Follow-up visits are especially important after lung cancer treatment, and high-quality follow-up care has been linked with better outcomes. Recurrence is common, and lung cancer survivors are also more likely than those who have never had the disease to develop a second primary lung cancer — a new growth unrelated to the first.
You’ll need regular follow-up visits to check for recurrence and to help you manage any side effects of treatment. You’ll have access to our wide range of support services, such as our:
Our lung cancer survivorship clinic and cancer survivorship program provide all the services and resources you need after lung cancer treatment, including outstanding clinical care and active monitoring, as well as education and support for you and your family. We can also help you with professional guidance in nutrition and other lifestyle changes that can help you fight cancer. For instance, we can help you quit smoking if needed and cope with the aftereffects of lung cancer and its treatment. For instance, if part or all of a lung has been removed, we can recommend ways to help you stay as healthy as possible and improve your quality of life.
Physical and occupational therapy
Our physical and occupational therapists can help you restore function, increase mobility, and improve quality of life following surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.
Mental health support: Psychosocial Oncology
Lung cancer and its treatment can take a toll on your mental health as well as your physical health. You may have a range of emotions, including anger, fear, guilt and sadness. Our team of psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers and chaplains can help you work through these emotions and find strength and comfort. We can also link you and your family with support groups and other resources in the community.
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. You can practice mindfulness meditation, enjoy some art or music therapy, use our computer lab, or relax with others in our central gathering room. You may connect with others who are facing similar challenges.
Our integrative medicine program offers acupuncture, acupressure, massage and other therapies and services to help you achieve balance of body and mind.
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.