The comprehensive cancer services team at the Delbert Day Cancer Institute provides additional support services that work in tandem with the world-class oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, physicians and pathologists. A cancer diagnosis is life-changing, and the cancer services team at PCRMC is here to provide the much needed support and resources during the patient's journey - from screening, to diagnosis, to treatment and into survivorship. The Delbert Day Cancer Institute building will be centrally located on the main PCRMC campus and will provide a seamless transition between cancer services.
The Delbert Day Cancer Institute offers the following cancer support services:
Registered Dietitian - The registered dietitian meets with patients to help with treatment-related nutrition issues. Common issues the dietitian helps with are coping with weight loss, addressing poor appetite and taste changes, dealing with side effects of treatment, and providing education and support for patients with feeding tubes.
Clinical Trials - Clinical trials are voluntary research programs that involve cancer patients. The trials are carefully regulated, and PCRMC is now able to offer the same advanced treatments previously only available in bigger city hospitals. The research oncology nurse screens and enrolls patients in clinical trials and serves as the primary contact for patients during the process.
Support Groups - Cancer poses many challenges for patients and their families. The Delbert Day Cancer Institute offers support groups that provide a safe and affirming environment and offer a place for people to share common concerns. Support groups are a tool to present information, provide comfort, teach coping skills and help reduce anxiety.
The Nurse Navigator offers a patient and their family a single point person to contact throughout the entire cancer patient journey and helps patients understand and navigate their diagnosis and treatment. The Nurse Navigator is one of the first contacts when patients find out they have been diagnosed with cancer and continues to offer support throughout the journey to help alleviate anxiety and improve the patient's sense of wellbeing.
Palliative Care - The aim of palliative care is to provide comfort, relieve suffering and improve quality of life for a patient facing a serious or life-threatening illness such as cancer. Palliative care provides physical, psychosocial and spiritual support for patients regardless of the stage of the disease.
Oncology Support - The oncology social worker provides counseling to help reduce stress for cancer patients and their families. The oncology social worker helps the patient access diagnosis and treatment information, cope with the cancer diagnosis, consider decisions about treatment options, understand insurance options and apply for financial assistance programs if needed.
For More Information
To learn more about cancer support services at the Delbert Day Cancer Institute at PCRMC, please call 573-364-9000.