• Cancer survivor care plan and other support systems.

    Asked by SpunkyS on Tuesday, January 8, 2013

    Cancer survivor care plan and other support systems.

    Does your cancer center assess and address your needs for spiritual, nutritional, and/or emotional? Has anyone talked to you about a Cancer Survivor care plan as discussed in the latest issue of CURE magazine and suggested by the Institute of Medicine in 2005?
    Thoughts about yes or no answers? Care to share?

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Not generally, no. Oncologists treat cancer. Cancer centers provide the facilities for treating cancer. Personally, I wouldn't want them to plan my spiritual, nutritional, and emotional needs because they have no expertise to do so. Some of the larger for profit cancer centers may provide these services, which are usually contracted out and substantially pads the bills and are not typically covered by insurance carriers. If you want spiritual support, go to your pastor (or equivalent), if you want nutritional support, go to a dietitian, if you want emotional support, go to a psychologist or join a cancer survivors support group.

      I remember reading that article in Cure, but several months ago, so either not the latest issue or they have published another article on the same subject. In any case, in the article I read, the intent was to provide info, ideas, and resources to help you create your own plan, not to find one stop shopping to have one created for you.

      over 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Your treatment center should have some information on part of that. Also, click on the resources link in the purple navigation bar at the top of the page and go to the American Cancer Society page, you can look up support groups there or call their 800 number that is listed and they will direct you toward the nearest support group that they have listed.

      over 7 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      There is an ACS offic with support servicesjust down the hall from my oncoogists office The hospital also sponsers cancer patient and caregiver support groups. Not all do this but you can usually fid a social worker in the hospital or cancer center that can at least give you information on support services. It often depends o the demand for such services as to there availability. You may have to ask to find out where the services are.

      over 7 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      Thanks for your answers. I hope to hear from more people. I was just wondering what other people have available to them at their treatment place and what our center could learn.

      I am not looking for the services since all of them are available at my treatment center. They have trained certified chaplains who work with people at all stages of illness/wellness, a dedicated social worker, dietician by request. They do have a support group too. Not too shabby for a smaller treatment center.

      over 7 years ago
    • RachaelC@StF's Avatar
      RachaelC@StF Community Outreach Coordinator 317-528-7794 (Best Answer!)

      Hi SpunkyS
      I am very happy to hear that your cancer center offers you all of those things, as they are a necessary part of healing. Here at St. Francis, we have nurse navigators who specialize in specific areas, such as breast, lung and colorectal. From diagnosis, that nurse navigator helps you plan your treatments, doctor's appointments, connects you to any resource you need, etc. They essentially lay out a care plan for you. Those nurse navigators work within a Multi-Disciplinary clinic that offers something really unique. Instead of bouncing around from one appointment to the next, let alone trying to keep them all straight, we bring all of those specialists to you in one afternoon. You get your appointments out of the way, and your care plan is set up by your nurse navigator. Then you can begin treatment.
      If you are diagnosed with a type of cancer the nurse navigator isn't familiar with, we have a case worker who helps connect you to anything you need.
      On staff, we offer a dietician with specific expertise in oncology who can answer all types of questions and help with any nutritional problems.
      Once you are no longer in active treatment (yay!), you graduate to our Well Beyond program, where a nurse practitioner assists with the transition back to everyday life. She monitors distress, sets you up with a survivorship care plan and really helps with guidance and support.
      We also offer 24-hour chaplains and clergy from various faith backgrounds to help with any spiritual care that might be needed.
      Sorry about that being long winded. It's important to look for a cancer center that not only treats your cancer, but has enough programs that can help with all of your other needs as well.

      over 7 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      @[email redacted] - so happy to hear about your program and its holisitic approach! I have an affinity for all places Franciscan. :)

      over 7 years ago

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