A cancer diagnosis impacts more than just your physical health. Although most people today realize that most patients enjoy years - sometimes many years - of good health after treatment, the diagnosis can affect your emotional well-being, your career, your stamina, your appearance, your ability to enjoy good food, your temperament, and your family.
There's little cancer leaves untouched. That's why the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) believes in providing care for the whole person. It includes applying the best and latest science to your treatment regimen, but it also may include finding out whether you want or need to work during your treatment. If so, your medical team may recommend a plan to accommodate that need.
CTRC also believes in addressing the emotional upheaval cancer may cause, whether it manifests itself through clinical depression, anxiety, or some other psychosocial diagnosis. Patients and family members alike can receive emotional support in our Department of Psychosocial Services. An oncologic psychologist is a regular member of the multidisciplinary treatment teams that staff our specialty clinics and is available to educate or counsel patients coping with a multitude of changes and concerns. A consulting psychiatrist can prescribe drugs, if they are required, that "fit" well with the patient's cancer treatments. CTRC also sponsors and makes referrals to numerous support groups including some exclusively for children and caregivers.
Additional assistance can come from social workers who can help with arranging for home health care, connecting with community services, providing crisis intervention, and offering emotional support and counsel. Likewise, our staff dietitian can provide nutritional counseling, secure supplemental nourishment for those who need it, and educate patients on how to cook and eat better to improve their dietary intake during treatment and beyond.
CTRC Patient and Family Services and the Wellness Center, which administers both the social work and nutritional programs, also address needs ranging from basic housing and food to programs for stress reduction and exercise for breast cancer patients.
Regardless of the service or the department, at CTRC the patient remains at the center. It's how we help you choose life over cancer.