Discovering that you or a loved one has cancer can be overwhelming. Not only is there emotional and physical stress, there are appointments, treatments, and paperwork to juggle. Managing life with cancer can be very complicated and can leave you feeling lost and unsure. Our Patient Advocate is here to support our cancer patients and their families and to assist in coordinating cancer care and support resources. This service is available at no cost to our cancer patients.
The Patient Advocate service:
For cancer patients, optimal nutrition plays an important role in quality of life. Cancer can deplete your body’s nutrients, cause weight loss and can also have a negative effect on appetite and your body’s ability to digest foods.
Seeing a nutrition specialist can be very helpful. Our Registered Dietitian and Herbalist, Cindy Gates RD, LD, has years of specialized training and experience in helping cancer patients support their immune system and counteract the effects of their illness.
Seeing our dietitian can help you have fewer nutrition-related symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and lack of appetite.
She can also help you develop a nutritional supplement program that helps boost your body’s ability to cope with illness.
Most important – getting assistance from our dietitian can help patients feel better, tolerate their treatments better, and have a better quality of life!
The cancer center offers various supportive therapies that a patient may choose to use in addition to their medical treatment. These therapies are often referred to as complementary therapies.
At the cancer center a licensed massage therapist and a licensed acupuncture provider are available to help patients reduce their stress as well as better manage the side effects from cancer treatment.
A clinical herbalist is ready to answer questions regarding any vitamins or herbs. Some herbs and vitamins have been shown to help with side effects while others have been shown to interfere with cancer treatment. It is very important to let your physician know if you are participating in any complementary therapy.
Patients may request any of these services during their appointment with their physician or by asking for assistance from the receptionist.
Care Kits with aromatherapy and other items are available by visiting with our Spiritual Coordinator.
The Cancer Center provides for more than just the medical needs of its patients. We strive to help our patients feel good about themselves during their cancer experience. The Ruth Ellsberg Wig Boutique, located next to Patient Advocate office of the Cancer Center, provides a wide variety of free wigs and hats to patients. The Wig Boutique is open for your convenience, weekdays from 8am to 4:30pm. You are welcome to bring a family member or friend and try on wigs, to find the one perfect for you. We also have a large selection of stylish hats, turbans, scarves and bandana’s as well as soft knit winter hats. Information and tips on wearing a wig and caring for a wig is available in the wig boutique.
Information and resources are also available in the Wig Boutique area. These resources are free through our check-out library of pamphlets, books, tapes and videos. We maintain expanded information sections on Breast, Colon, Prostate, Lung, Leukemia, Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma cancers. You’ll find information on all types of cancers, treatments, coping, community resources, support care, counseling and a variety of other topics. Resources focusing on children and cancer (either as a patient or coping with a loved one who has cancer) are also available. For more information contact Barb Flynn, Marketing Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-9388.