Supporting the Cancer Journey
Patient support services help you through treatment, recovery and survivorship.
We understand a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for patients. Our nurse navigators provide guidance, encouragement and coordination so patients understand what to expect every step of the way.
Nurse navigators also:
- Communicate with physicians on behalf of patients
- Help schedule and coordinate tests and appointments
- Link patients with support services
- Explain the process and next steps
We believe in a holistic approach to your health and wellness, and we offer access to scientifically proven integrative therapy choices. The goal is to minimize treatment side effects with strategies for pain control, symptom control and relaxation, including light-touch massage, acupuncture, music therapy, art therapy, pet therapy and supportive care services, such as our comprehensive lymphedema program.
Spectrum Health provides patients with coordinated cancer rehabilitation focused on improving the quality of life for cancer survivors. Our comprehensive program offers important physical and psychological rehabilitation to survivors, so they can recover more quickly and completely than they would otherwise. We serve all survivors in need, whether they are beginning treatment, finished with treatment or experiencing unresolved issues from prior treatment.
Patients have access to a social worker who is trained to identify and assist with psychosocial needs, such as transportation for care, financial issues and emotional support.
Emotional and Spiritual Support
From pastoral care to psychiatry to support groups, we offer assistance to individuals dealing with emotional issues on the road to recovery. For example, our Supportive Care Medicine Clinic, led by a psychiatrist, provides support to adult cancer patients and family members as they cope with the life changes that often accompany a cancer diagnosis.
Spectrum Health Hospice and Palliative Care
Our goal is to provide care centered on comfort and compassion. Palliative care helps our cancer patients manage their symptoms and pain. If a cure is no longer possible, we offer choices so patients have control of their comfort, dignity and life.