Congratulations! Cancer survivorship care begins after completing radiation therapy and is all about helping to improve your health and quality of life.

UFPTI cancer survivorship

Survivorship care after cancer treatment requires routine follow-ups which are important to provide education, monitor for post-treatment side effects and implement interventions when needed as well as coordinate personalized follow-up care and cancer screenings with other specialists.

Your doctor will follow up with you as long as is needed. When appropriate, your care may be transferred to one of our advanced care nurse practitioners who specializes in cancer survivorship care.

While proton therapy reduces post-treatment side effects, it is still important to ensure continuous monitoring for any health issues for each individual. Most follow-up appointments are brief, but important to maintaining appropriate and personalized care.

For the 97% of our patients who are on the Outcome Tracking Clinical Trial, what you tell us about your health and wellness for five, 10, or even more years following treatment is helpful in understanding long-term patient outcomes for cancers treated with proton therapy. This data is helping to shape the future of cancer care.

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Meet your survivorship team

Our advanced care nurse practitioners are experts in radiation oncology and cancer survivorship. If your doctor decides that you are doing well after treatment and have no major health concerns, they will let you know it is time to begin survivorship care. From there, you will meet with one of our experienced Radiation Oncology Nurse Practitioners.

This expert survivorship team supports patients after treatment for breast cancer, prostate cancer, head and neck cancer, brain tumors and other central nervous system diagnoses. After care is transferred by your doctor, our survivorship team will work with you to oversee your ongoing care and answer questions you may have. Your radiation oncologist is a part of your survivorship team and will be available for any concerns.

Teena Burchianti, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC, OCN®

Teena Burchianti, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC, OCN®

Radiation Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Breast & Gynecological Cancer Survivorship Care

Teena Burchianti, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC, OCN®, is an advanced practice registered nurse with more than 30 years of experience in oncology nursing. She provides expert survivorship care and education to breast and gynecologic cancer patients at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. Teena collaborates with the radiation oncologists in the assessment, evaluation and treatment of patients during and after proton therapy.

Kerri Copeland Jarrell, APRN

Kerri Copeland Jarrell, APRN

Radiation Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Prostate Cancer Survivorship Care

Kerri Copeland Jarrell, APRN is a radiation oncology nurse practitioner with the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. Her focus is on supporting patients in their survivorship journey after the completion of proton therapy radiation. Ms. Jarrell has over twelve years of experience working with adults, with a focus on educating patients to improve their health and well-being.

Toni Ruffino, APRN

Toni Ruffino, APRN

Radiation Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Brain Cancer and Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Care

Toni Ruffino, APRN is a radiation oncology nurse practitioner at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. Her role is dedicated to supporting patients in their survivorship journey after the completion of proton therapy radiation. Ms. Ruffino has over 16 years of experience as a nurse and nurse practitioner, supporting patients to improve their health and proactively care for their physical and emotional needs.

Questions about your survivorship care? Contact us through theMyUFHealth Patient Portal or call (904) 588-1800.

What to expect after treatment

How often and when follow up visits will be scheduled will depend on each individual and the cancer treated. In general, follow up is scheduled in the first few months following the completion of treatment, a few times in the first year and progressively less often until only an annual follow up is recommended. Ask your doctor when your next follow up is recommended.

Contact the center directly at any time if you have any concerns about your health after treatment has ended. Use your secured patient portal through MyUFHealth.

Radiation side effects vary greatly depending on the anatomical location of the treatment, the technology, and the combined cancer interventions patients receive before, during and after treatment. Skin changes are the most common side effect from radiation therapy, and typically heal on their own within a few weeks of completing radiation. Survivorship care allows the medical staff to monitor all types of side effects and promote appropriate interventions when necessary.

There is an increasing amount of cancer research supporting the connection between healthy lifestyle choices and preventing a cancer recurrence or development of a second cancer. Some suggestions from the American Cancer Society,, include: - Stop smoking - Moderate exercise -Maintain a healthy weight - Healthy diet - Adequate sleep - Reduce stress - Maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Now that you have completed the radiation phase of your treatment, we encourage you to attend support groups and/or reach out to friends and family for support. We understand how normal routines were interrupted during the time you were being treated. Be sure to take time to laugh with friends. Fill your life with things that bring you joy. The American Cancer Society also has many resources for survivorship at

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Perry C.

Absolutely amazing place. From end to end staff and facility are outstanding. And set a high standard that other such places should try and emulate. Key word “Try” UF Health can be copied but never duplicated. Kudos to whoever does the hiring/training.


Joey R.

My daughter is taking Proton Radiation treatments here. What an awesome and amazing place. The care she has received is 100% top notch. If this type of treatment can or would help you or your family member you will not be disappointed with the outpouring love, compassion & support from the staff at UFHealth.


David V.

UF Proton is an amazing facility with an amazing and extraordinary general and medical staff. I highly recommend that anyone considering proton therapy and is concerned with preservation quality of life reach out to them for a consultation. You will not regret it!


Kimberly B.

Excellent patient care! Outstanding support in the journey too!


Joe S.

100 STARS! Professional, Compassionate and Caring. They get the job done! They take time to explain the process and they take care of you continuously.

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