Support services

At Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, our commitment to excellence means providing the latest in cancer-fighting medical treatments and technologies, and offering support services that address the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of our patients.

Through a combination of traditional medical treatments and complementary therapies, such as one-on-one counseling, support groups, nutrition planning and massage therapy, patients often feel stronger, more resilient and determined to meet the challenges they face.

FREE support services offered to patients include:

Oncology support services – Our oncology social worker and oncology care manager provide one-on-one counseling to help patients cope with emotional, psychological and social challenges related to their diagnoses. They also connect patients with support groups, financial aid, transportation assistance and more.

Support groups – Patients gain insight, guidance and understanding from others who are living with a cancer diagnosis. Some groups also welcome family members and friends.

Nutrition counseling – Our registered dietitian develops individualized nutrition plans based on patients’ treatments and medical needs. Maintaining good nutrition can help patients tolerate treatment and stay strong.

Integrative care – Complementary therapies, such as acupuncture and meditation, can lessen the severity of side effects when combined with traditional medical treatment.

Patient navigators – Patients receive guidance from a patient navigator who helps them anticipate, address and overcome any challenges in the cancer treatment process and coordinates services to improve quality of care.

In collaboration with American Cancer Society

These programs are offered to any cancer survivor in the community.

Cancer Resource Center – The Cancer Resource Center, located at WVCI Country Club, provides patients and their caregivers information and support to ease their cancer journey. The center is staffed by American Cancer Society volunteers. No appointment is necessary.

Believe Boutique – In this comfortable space, within WVCI’s Country Club Road center, patients may choose a free wig, scarf or hat. Fittings are by appointment only and can be scheduled with a Cancer Resource Center volunteer by calling 541-431-9808 or emailing crcineugene@gmail.com.

Look Good, Feel Better – Sign up for a workshop taught by trained, volunteer cosmetologists who help women cope with cancer treatment side effects using skin care products and cosmetics. Classes are held once a month. Pre-registration is required.

Reach to Recovery – To receive peer support for breast cancer at any stage, from diagnosis to treatment to recovery, connect with a Reach to Recovery volunteer through the Cancer Resource Center.

In collaboration with Oregon Cancer Foundation

The Oregon Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization that empowers, strengthens and sustains those impacted by cancer in our community through education, support and financial assistance.

Survivorship series – This ten-week survivorship series provides the information and support patients need to manage the challenges that arise after cancer treatment, such as physical changes, exercise and nutrition, coping strategies, managing stress and changing relationships. Each session includes a presentation, followed by a facilitated group discussion led by a licensed social worker.

Our partnership with CaringBridge

A private social network for our patients – CaringBridge.org provides you a simple way to communicate with those who care about you. Share, fundraise and keep friends and family informed through this easy-to-use site.