St. Francis Cancer Center | St. Francis Cancer Center | Psychosocial
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Psychosocial

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Psychosocial

When you’re a patient at the St. Francis Cancer Center, you are not identified as an illness or disease. You are a human being, with many different aspects beyond the physical. As part of our holistic approach, we offer psychosocial support to our patients in several ways, including one-on-one counseling sessions and support groups.

Upon diagnosis, each patient takes part in a written psychosocial screening that helps identify the severity of stress levels. This screening can identify potential issues early, so that they can be dealt with as soon as possible.

Individual Psychotherapy

One option is individual sessions with a clinical psychologist who specializes in health psychology. These therapy sessions are solution-focused, using Cognitive-Behavioral treatments that are empirically supported and validated. Sessions can be related to helping patients cope with their diagnosis, or assistance in dealing with depression or anxiety. In some cases, appropriate medications may be prescribed. To schedule an appointment, talk with your nurse navigator or physician.

Support Groups

Support groups are another great way of coping with a cancer diagnosis. They are useful in sharing common feelings about cancer, as well as sharing information about community resources and experiences. Support groups will be led by our clinical psychologist, with groups including those living with cancer, and family members of those with cancer.

 

LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
4th Monday each month (except July & August)
5-6 pm | Community Room (child care available)

YOUNG SURVIVORS COALITION
Face-2-Face: Networking for Women
Affected by Breast Cancer
1st Thursday each month
6 pm | Community Room (child care available)

LUNG CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
3rd Tuesday each month
6 pm | Education Classroom

PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP
1st Thursday each month
2-3 pm | Education Classroom

ORAL, HEAD & NECK CANCERS SUPPORT GROUP
3rd Thursday each month
6:30 pm | Education Classroom

LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER
Quarterly | Community Room
Requires registration with American Cancer Society
Call 1-800-227-2345 for schedule