City of Hope is committed to providing the highest standard of care for the whole person, not just his or her disease. Through the
Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center
, we offer a wide array of support and educational services. Patients and their loved ones have access to a coordinated group of social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, patient navigators, pain management specialists and spiritual care providers.
The center also offers a variety of programs designed to better prepare patients and caregivers for treatment, including education classes, healing arts workshops, peer support groups and much more.
Additional resources for lung cancer patients include:
We understand that a lung cancer diagnosis is scary. Patients and their loved ones are concerned about their chances of survival and quality of life. These are our concerns, too. Our dedicated team of specialists will work to help you and your family confront both the immediate and long-term effects of the disease.
We recognize that these are personal issues that each patient views differently. Therefore, we respect our patients’ rights to be fully informed about their disease, treatment options and prognosis, so that they can participate fully in critical decisions related to their care.
Lung cancer survival is determined primarily by disease type, stage and treatment modality. Quality of life is an assessment of how a person’s well-being – emotional, social and physical – is impacted by the disease and the side effects resulting from treatment.
While our primary goal is to cure or control the disease, another top priority is relieving pain, suffering and discomfort for patients undergoing cancer treatments. This involves helping patients manage physical symptoms as well as addressing non-physical concerns like depression, anxiety, loss of appetite, nutrition, and establishing or maintaining healthy lifestyle habits.
City of Hope’s team of lung cancer physicians and behind-the-scenes experts is committed to delivering the most effective, individualized treatments based on each patient’s type and stage of disease – always taking into account how the treatments will impact quality of life. Our physicians, nurses and researchers work together to investigate ways to enhance long-term survival and quality of life for patients everywhere.