Cancer Patient Support Program
Recognizing the unique need for a patient and family support program, the Comprehensive Cancer Center provides different programs to enhance the quality of life for patients and family members while they navigate the complexities of cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.
Five staff members and more than 30 volunteers provide comfort, support and hope to cancer patients and family members. In fact, the National Cancer Policy Board cites these programs as a best practices model for Comprehensive Cancer Centers.
Learn more about our programs:
Cancer Patient Support Program (CPSP)
This program is staffed by our team members and volunteers. We help patients navigate the Cancer Center, provide counseling in the hospital and in the outpatient clinic, and manage educational programs and support meetings. A Resource Center is also available for patients and family members, and volunteers offer appearance consultations and help with hospitality rooms. Learn more about the Cancer Patient Support Program (CPSP).
Psychosocial Oncology Program (POP)
This program provides counseling for patients and family members. A trained psychologist usually conducts therapy sessions, where patients discuss the anxiety around cancer treatment. Learn more about the psychosocial oncology program.
The Psychosocial Oncology and Cancer Patient
Support Programs provide individual counseling in inpatient and outpatient
settings. Licensed professionals are
available to discuss ways of coping with diagnosis, treatment, and
survivorship. Outpatient appointments
are scheduled at the patient's convenience, and in conjunction with medical
appointments when possible. Please call
(336) 716-7980 to set up an appointment.
CPSP Welcome Hour
CPSP Welcome Hour is held every Wednesday from 12-1:00pm in the Comprehensive
Cancer Center Hospitality Room on the 3d floor.
This time offers patients and caregivers a chance to learn about
services the CPSP offers, speak with a member of the CPSP staff about their
experience, and to connect with others who are undergoing treatment at the
medical center. Refreshments and snacks
will be provided during this time.
Coffee & Conversation for Caregivers
Join us every Thursday from 1:30-3:00pm in the
6th floor Family Serenity Room in the Comprehensive Cancer
Center. This time provides caregivers an
opportunity to connect with others who are caring for a loved one with
cancer. Caregivers can share their
stories and provide support to one another, as well as gain skills, tools, and
knowledge that may help you to take better care of yourself during this difficult time.
Refreshments and snacks will be provided, as well as a weekly drawing
for a $25 gas card.
This meeting is the first Wednesday of every
month from 1:00-2:00pm at the 3rd floor Hospitality Room. The
diagnosis and treatment of cancer can be a shock to patients and caregivers. This class is
designed to provide information to help patients navigate through this complex
medical system, manage health information, and communicate effectively with
staff. All patients and caregivers will
be provided a Free Lunch, as well as a Free Livestrong Guidebook designed to
help patients throughout all stages of survivorship. The information provided
will help patients and caregivers be active participants in their treatment
planning. Call Aimee Tolbert at (336)
716-1693 for questions/register. [email protected]
Survival – Moving Beyond Treatment
This is scheduled quarterly. A
four-week workshop that helps cancer survivors & family understand and
navigate both active treatment and post-treatment life where a “new normal” is
often established. Free Lunch and planning
materials provided. Call Aimee Tolbert
at -1693 for questions/register. [email protected]
These areas, staffed by dedicated volunteers,
offer a relaxed setting with snacks and drinks for patients and families
awaiting treatments. We have two
Hospitality Rooms – one on the 1st floor in the Radiation Oncology
department and another one on the 3rd floor in the Hematology and
Oncology clinic. Open weekdays from
8:30am – 4:30pm.
Located on the 2nd floor of the
Outpatient Cancer Center, the Resource Center is full of information and items
for patients and their families.
Brochures, books and pamphlets that cover a variety of health and cancer
related topics are available. Computers,
that have cancer-related websites booked marked, are also available for
internet browsing. Please see the
volunteer on duty or call the CPSP administrative secretary at (336) 716-7980
Ruth Moskop PhD, a Certified Clinical
Musician, and other harpists play in the outpatient
clinic on various days of the week. This service is offered to help
patients and family members waiting for appointments. Therapeutic harp
music is also available for individual patients in the hospital oncology
units. Please call (336) 716-7980 to request therapeutic music in a
patient’s room. Please check our monthly calendar for special music and
for information about our Healing Drum Circle where folks come in with a frown
and go out with a smile.
There are CPSP volunteers in the 1st
and 3rd floor Hospitality Rooms and in the Resource
Center on the 2nd floor. Many
of them are veteran cancer patients, and they specialize in listening carefully
and responding thoughtfully. Our
volunteers are here to support you!