New patients waiting for their first appointment with an oncologist may require advocacy, education, and community referrals. Social workers at the cancer centres are available to help patients deal with anxiety about their disease or make referrals to the many community support services available for symptom management.
Patient Navigation Assistance
Throughout your treatment journey, we can provide assistance and information for social or psychological needs, financial concerns, health system concerns, family issues, and coping issues. We also provide information to help you prepare for your first appointment and make it as informative as possible.
Assessment and Consultation
Your first meeting at the cancer centre will be with the doctors and nurses to discuss the best way to treat your cancer. We will work with you and your family to look into your concerns and needs. We can help you develop a plan for living with your treatment by identifying:
- Your personal coping abilities
- Your physical needs during treatment
- Family support
- Spiritual support for you and your family
- Community resources to provide emotional support during your treatment
- Community services that you may need in the future
- Agencies that provide financial advice and assistance
We are available to provide you with a range of support, from an orientation to the services at the cancer centre to in-depth counseling to deal with cancer and its treatment.
Counseling may help you deal with relationship problems caused or accelerated by the diagnosis of cancer. You may find it helpful to discuss lifestyle adjustments in areas such as sexuality. As a family, you may find it helpful to talk about your fears, the denial you may feel and how you will cope.
Palliative Care Counseling and Referral
We offer support, assistance and guidance to patients and their families when life is ending and referral to local palliative programs.
Family members experience grief in many different ways. We offer reassurance and comfort to grieving families and friends as they experience grief prior to and following a loved one's passing.