Being diagnosed with cancer and going through treatment can be a difficult time in anyone's life. The good news is that patients don't have to struggle in silence
Support for Cancer Patients from Inspira Health
We are proud to offer our patients services including social work, support groups, supportive counseling and survivorship care.
Social Work Services
Inspira Cancer Services’ oncology social workers are experienced in assisting people who are going through cancer treatment. They provide patients with access to resources, counseling, education and more.
Our social workers can help patients:
- Access information to help you understand your diagnosis and treatments
- Cope with your cancer diagnosis and the many emotions you may be experiencing
- Consider decisions about treatment options as you think about your work, family and other things in your life
- Understand social security benefits, disability benefits and insurance coverage
- Apply for programs that offer financial assistance
Resources may be available for:
- Affordable medical care and prescription drug coverage
- Transportation to and from medical care
- Temporary housing during your treatment
- Home health care and hospice care
- Items such as a cane or walker
- Referrals for help at home
At Inspira, we provide all of our patients with access to specially trained counselors at no cost to the patient. Our goal is to help patients manage any issues that may be preventing them from fully recovering from their cancer treatment therapy or that may prevent them from finishing their treatment.
If you answer YES to any of the questions below, you may benefit from supportive counseling:
- Are you having difficulty coping with your recent diagnosis?
- Do you find it difficult to get motivated or get out of bed?
- Do you have less energy?
- Are you irritable and/or easily frustrated?
- Do you feel like you are a burden to your family or friends?
- Have you had to stop working or doing the things that you enjoyed?
- Are you having financial difficulties?
- Do you feel like no one understands you?
- Does your world feel like it has been tipped upside down?
- Are you having problems sleeping?
Having cancer is a stressful experience. Support groups help many people cope with the emotional aspects of cancer by providing a safe place to share their feelings and challenges. They also allow people to learn from others facing similar situations. Studies have shown that support groups help people with cancer feel less anxious and more hopeful.
Inspira Health's ongoing support is provided in partnership with Gilda's Club, a national organization that empowers cancer patients and survivors along with their families. Before attending your first support group, a Gilda's Club representative will talk with you about what to expect and share more about available resources.
At every meeting, a social worker from Gilda's club leads an open discussion and answers questions including those related to the stress and side effects of treatment.
Our survivorship program helps patients find their “new normal” after treatment by providing support and education about the importance of follow-up care. Inspira provides patients with an individualized summary of the care they received, as well as a comprehensive follow-up plan. The program is coordinated by a survivorship nurse who serves as a point of contact for patients after their active treatment ends.