Having support can reduce stress for the patient and their loved ones through all phases of treatment and recovery.
Our experienced social workers provide counseling and connect patients and their loved ones to community resources. Social workers can help you better understand your diagnosis and treatment, cope more effectively with a diagnosis of cancer and the emotions, find balance regarding treatment decisions in light of your work, family, and other areas of your life. We serve to guide and empower you in accessing affordable medical care and prescription drug coverage, finding transportation to and from medical care, and work to obtain temporary lodging during your treatment. Having this support can reduce stress for the patient and their loved ones through all phases of treatment and recovery.
Distress is defined as an unpleasant experience of a physical, social, mental, or spiritual nature. Distress can affect the way we feel, think, or act. Anyone with a diagnosis of cancer may experience distress at some point in their life and it is normal to feel sad, fearful, and helpless. Distress, however can make it hard to cope with cancer, its symptoms, or its treatment.
Distress symptoms may include any of the following:
- Feeling out of control
- Questioning faith purpose, or meaning of life
- Pulling away from people
- Concerns about illness
- Concerns about your role
- Poor sleep, appetite, or concentration
- Depression, anxiety, or pain
- Frequent thoughts of illness or death
The Saint John’s Cancer Institute acknowledges that distress is often experienced by cancer patients and their loved ones. Helping you to identify and manage distress is our goal. This is why we will perform a well-being check periodically throughout your cancer journey and provide you with the resources, support, and guidance you need.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) uses problem-focused cognitive and behavioral strategies where therapists and clients work together to identify problems, set goals, develop intervention strategies, and evaluate the effectiveness of those strategies.
Fighting cancer can be expensive and the process overwhelming. Our team can help walk you through any financial considerations and challenges.
Advanced Care Planning
Advance Care Planning is the ability to make decisions about the type of care you want, if you were unable to speak for yourself. These types of decisions are best done in advance, prior to a crisis. These decisions are personal ones that are based on your goals, values, and preferences. Advance Care Planning is not a document about finances or belongings, but about how you wish to be treated in the event you become incapable to make decisions. Starting at the age of 18 you can complete your Advance Directives.
Our team can help you manage how to handle work, school, responsibilities, caretaking, parenting, etc… during and after your cancer treatment. We also make referrals for fertility, sexual health, psychiatry, and holistic therapy.