Providing a Life Line: Cancer Patient Services and Support Programs

This year alone there will be an estimated 1,688,780 newly diagnosed cancer cases.

Each of these new cases is a person with a life that will be totally changed with this diagnosis.

This is where cancer patient services come in with hopes of making this hard time a little more bearable for your employees and their loved ones.

Keep reading to learn more about these services and how they change lives:

Why Cancer Patient Services Are Important

The fight against cancer can be draining physically, emotionally, and financially. Cancer patient services aim to help lessen the impact of this burden.

The benefit of these services allows your employees to connect with others that can help them through the cancer journey. Services spanning from simple support to logistical things like rides to and from doctors appointments can be life-changing.

Types of Services Available

Support Groups

Support groups come in many different shapes and sizes to meet the needs and comfort levels of anyone who may need them. Of course, there are traditional face-to-face support groups available. However, there also plenty of phone and internet-based support groups for those who may not feel comfortable with in-person interactions.

Being a part of a support group for cancer patients can help to ease the feelings of anxiety, stress, and confusion that can come with a diagnosis like this.

Another benefit to support groups is the proven higher levels of compliance and tolerance of treatments among those who are active within a group.

As a whole, being surrounded by people who are going through the same or similar circumstances can help to enhance quality of life and the ability to fight the disease.

Lodging Programs

Oftentimes cancer patients have to travel away from their homes to receive the best care possible.

The added financial and emotional toll that this travel can put on patients and their families is heavy.

Through programs like the Hope Lodge, patients, and their caregivers are given free places to stay while they seek out treatment away from home.

Transportation Programs

From the beginning of their cancer journey, patients will need rides to and from doctor’s appointments and treatment sessions.

In cases when family and friends aren’t always available and a patient cannot drive themselves, getting to these appointments can be difficult.

Luckily, programs like Road To Recovery help by providing rides to those who need them.

Health Navigators

A health navigator is a unique part of a cancer patients journey.

The role of a health navigator is to help guide a patient through their healthcare and connect them with providers and services that they may need.

A health navigator can also help you to better understand your diagnosis and treatment options.

Find the Help You Need

If one of your employees has been diagnosed with cancer, know that there are plenty of resources out there for them. You can contact us to learn more about the specifics of these resources.

It also may be worth getting a second opinion, as cancer misdiagnosis is more common that one may think.

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