The path to survivorship

With advances in medicine, millions of people are living with cancer than ever before. For that reason, we established The Survivorship Program—a program designed to help patients transition to life following treatment, by alleviating some of their common concerns. Patients who receive Survivorship care often report less stress, monitor for signs of recurrence, identify signs of late treatment effects, have a sense of control in their health and well being, and can collaborate with their health care providers to prevent disease. They also report an overall improvement in their quality of life. At Main Line Health we provide a one-on-one meeting with patients post-treatment, which will help you begin the healing process and aim to achieve the following:

  • Optimize your quality of life by introducing community or national programs to help you cope with any social, practical and emotional needs and find a “new normal”
  • Educate patients on how to identify and manage possible late and long-term side effects of treatment
  • Review recommendations for appropriate cancer followup care including screenings, nutrition, and exercise
  • Introduce preventative care strategies to help eliminate or minimize new health problems
  • Create a personalized Survivorship Care Plan including summary of treatments received and who to contact with concerns
  • Communicate recommendations and other relevant information to your health care providers

For more information or to schedule an appointment, email survivorship@mlhs.org or call 484.565.1642.

Our nurse practitioner

Kathleen Sacharian, MSN, CRNP

Kathleen specializes in the care of cancer patients and coordinates their Survivorship experience. A graduate in nursing of the University of Delaware, where her love for oncology began, Kathleen completed her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a board-certified Adult Registered Nurse Practitioner, member of the Oncology Nursing Society and guest lecturer.

Kathleen’s unique background in both academic medical centers and community practices and knowledge of various clinical fields including bone marrow transplant, medical and radiation oncology, home and palliative care, survivorship, research and nursing education enhances the care she provides to her patients, enabling them to live well after treatment.

Appointments with Kathleen are available at the Cancer Center of Paoli Hospital, as well as the Main Line Health Centers in Collegeville and at Exton Square.