The Greenebaum Cancer Center has a staff of specially trained social workers and psychologists who understand the special needs of cancer patients and their families. Cancer patients frequently need help dealing with the emotional aspects of their illness, and our psychosocial staff can help them cope with the stress caused by illness and the effects of treatment. Our social workers also help patients make plans when it is time to leave the hospital.
In addition to social workers, thoracic oncology patients receive support from other patients. When appropriate, we may put newly diagnosed patients in contact with other patients who have gone through a similar experience (i.e., a similar type of cancer and treatment). This support system is invaluable for newly diagnosed patients, because they can learn from others who have been there before.
If a newly diagnosed patient and a follow-up patient are in our office on the same day, we may bring them together to talk about disease and treatment issues. These former patients are often the best support for newly diagnosed patients and their families.
We also work closely with the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, only a block away from the Greenebaum Cancer Center. The Hope Lodge offers free lodging to patients (and their families) who are receiving treatment at the Medical Center. The Lodge is also a place where patients form strong support networks with one another.
For more information on our support services, contact Seantrese Wimbuish, R.N., at 410-328-6882.