Cancer Support Services

A cancer diagnosis can be difficult, but with SSM Health you’re not alone. The difficulty doesn’t end at the diagnosis though. Our SSM Health Dean Medical Group physicians work with patients and their family members to help them develop a personalized support care plan from diagnosis, treatment and through recovery.

Our oncology support services focus on helping individuals and families cope with the many pieces of the cancer journey, including:

  • Social factors
  • Psychological factors
  • Emotional factors
  • Spiritual factors
  • Quality-of-life factors
  • Functional considerations from prevention to bereavement

Cancer: Diagnosis & Beyond

There’s a lot to think about after receiving a cancer diagnosis. Initial medical tests, cost, treatment options and the side effects of those treatments are just a few of the things that may first run through your mind.

For others, even moving forward after treatment can be difficult. The fear of recurrence and returning to life as it was can feel overwhelming at first.

We find that many patients and their families are able to achieve some relief when they seek out the help of professionals. We’ll work with you to develop strategies to improve your ability to cope and begin your new life path.

Individual & Family Therapy

Our therapists are here to help with many issues related to cancer, including:

  • Relaxation strategies
  • Coping with fear and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Pain management
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Body image issues
  • Talking to family and children about your cancer diagnosis
  • Managing anger regarding cancer
  • Fear of recurrence
  • End of life issues
  • Stress management
  • Transitioning out of cancer treatment (recovery/survivorship)
  • Smoking cessation

We’re here to help every step of the way through a cancer diagnosis. If you’re newly diagnosed or if you’ve been treating it for years, we can provide you the comfort you need. Make an appointment today with one of our oncology support services physicians.

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