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At City of Hope, we treat the whole patient, not just the illness, by attending to the emotional and spiritual effects of cancer. For any of us, maintaining spiritual and emotional strength makes a genuine difference in our ability to cope with disease.
Living with cancer might easily be the biggest challenge you’ve ever encountered. It’s normal to feel stress in that situation.
Stress is an everyday fact of life, but now you have the added challenge of dealing with your illness and your treatments.
Besides concerns about your health, you might also be worried about …
- Feeling alone
- Feelings of denial
- Feelings of anger or shame
- How you’ll talk to your family about your cancer
- How to cope with cancer as part of a couple
- How your children should talk to family or friends about cancer
- Proper parenting if you have a child with cancer
- Finding support from others with your specific cancer
- Dealing with your job, school or college, or other commitments
- The financial consequences
- How to prepare your home, family, friends and self for changes brought on by being a cancer patient
- How your illness may affect your appearance
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That’s a normal reaction for many cancer patients and their families and caregivers, but it’s important to draw on the experience of others who have taken this journey before you.
Talking to one of our Spiritual Care chaplains can help. They provide interfaith care and support that best serves your needs. They are even available for those who don’t identify with a particular religion or spiritual practice. How can they help?
How can they help?
- Offer spiritual compassion and empathy
- Listen to and address spiritual or religious concerns
- Aid in the provision of sacraments and religious materials
- Offer prayers and end-of-life support
Our Clinical Social Workers
- Supportive counseling and problem-solving to help patients and their families adjust to illness and provide coping skills
- Financial benefit guidance and assistance for state and social security disability, and paid family leave
- Assistance completing advance directives
- Arrange family meetings for patient, family and staff to discuss treatment choices
- Grief and bereavement counseling
A Patient Resources coordinator can help with transportation to appointments, finding financial support (including for rent and utilities), community health care referrals, childcare, legal concerns, medication assistance, housing for out-of-town patients, meal delivery for homebound patients, and connecting patients with the right support groups.
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