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Oncology Supportive Care Programs

Our evidence-based comprehensive approach to care optimizes quality of life and effectiveness of treatment for patients and survivors. We offer a wide variety of services including genetic counseling, patient navigation, nutrition counseling and classes, support groups and counseling, mind-body and exercise classes, and library resources and education.

Most of the services and classes are free-of-charge and open to patients, survivors, family members and caregivers(some restrictions apply).

We are committed to helping those with cancer take an active role in achieving a calmer mind, a healthier body, a strengthened immune system, and a renewed capacity to cope. A wide range of activities, support groups, classes and complementary programs such as yoga, healing touch, knitting, painting, laughter, writing and nutritional counseling, comprise a system of supportive care that helps address multiple aspects of healing. These services are helping more patients than ever. Though not covered by insurance, they are a vital aspect of successful cancer care. Patients often report that these programs help them to not only survive a cancer diagnosis, but to thrive.

The Cancer Center’s Support Services team provides patients with financial and logistical assistance, including transportation, appointments, lodging, information and advocacy. The wide range of support offered by the Cancer Center means our patients can focus their energies on healing. As our community’s safety net for cancer care, many services provided by this team are funded through contributions which provide financial assistance to patients unable to pay for their medical expenses. Support Services staff helps qualified patients to access assistance programs through private foundations, free pharmaceuticals, co-pay assistance programs, cancer-specific funds and other programs. Throughout the nearly 30 years that these services have been in existence at the Cancer Center, they have always been available to any cancer patient in our community — regardless of where they receive their care.

For information about our Supportive Care Programs or our our Social Work Services please call (805) 898-2204.