Support Services for Cancer Patients
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 the quality of care.
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.