Psychosocial and Behavioral Support Services

Social workers can help you cope with cancer and support you as you deal with the psychological or social concerns you face through diagnosis, treatment, and remission. You and your family may react to a cancer diagnosis in a variety of ways—it is normal to feel worried, sad, angry, isolated, anxious, or even to feel a loss of control over your health and your life. A cancer diagnosis can mean increased distress and concern.

When distress becomes extreme, it can impact your health, relationships, and emotional well-being as well as your daily activities. Early identification of emotional distress, and appropriate referrals and support to address concerns can help improve your ability to cope, your cognitive and emotional health, and your overall quality of life.

Oncology social workers provide support, resources, and community referrals to deal with practical concerns such as work arrangements, financial or insurance issues, transportation, communication with family, advanced directives and end-of-life planning, and bereavement. They are also trained to provide short-term counseling to help individuals and families ease distress, and to help manage emotional issues that may arise during cancer treatment.

Counseling Services May Include:

Adjustment to diagnosis and treatment

Advanced care planning

Coping with life changes and challenges

Couples and family counseling

Crisis intervention

Grief, loss, and bereavement

Relaxation and mindfulness

Sexuality and intimacy

Support groups

Talking with children and teens of individuals with cancer

Physical Support Services

Managing cancer, as with any life-threatening disease, can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually challenging for you and your loved ones. Intermountain Cancer Center locations offer many supportive therapies and services to provide comfort and care from the moment your cancer is diagnosed throughout treatment and survivorship.

Lymphedema Treatment

The body’s lymphatic system mobilizes disease-fighting cells to fight infection. When it is damaged or blocked from cancer or cancer treatment, buildup of lymph fluid can cause swelling in the arms or legs, causing pain and other symptoms. Lymphedema treatments performed by Intermountain plastic surgeons, occupational therapists, and physical therapists can alleviate symptoms and enhance quality of life.

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Nutrition Counseling

Cancer treatment can greatly affect your diet, and our nutritional counselors can provide recommendations to help meet your needs and alleviate or address any treatment side effects.

Palliative Care

Supportive treatments to manage the symptoms, pain, and/or stress that accompany the diagnosis or treatment of cancer are defined as palliative care. These can include medicines and Rehabilitation Services (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy).

Reconstructive Surgery

Surgically removing tumors and any surrounding healthy tissue can change a person’s physical appearance. This is especially common with lumpectomy or mastectomy for breast cancer. In these instances, reconstructive surgery by an Intermountain plastic surgeon during or after the treatment surgery, as appropriate, can restore the natural look of a patient’s anatomy.

Emotional and Spiritual Support Services

Dealing with cancer, as with any life-threatening disease, is physically and emotional trying for patients and their loved ones. Our hospitals work with local religious leaders, genetic counselors, and supportive care clinics to help meet you spiritual and emotional needs.

Genetic Counseling

If cancer seems to run in your family, you may have an increased risk of cancer. Genetic counselors can help to determine if there is a genetic reason for occurrences of cancer in a family and can discuss the benefits and limitations of seeking genetic testing.

Spiritual Support

Our hospitals work with local religious leaders to help meet your spiritual needs. We also can help contact clergy of any faith.

Supportive Care Clinics

Intermountain Cancer Center locations have Supportive Care Clinics throughout our service areas. We provide same day visits for new problems as well as ongoing symptom management to help you live the healthiest life possible.