Dealing with cancer, as with any life-threatening disease, is physically and emotional trying for patients and their loved ones.
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.
During a visit with a genetic counselor you will be asked several questions, including especially about your family history. He or she can discuss the benefits and limitations of seeking genetic testing, expectations for the future and whether you are at-risk of passing cancer to your children.
Contact a genetic counselor if you have any of the following:
- More than one family member with breast cancer
- Have any close family member with ovarian cancer, or if a male in your family has breast cancer
- Many family members with colon cancer
- Cancer that developed at a young age
- Combinations of different cancer types in the family
Social Support & Counseling
Social Work & Counseling
Medical social workers provide counseling, help loved ones understand your care needs, and help plan your return home from a hospital stay.
Cancer treatment can greatly affect your nutritional needs, and our nutritional counselors can provide recommendations to help meet your needs.
Our hospitals work with local religious leaders to help meet your spiritual needs. We also can help contact clergy of any faith.
Cancer Support Groups
Support groups can provide a safe place to share thoughts and feelings with others who are dealing with similar challenges. Many locally operated support groups focus on cancer in general, while others focus on specific cancers.