pavilion dedicated to your healing, wellness, education and recovery. Take a healthy cooking class, practice mindfulness meditation, enjoy some art or music therapy, use our computer lab, or relax with others in our central gathering room. Find out more.
Our integrative medicine program offers acupuncture, acupressure, massage and other therapies and services to help you achieve balance of body and mind.
With an emphasis on healing, recovery, wellness and disease prevention, Miami Cancer Institute’s Survivorship Program team is right there with you as you move into the next phase of your life.
Ringing of the bell
A bright silver bell hangs in the lobby of Miami Cancer Institute. The ringing of the bell signals the end of active treatment. This tradition was started by rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, Irve Le Moyne, who was undergoing radiation for head and neck cancer. He planned to follow a Navy tradition of ringing a bell to signify “when the job was done.” Now nearly all facilities have a similar bell that patients can ring to mark the end of treatment.