W. Temple Webber Cancer Center launches Survivorship Program


The W. Temple Webber Cancer at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System recently launched a Survivorship Program to help transition patients in remission to living beyond cancer. Yolanda Bone, DNP, FNP-BC, nurse practitioner for the W. Temple Webber Cancer Center, will oversee the survivorship program.
“Even after ringing the survivor bell, most patients are still fearful of being diagnosed with cancer again,” says Bone.

Bone will act as the liaison between patients, oncology physicians and primary care physicians. The program provides participants education regarding follow-up care and what patients can expect after completing their treatments. Bone prepares a Survivorship Care Plan for patients and their physicians. The care plan includes a summary of treatment with the patient’s history including diagnosis stage, treatment plan and possible side effects.

“It is important for patients to see their primary care provider regularly for prevention, detection, screening and treatment of complications,” says Gary Upp, director, W. Temple Webber Cancer Center. “The survivorship program will help direct the patient to establish a primary care provider for follow up care if they do not already have one. If they have a primary care provider, Yolanda will help patients transition from cancer care back to primary care with their physicians.”

In addition, when patients are first diagnosed with cancer, the program helps identify rehabilitation needs when treatment is first initiated to keep patients at optimum health during and after treatments.
Bone has over 28 years of experience in health care with a focus on primary care. She received her master’s degree in nursing from South University, Tampa, FL in 2013 and completed the Doctorate in Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner Program from Brandman University in California in 2016.

About W. Temple Webber Cancer Center at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System:

CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System provides the Texarkana region’s only American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accredited program, and the W. Temple Webber Cancer Center at CHRISTUS St. Michael is the only truly comprehensive cancer treatment center by offering both Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology services in one convenient location. Services include chemotherapy and infusion therapy services, radiation therapy using the latest in guidance system technology, low-dose and high-dose radiation brachytherapy, and stereotactic radiotherapy.  Our support services include the Breast and Cervical Cancer Outreach Program, Clinical Oncology Patient Navigation Services, Social Services, Genetic Counseling, Nutritional Counseling and Pastoral Care Services. The W. Temple Webber Cancer Center is a recipient of funding through both the Susan G. Komen for a Cure and from Texas Breast and Cervical Cancer Services for the purpose of ensuring residents in our region have access to screening and diagnostic services for the detection of breast cancer, regardless of their ability to pay. The W. Temple Webber Cancer Center is a part of CHRISTUS St. Michael Health system serving the Texarkana region since 1916 with a mission “To Extend the Healing Ministry of Jesus Christ.”

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