Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be frightening. The St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center’s patient and family support staff is specially trained to help patients navigate the health care system and find the support they need to manage the daily challenges of living with cancer.
Just as each individual is unique, each individual’s experience with cancer is different. The patient and family support staff is available to help people learn how to adjust to having cancer and find ways manage their personal concerns. Talking with a trained staff member can help people deal with physical, emotional, and psychological side effects, manage uncertainty, and make connections with community agencies that can provide additional support.
Access to Resources
Another role of the patient and family support staff is to make sure the people have all of the resources they need throughout their cancer journey. Arranging transportation, identifying potential sources of financial assistance, aiding in communicating with the health care team, providing referrals to support groups and other community resources, and providing support services to aid in stress management are just a few of the ways staff members can help ease the burden created by cancer.
A cancer diagnosis doesn’t only impact the patient. The support staff can help both patients and loved ones learn how to cope with the changing roles and responsibilities associated with cancer. Support staff can help the patient learn to cope with new limitations and accept support, help the family deal with each phase of their loved one’s illness, and facilitate communication between the patient and family members regarding the emotional changes they are experiencing.
Support through Survivorship
Life after cancer treatment can also be a challenging time. In addition to the physical recovery, there are often other worries such as returning to a job, financial strain from medical bills, and fear of the disease recurring. Patient and family support staff can help patients manage these stresses. From one-on-one counseling to facilitation of support groups, staff members can help each patient find the individual support he or she needs.
For more information on patient and family support, please call us at 308.398.6517.