Patient and Family Support

When you are going through cancer treatment, it can be overwhelming. We offer many services to support you and your family throughout your treatment. Our services are available after your treatment as well.

Supportive and complementary care

Complementary Care Program

Our Complementary Care Program offers many services, including:

  • Acupressure
  • Chair massage
  • Classes
  • Creative arts including creative writing and visual arts
  • Gentle chair yoga
  • Healthy cooking demonstrations
  • Meditation
  • Qigong
  • Therapeutic harp
  • Workshops

All offerings are free for you (a person undergoing cancer treatment) or your care partners.

Oncology chaplain

Our oncology chaplain works with patients and families from many different faiths and spiritualities.

Oncology dietitian

Our oncology dietitian is available for personal nutrition consultations to help you:

  • Cope with dietary changes
  • Create a nutrition plan
  • Evaluate herbal and vitamin therapies, if desired
  • Find ways to improve your appetite

Oncology social work

Our oncology-specialized social workers - in the Office of Care Management - can:

  • Meet with you to identify any potential barriers or concerns you may have during treatment
  • Provide emotional support and counseling during treatment
  • Support you and your family

Palliative Care Program

Our Palliative Care Program addresses you as a whole person, including your physical comfort, emotional wellbeing, and spirituality. Since no two people are alike, our care team works closely with you, your loved ones, and your clinicians to provide support tailored to your needs. We help you approach your diagnosis and treatment with confidence and dignity.

Support groups

Ongoing support group meetings and classes take place in many of our locations. Some of these support groups offer a toll-free number that you can call to participate in the meeting if you are unable to attend in person. Contact the location where you receive your care to find out what offerings are available near you, and also see our support group listings for additional information.

Tobacco Treatment Program

Our Tobacco Treatment Program can help you, your family members, or friends quit tobacco (including vapes). Quitting tobacco has many benefits for people with cancer. Continued tobacco use can worsen side effects from cancer treatment.

Online resources

Connect-Share-Care: We understand how it feels to be alone and overwhelmed when you are a relative, partner, friend, or neighbor caring for a person with serious illness. For online peer support for care partners of those with serious illness visit the Connect-Share-Care website

National Cancer Institute (NCI) provides good sources of information about radiation oncology: