Cancer Survivor

“It’s been more than eight years since Janelle O’Malley was diagnosed at age 49 with a rare form of ovarian cancer, but she still struggles with sleep problems and other side effects from being thrust into immediate menopause.

Now she has a new way of attacking those problems.

O’Malley has become one of the first patients of the Stanford Cancer Institute’s new Survivorship Clinic, which opened earlier this month. The nurse-led clinic focuses on long-term gynecological cancer survivors who no longer have to be seen regularly by their oncologists, and may expand to include patients with other forms of cancer.

With the new program, Stanford joins a small but growing number of hospitals that have developed comprehensive programs to help patients with the medical and psychological aftereffects of cancer.”

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