Breast Cancer: Shared Medical Appointment
Lifestyle Changes After Breast Cancer Treatment May Prevent Recurrence
After treatment for breast cancer, a unique series of Shared Medical Appointments can help you improve your health and wellbeing and reduce the risk of recurrence. If you have been treated for breast cancer, you may be eligible to join us for an enjoyable series of seven appointments, every other week, to learn how to live well for the rest of your life.
Learning in a shared setting
Breast Cancer Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs) are a series of uniquely designed medical appointments. They offer you extended time with medical oncology and lifestyle medicine providers — in the company of others who share similar health concerns. More information is often exchanged during a SMA than an individual office visit because participants learn from each others’ comments and interaction with experts. SMA participants also benefit from group support.
What can I expect from Breast Cancer SMAs?
These shared medical appointments are designed to help you adopt lifestyle practices that lead to optimal self-care. Each session will address one key lifestyle feature of a chronic disease. Discussions and practical experience will focus on lifestyle changes that positively impact health, as you learn:
- How to transition to healthy eating
- How to safely increase physical activity
- How to recognize and manage stress
- Download our Breast Cancer SMA flyer
What Can I Expect?
How will I be able maintain progress?
After each session, you will be given a limited set of key practices to implement into your daily life. Needless to say, regular practice leads to lasting lifestyle modifications that promote health.
Will I have to leave my primary care physician or my breast cancer treatment team?
No, you will keep your primary care and breast cancer specialists. During these appointments, lifestyle medicine physicians will work with your primary care and breast cancer teams to address the lifestyle-related aspects of your condition.
Is this program covered by insurance?
Shared medical appointments are covered by most insurance plans. Participants are responsible for an insurance co-pay at each appointment and for a one-time charge for program materials. (Cleveland Clinic employees have no copay for the physician component of this program.)
Where are Breast Cancer SMAs offered?
Breast Cancer Shared Medical Appointments are offered at the Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine, in the serene surroundings of the Wellness Institute on Cleveland Clinic’s Lyndhurst campus, 1950 Richmond Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124.
When is this SMA offered?
Sessions will be held every other week from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. for a total of seven visits. Please call 216.448.HEAL (4325) for more information or to register.