For many patients, a cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event that can trigger a variety of emotions including shock, fear, depression, anxiety and anger.
The NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center Psychosocial Support Program addresses the psychological and social challenges of a cancer diagnosis. Staffed by oncology social workers, the program is committed to treating you as a whole person. We recognize that managing emotional and practical needs is a vital part of coping with illness and maintaining your quality of life.
We invite patients with cancer and their family members to consider utilizing the program’s services at any time during the cancer treatment process. Team members collaborate with your physicians and nurses to provide the best continuity of care available.
Our services include:
- An assessment to determine what types of support you and your family may need
- Supportive contacts during treatment as needed or requested
- In-house support, relaxation and informational groups
- Referrals to psychotherapy in the community
- Referrals to other community resources (home care, support groups, transportation)
- Availability to provide additional support during a crisis
- Assistance with financial matters, insurance and related concerns
- Assistance with advanced care planning, including Power of Attorney for Health Care
Our aim is to provide you and your family members with a supportive atmosphere where you can express your concerns, hopes and fears. We strive to facilitate your coping process by offering you personalized and compassionate support that responds to your unique needs and strengths.