Patient & Family Support
Support & Survivorship
Our patient’s fight against cancer is our fight against cancer. We know that treating cancer isn’t only about curing a disease—it’s about restoring a person. Cancer patients and families need help to heal all parts of their lives and the SIH Cancer Institute offers many opportunities you may want to take advantage of.
Spiritual care professionals from all backgrounds are available to talk with patients and their families about faith, ethics and advance directives.
Cancer Support Groups
Cancer Patient Navigators
What is a patient navigator?
Being diagnosed with cancer can be very scary. A cancer patient navigator is there to meet patients at the beginning of their journey to provide support and guidance.
A patient navigator is available to help cancer patients to:
- Find and apply for financial sources to help pay for health care
- Keep track of paperwork and appointments when it all becomes too much
- Ease anxiety and fear
- Connect with support systems and services
- Arrive on time and be prepared for appointments
- Serve as a spokesperson between the patient and medical providers
- Understand medical language
Palliative care is a medical specialty that focuses on the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people with serious illness. The ultimate goal of palliative care is to reduce suffering, preserve dignity and improve quality of life for patients and their families. Unlike hospice, you can also receive palliative care at the same time as curative treatments.