119TAB SIX | SURVIVORSHIP patient guide
UAB Services to Think About Talk with your doctor to help you locate services such as these:
Couples Counseling You and your partner work with trained specialists who can help you talk about problems, learn about each other’s
needs, and ﬁnd ways to cope. Counseling may include issues related to sex and intimacy.
Faith or Spiritual Counseling Some members of the clergy are trained to help you cope with cancer concerns, such as feeling alone, fear of death,
searching for meaning, and doubts about faith.
Family Support Programs Your whole family may be involved in the healing process. In these programs, you and your
family members take part in therapy sessions with trained specialists who can help you talk about problems, learn about
each other’s needs, and ﬁnd answers.
Genetic Counseling Trained specialists can advise you on whether to have genetic testing for cancer and how to deal with the results. It
can be helpful for you and for family members who have concerns about their own health.
Home Care Services State and local governments offer many services that you may ﬁnd useful after cancer treatment. For example, a nurse
or physical therapist may be able to come to your home. You may also be able to get help with housework or cooking.
Check the phone book under the categories Social Services, Health Services, or Aging Services.
Individual Counseling Trained mental health specialists can help you deal with your feelings, such as anger, sadness, and concern for your
Supportive Care and Survivors Clinic All doctors can offer follow-up care, but there are also clinics that specialize in long-term follow-up after cancer. The
UAB Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic offers many of the services listed here for cancer patients, survivors, and
Nutritionists/Dietitians They can help you with gaining or losing weight and with healthy eating.
Occupational Therapists They can help you regain, develop, and build skills that are important for day-to-day living. They can help you relearn
how to do daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, or feeding yourself, after cancer treatment.
For more information on the specialties and programs that can help you with the transition from treatment into survivorship,
please ask your doctor or call our Supportive Care and Survivors Clinic at (205) 975-8190.