Like many things during this pandemic, our approach to support services for cancer patients is changing. We understand these services are even more valuable during this uncertain time, so many have moved online.
“It is important that our patients still receive the integrative oncology experience, even while at home,” says Dwinelva Zackery, Director of Integrative Oncology at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “We have worked with our support partners to make sure that all the services our patients want and need are still available — in another form. Even now, we are making sure no one faces cancer alone.”
At St. Elizabeth, we realize the importance of taking care of the whole person, not just their tumor or cancer. When a person is diagnosed with cancer, the St. Elizabeth Cancer Care team works closely with them to determine the best way to provide support through their diagnosis and treatment.
Virtual Support Throughout Your Cancer Journey During COVID-19
All across the world, people are now gathering in online chat rooms for support and friendship. These virtual platforms are also being used for support groups to gather and counseling to take place.
Cancer Support Community is using online platforms to host support groups while still providing a safe way to gather online and protect patient privacy. Programs include bingo, yoga, Pilates and relaxation, drawing classes, virtual coffee chats, meditation, and art discussion groups. To join the online programs or learn more, visit mycancersupportcommunity.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (513) 791-4060.
Counseling is another support avenue that can help you and your family with your diagnosis, coping and the unique challenge of dealing with cancer treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cancer Family Care is offering counseling by phone during the stay-at-home order. Please contact (513) 731-3346 if you are interested in talking with one of the Cancer Family Care therapists.
Financial counselors with St. Elizabeth Cancer Care are still available and can be reached at (859) 301-4000 to address questions or concerns regarding financial burdens during treatment.
Look and Feel Your Best During Your Cancer Journey
St. Elizabeth partners with the American Cancer Society to offer programs that help you look and feel your best during cancer treatment. Just because you aren’t leaving your house very often, doesn’t mean you don’t want to look your best for video chats with family and friends.
Although in-person wig-fittings aren’t available at this time, anyone who needs a wig can receive a catalog and coupon to purchase online through the American Cancer Society. Call (859) 301-5476 and leave a message — we will return the call.
Your Diet is Even More Important through the Stress of a Pandemic
Nutrition also plays a key role in cancer treatment by keeping you strong and helping you to feel better. Endless hours at home pacing to and from the refrigerator can make it even harder to have a proper diet.
Eating well before, during
after treatment can help you build strength, store energy and fight infection. Our
dietitians are still available for support and nutrition needs over the phone. For
more information, please call (859) 301-2237.
Connection and Socialization while at Home
You have to be creative to find ways to make connections and keep busy during social distancing. Make sure to find a balance that works for you. St. Elizabeth and our partners are proud to offer online programs to keep your mind and your body busy.
Remember, you don’t need to face cancer alone. St. Elizabeth is right here for you.