Integrative Support Services
Patients who come to the Vernon Cancer Center have access to the medical services provided by a full-service hospital such as Radiology and Laboratory Services, Rehabilitation Services and Physical Therapy, in addition to a comprehensive array of integrative support services listed below. These experts are dedicated to providing care for cancer patients and helping them to live life as normally as possible within their cancer diagnosis.
Oncology Nurse Navigator
To ensure coordinated delivery of patient care, the Center offers patients access to oncology nurse navigators. The navigators provide support from the point of diagnosis through the entire continuum of care and works in conjunction with the physician to review, educate, implement and evaluate services that will complement the patient’s care plan. The oncology nurse navigator creates awareness for patients and their families about community resources and educational programs.
Genetics programs including Newton-Wellesley’s High Risk Assessment Program, genetic counselor, outreach and education.
Mind, body and relaxation services such as Reiki, massage and yoga.
Nutrition services to help patients get adequate nutrition and meet their dietary needs before, during and after their treatment.
PACT (Parenting At a Challenging Time), a service of Massachusetts General Hospital, to help parents who are undergoing cancer treatment address the concerns of their children.
Psychological and oncology social work services to help patients and their families manage the psychosocial impact of an oncology diagnosis through all phases of the cancer experience.
Special Programs including exercise programs and art therapy.
Support Groups for cancer patients and survivors and their families.
While these services are not located within the Vernon Cancer Center itself, our clinical staff collaborate directly with these services to ensure continuity of care:
- Pain management services tailored to deal with each patient’s unique diagnosis providing a better quality of life.
- Palliative care services that focus on the pain, symptoms and stress of a cancer diagnosis.
Patients and their families have access to the Cancer Center Resource Center with computer access to the American Cancer Society and other related websites. Books, DVDs and video games are available in the Resource Center.
Wireless Internet Access
Patients have access to wireless Internet service during treatment.
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