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 well-being 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 six appointments, held every other week, to learn how to live well for the rest of your life.
Learning in a shared setting
Living Well After Breast Cancer Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs) are a series of uniquely designed medical appointments. They offer you extended time with 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
- How to manage symptoms with the use of acupuncture, acupressure, mind/body therapy, yoga and/or Tai Chi
- Download our Breast Cancer SMA flyer (currently being updated, Dec 2020)
What Can I Expect?
How will I be able maintain progress?
After each session, you will be given a limited set of key self-care practices to implement into your daily life. Needless to say, regular practice sustains 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, our specialist 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 through a web or virtual meeting using MyChart.
When is this SMA offered?
Sessions will be held every other week on Wednesdays from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. for a total of six visits. Please call 216.448.4325, option 4 for more information or to register.