Cancer Support Services
The team at Lawrence General knows a cancer survivor's recovery is made a little bit easier when a patient has support pillars in place. Our comprehensive suite of support services includes Nutrition, Social Services, a Pharmacy team, and Spiritual Services.
Food and Nutrition Services are provided to all Lawrence General Hospital cancer patients. A registered nurse and dietician work with patients to create a personalized plan when it comes to healthy eating. This comprehensive approach helps ensure a patient's dietary preferences and nutritional needs are met at all stages of treatment and recovery.
The integrated care department at Lawrence General provides counseling and support for patients and families. This includes information and referrals to community support groups, resources for supportive services such as financial and transportation assistance and even crisis intervention. Our team also helps by coordinating discharge planning, including long-term care placement; hospice and home care services including Visiting Nurse Association, home infusion, and durable medical equipment.
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. 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. Our team of chaplains include an Interfaith, Catholic, Protestant and Latino chaplain. A Rabbi is available when needed. Catholic priests are available daily to provide sacramental services. Eucharistic Ministers volunteer to bring communion to patients daily 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