Education and Support
We offer a variety of services to support the physical and emotional needs of our patients and their families.
Our interdisciplinary staff works closely with patients and family members to provide comprehensive, compassionate support.
We help patients:
- Understand the medical and psychological aspects of their care
- Sort through the decisions and options during this life-changing illness
- Manage insurance coverage
- Complete relevant paperwork
- Find appropriate support resources, such as support groups and home care
Breast Cancer Coordinator
Being diagnosed with breast cancer is a life-changing experience. It can be overwhelming trying to understand the new diagnosis, make decisions about treatment options and know what support is available to women with breast cancer.
From the time of diagnosis through recovery, breast cancer coordinators (certified breast health specialists) serve as a consistent source of education and support to women and their families.
Breast cancer coordinators provide:
- One-on-one consultations to tailor education to meet each individual woman's needs, answer questions and calm fears
- Reliable informational tools
- Information on support groups
- Information about services at Premier Health and in the community
- Attend weekly multidisciplinary conferences to review breast cancer cases of women being treated at all hospitals within the Premier Health System
- Continual follow-up visits and calls after surgery, during treatment and recovery
Lung Cancer Coordinator
Lung cancer coordinators meet with patients to provide education and support and to assist with timely treatment.
Lung cancer coordinators help:
- With communications between physician and patient
- Patients understand their treatment plan and “next steps”
- Connect the patient to support services and community resources
Spiritual Counseling Services
Premier Health Pastoral Care supports patients and families experiencing grief and loss. A diagnosis of cancer can test personal emotional boundaries.
A chaplain from Pastoral Care provides compassionate care in times of physical, emotional and spiritual stress. Our professionally trained chaplains respond to requests 24 hours a day for patient visits and referrals to assess spiritual needs. Learn more about Spiritual Care.
Cancer Information Center
Having the right information helps patients better cope with cancer diagnosis and treatment. Our Cancer Information Center is located in the Compton Center. We offer a patient resource center with Internet access and information on a wide range of cancer-related topics. You will also find patient education about specific types of cancer and treatment options.
We offer a variety of educational services including:
- Coping with diagnosis and treatment
- Developing a nutrition plan
- Finding support groups
- Numerous cancer screenings
- Information sessions throughout the community
Atrium Medical Center physicians have created a library of videos to help answer your questions about different types of cancer. Watch the Videos.
At Atrium Medical Center, we know cancer patients often find comfort in the support of others who know what they are experiencing. Learn More.
Cancer survivorship includes the physical, emotional and day-to-day issues of the cancer journey. There are more than 10 million people in the U.S. today who are cancer survivors. Three out of every four American families will have at least one family member diagnosed with cancer. Learn more about cancer survivorship
Sometimes cancer, or cancer treatment, can make mobility, self-care or communication difficult. Our Rehabilitation team works with patients to help them regain strength and vitality.
This team includes:
- Physiatrists who specialize in non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal problems
- Specially trained nurses
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech therapists
- Social workers
- Recreational therapists
- Clinical psychologists
- Pastoral care providers
During treatment, a patient’s appetite can be affected and eating might sometimes feel like a chore.
Our registered dietitians:
- Recommend resources to help patients learn how to handle treatment side effects
- Develop special diets that help restore energy
- Take into consideration each patient’s food preferences
- Explain specific diets that maximize intake, comfort and safety during and after treatment
- Help patients be nutritionally healthy to prevent treatment delays
Case Management and Social Services
After treatment is complete, we help patients transition from the hospital to home or to an alternative care location. A social worker or case manager coordinates any special care or services that might be needed including:
- A visiting nurse, home health aide, physical therapist and social worker
- Private sitters from home health agencies or hospice
- Special equipment such as a walker or wheelchair
- Help with other placement, if recommended by the physician
- Help with arranging transportation services
- Recommendations for financial assistance
- Counseling and support about personal and family issues
- Recommendations for psychosocial needs
- Help with spiritual needs
The Cancer Annual Report
Cancer Program Annual Report - 2012
One of the caring extras we offer is a wig boutique located in The Compton Center. We have wigs, hats, scarves, turbans and pillows. All the supplies are donated by the community and are provided at no cost to anyone in need of these items. You do not have to be receiving treatment at The Compton Center in order to use this service.
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