Cancer Care Support Services
Lawrence General offers numerous support services for patients undergoing cancer treatments.
Food and Nutrition Services are provided to all Lawrence General Hospital cancer patients. They are screened for nutritional risk on admission by a registered nurse and are further evaluated by a registered dietitian. Clinical dietitians offer practical tips for eating healthy during treatment and explore symptom management strategies with patients and their families. For patients in good nutritional status, the dietitian will review the importance of maintaining a balanced diet, which may include protein, whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, and essential fatty acids. If a patient has lost weight and is determined to be at nutritional risk, the dietitian will devise a plan to enhance the patient’s oral intake. The dietitian teaches patients how to increase the caloric and protein density of foods and recommends appropriate liquid supplements or multi¬vitamins as part of a comprehensive diet plan. Meals and between meal nourishment are provided based on each patient’s individual needs and preferences. When necessary, nutrition support is administered. Patients may also be referred for continuing nutrition therapy with the outpatient dietitian.
The integrated care department, which consists of Case Management and Social Service, provides counseling and support for patients and families. Crisis intervention is also provided as necessary. They provide information and referrals to community support groups, and resources for supportive services such as financial and transportation assistance. The department coordinates discharge planning, which includes long-term care placement; hospice and home care services including Visiting Nurse Association, home infusion, and durable medical equipment. Social Services also participate in employee support efforts and services.
The Pharmacy Department at Lawrence General Hospital is an integral part of the multidisciplinary team approach to planning, providing, and evaluating the care delivered to cancer patients. The Pharmacy Department provides up-to-date chemotherapy treatment modalities for inpatient and outpatient care. Patients are closely monitored from visit to visit to ensure accurate dosing of all agents prescribed. Any significant change in the patient’s weight would necessitate a change in their dose of chemotherapeutic agent. Patient leaflets are also provided containing the brand and generic names of the medications, uses, how to use medications, side effects and when to notify your doctor, precautions, and drug interactions.
The chaplains of Lawrence General Hospital provide spiritual, emotional and sacramental support to cancer patients and their families. The chaplains collaborate with the multidisciplinary team by attending multidisciplinary rounds to provide comprehensive Spiritual Care.
Lawrence General Hospital has a team of chaplains which include an Interfaith, Catholic, Protestant and Latino chaplain. A Rabbi is available when needed. Catholic priests are available on a daily basis to provide sacramental services. Eucharistic Ministers volunteer to bring communion to patients on a daily basis as well.
What you can expect from the Chaplains:
- Compassionate listening
- Regular visits
- Spiritual support for Individuals and Families
- Linking Individuals and Families with Staff
- Religious Services, Sacraments, Prayers
- Information and guidance regarding medical ethics questions, health care proxies, organ donation, end-of-life care decisions and questions concerning spiritual care
- Grief ministry in dealing with loss or death
- Prayer Shawl Ministry