Our Cancer Program Supportive Services

In addition to clinical treatments and integrative services, White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care offers a variety of supportive services to our patients including:

Palliative Care

Pain Medicine and Palliative Care helps provide an integrated and holistic approach to wellness.

The approach addresses goals of care and anticipates symptoms and reactions so that the response to treatment is well managed for the best possible outcomes.

Members of the White Plains Hospital oncology team are experts in symptom management and helping to establish the best possible quality of life. Palliative care also focuses on planning which may include health care proxies and advanced directives. Patients and caregivers are provided with ongoing medical management and counseling, educational materials and other resources to optimize a sense of wellness and healing.

Social Work

Social work services are available to provide support to patients, families, and caregivers through their journey of treatment and care. The oncology social worker focuses on the psychological, social, and emotional issues that people face during and after cancer treatment.

Our social workers can also offer assistance with decision making, goals of care, advance directives, and communication needs. Counseling services are available to patients and family members to help alleviate anxiety and stress and to explore techniques that will lead to stronger and more effective coping. They can also provide other services, including education, referrals to outside resources, and support groups.

Genetic Counseling

Cancer genetics professionals are trained to assess a person’s risk for developing cancer, based on a person’s genetic makeup and family history. Following an in-person consultation, specific genetic tests may be ordered based on your personal and/or family history of cancer. Our genetic counselors tailor each consultation to fit your specific needs and provide valuable information on early detection and prevention.

Nutrition

Nutrition is an important part of the cancer experience. Our dedicated oncology nutritionists are available to address nutritional concerns. Workshops and educational in-services on relevant topics are ongoing throughout the year and open to the public.

Pastoral Care

Care of the spirit is an integral part of patient care at White Plains Hospital. The Department of Pastoral Care, comprised of professionally trained and Board Certified chaplains, is available to support patients and families encountering the challenges of illness, treatment options, or loss.

Worship Services of many religious traditions are offered periodically throughout the year. Roman Catholic Eucharistic Ministers bring Holy Communion to Catholic patients every day. Electric Sabbath Candles are available to Jewish patients on request. Your own religious leaders are always welcome to visit you in the Hospital, should you wish to contact them.

Speech Pathology

Our speech-language pathologist (SLP) provides cancer patients services including voice, speech, language, and cognitive-linguistic disorders in individuals with cancer diagnoses. Patients will be supported prior to, during and after their cancer care for any changes in speech-language or swallowing function.

Women’s Health

White Plains Hospital has special services for women undergoing cancer treatment, providing individualized guidance on hormonal, dietary and lifestyle factors, as well as information on treatment side effects, screening, early detection and community outreach initiatives. A Clinical Navigator is available as part of the program.

Integrative Services

The Integrative Services Program at White Plains Hospital provides evidence-based holistic modalities to complement conventional medical care. These services help patients improve the quality of life, manage symptoms and cope with illness and actively participate in their health and healing.

At White Plains Hospital, we offer integrative services such as yoga, acupuncture, massage, and Healing Touch. To learn more about our Integrative Services Program, click here.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available for patients at the Center for Cancer Care. To learn more, visit here.

Financial counselors are also available on site at the Center for Cancer Care and can be reached at 914-681-1259.

Clinical Navigator

We understand a cancer diagnosis can be frightening. In addition to the outstanding multi-disciplinary team that is available at our institution, we provide the services of a Lung Cancer and Breast Cancer Clinical Navigator.

Our Navigator's role is to help coordinate a patient's appointments with our multi-disciplinary team in a fast and efficacious way in order for a treatment plan to be formulated and initiated. In addition to the Navigator's goal to help decease barriers to services and improve access to care, they provide other services that include enrollment into clinical trials and assisting with social and family needs. Click here to learn more and contact the clinical navigators.

Caregiver Support

The Center for Cancer Care offers a range of classes and workshops to support caregivers. Caregivers are welcome to join yoga classes, Healing Circle, Knitting Circle, the monthly Caregiver Tea facilitated by a licensed social worker and Coordinator of the Caregiver Support Program, and more.

In addition, the Caregiver Support Center, located on the fifth floor (room # 563) of the main hospital, is a place where caregivers can take a physical and mental respite, talk to a volunteer, use a computer or access valuable information in our resource library.

 

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For more information on the Supportive Services offered at the White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care, call 914-849-7500.