As healthcare providers, you know better than most that early diagnosis and improved treatment are increasing cancer survival rates. In fact, it is estimated that there are 13.7 million cancer survivors in the U.S. -- or about 4% of the population -- a number that is expected to increase by 31%, to almost 18 million by 2022.
As a result, people with cancer are living longer and requiring significantly more services along the continuum of care: from screening and prevention, to treatment, and palliative care, all of which may be delivered across multiple specialty and primary care provider locations. In order to help survivors coordinate their multi-disciplinary care, the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer is requiring that by 2015 all its accredited facilities must provide patients with a survivorship care plan.
An appearance-enhancement facility, such as an Image Recovery Centers®, can be a critical component of that plan. And by operating an onsite center, you may be able to deliver survivorship care in one single location.
A Complete Solution
Cancer treatments work to heal your patients on the inside. An Image Recovery Centers® works to heal your patients on the outside. This compassionate and comprehensive program is designed to provide women, men, teens and children, along with their families and caregivers, with safe and helpful solutions for managing appearance-related clinical distress caused by the side effects of chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery.
In a relaxed, private, spa-like environment your patients will receive a complimentary, one-on-one appearance consultation with a clinically trained image-care expert. Consultations may include information on hair-loss management and head wear or specially formulated pelle sana Naturals skin care and make-up products, as well as breast prostheses and mastectomy products, lymphedema prevention and management garments, massage and body work, and more.
Then, based on their specific needs, and working in collaboration with you and their other medical providers, the trained Image Recovery staff will develop an individual appearance enhancement plan to assist each patient throughout treatment and beyond, managing any visible changes that may occur along the way.
By reducing their anxiety and concerns related to appearance, you will be better able to help your patients focus on wellness and recovery.