IU Health Arnett talks survivorship during Breast Cancer Awareness Month series


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Every week in October, News 18 This Morning will feature an IU Health Arnett director to talk about a different aspect of breast cancer. On Tuesday, Oct. 11, radiation oncologist Dr. Neil Estabrook, spoke about survivorship.

“Any patient of any type of cancer, they’re going to have the initial shock of having that diagnosis. Then they’ll hopefully go through a successful treatment course,” said Dr. Estabrook when asked to explain survivorship. “They then have hopefully a long life in front of them where these issues of having that cancer diagnosis are carried forward as part of their medical history for the rest of their lives, as well as the treatment effects that could possible become long-term medical health issues that need to monitored and taken care of as they arise.”

Survivorship is also about a patient’s mental health.

“A cancer diagnosis can be quite devastating for a person,” said Dr. Estabrook. “Sometimes treatment like chemotherapy or radiation therapy can cause cognitive disabilities long term. … Patients need to be cared for in that regard as well.”

There are several resources available through IU Health Arnett for cancer patients.

Dr. Estabrook recommended a fact sheet from the American Cancer Society and a worksheet from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. You can call 765-838-6885 for more information.