BENEFITING: EYE & EAR FOUNDATION INC
ORGANIZER: EYE & EAR FOUNDATION INC
EVENT: 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon
EYE & EAR FOUNDATION INC wrote -
This year, the Eye & Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh has established a team of runners participating in the Pittsburgh Marathon, Half-Marathon, and Relay in support of the UPMC Survivorship Clinic for patients recovering from cancer of the head and/or neck. Survivorship has been described as the period in a person’s life after they have been diagnosed with cancer. The UPMC Survivorship Clinic was established to better meet the needs of head and neck cancer survivors by eliminating fragmented post-treatment care. The Survivorship Clinic is a multi-disciplinary collaboration of nurses, doctors, swallowing therapists, dental medicine, and other healthcare providers, including physical and mental health therapies. Patients are comprehensively surveyed regarding their needs, in an effort to identify potential areas with which we can help. Following recovery from cancer treatment, almost every patient finds that their body has been changed forever. Common problems include a change in the saliva, excessive mucus, loss of taste and eventually loss of teeth. Other problems can develop such as stiffness in the neck and shoulders and, of course, difficulty swallowing. Less common, but very important, challenges include progressive loss of hearing and the onset of anxiety and depression. These challenges can affect quality of life and, in some situations, lead to a significantly lower quality of life.Our efforts in the Survivorship Clinic are to identify patients who need help and then to provide access to resources, which may improve quality of life. The Survivorship Marathon team thanks its supporters for their generosity.