VA San Diego Healthcare System
Cancer Survivorship and Resources
According to the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, an individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis, through the balance of his or her life. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also impacted by the survivorship experience and are therefore included in this definition.
As outlined by the Office of Cancer Survivorship, our mission of care for survivors includes enhancement of quality of life and length of survival of persons diagnosed with cancer. Areas of focus are directed to identification and treatment of the late and long-term adverse effects of treatment, and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.
Survivorship care for a cancer patient includes coordination of care between primary care providers and specialists to ensure all health needs are met. This encompasses interventions for consequences of cancer and its treatment including medical, psychological, financial and social, assessment of late effects of treatment, and surveillance for recurrence and/or secondary cancers.To this mission, the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) has established a survivorship clinic, available to Veteran cancer survivors. Access to this clinic is through appointment requested by the treating oncologist.
Services:The following services, available at VASDHS, may be offered by consult or on a self-referral basis:
- Behavioral Medicine (counseling)
- Chiropractic care
- Family Mental Health Program (couples counseling)
- MOVE program (weight control)
- Nutrition consultation
- Pain Management
- Palliative care
- Smoking cessation
- Social work
- Urology Men’s Class
- Recreation Therapy
- Mindful Living Class
- Spiritual/ Chaplain Services
- Yoga Nidra (sleep yoga) via telehealth
Please contact your Primary Care Provider to place a consult for you. Primary Care Call Center - (858) 552-8585, ext. 7475.
For more information, please call:
Veterans Cancer Survivor Program Coordinator
Phone: 858-642-1092 or
Cancer Survivor Clinic
Area 3, San Diego VAMC
Hours of Operation
Every second Wednesday of the month
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon