Support Services for Cancer Patients
Treatment for cancer isn't about a disease – it's about a person. Community Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Care Center, part of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Network, offers an array of support options for people receiving cancer treatment.
Counseling and Emotional Support (Psycho-oncology)
A diagnosis of cancer can be frightening for patients and their families. Our advanced practice psycho-oncology nurse provides counseling and therapy services to help patients and family members affected by cancer overcome fear and come to terms with cancer and its influence on their lives.
Education about cancer and early detection saves lives. The Cancer Network sponsors educational programs throughout the year to help individuals learn how to cope with a diagnosis or to lower their risk for cancer. To learn more about classes we offer, visit our calendar of events.
Our health care professionals are available to speak to groups on cancer-related topics such as early detection, prevention, screening, coping and the latest advances in treatment research.
To contact our Speakers Bureau, call Education Services at Community Memorial Hospital at 262-257-3240.
We strongly believe a hospital's surroundings can positively affect the mood, stress-level and overall well-being of our patients and their families. In fact, clinical studies have found that viewing nature produces positive changes in a patient's blood pressure, heart activity, muscle tension and brain activity. That's why, with your help, we created the healing garden.
The healing garden is located on the hospital’s campus and is easily viewed and accessed from the main building and from the parking lot. The garden is home to trees, plants, flowers, sitting areas, a fountain and other naturally inspiring scenery. The healing garden provides a unique environment of beauty, silence and serenity — the kind that nurtures the body, mind and spirit. It is a place to experience the outdoors as the seasons and world change around us. It is a place to think, pray, grieve, hope, give thanks and remember.
Home Care and Hospice
The Cancer Care Center provides services through its affiliation with Horizon Home Care and Hospice, Inc. and other community agencies. Home care provides multifaceted health care services to individuals in their homes, with caring attention given to comfort, dignity, independence, privacy and self-esteem. The hospice program provides sensitive support for people in the final phases of a terminal illness. Hospice nurses help families manage the patient’s care so that the last days may be spent at home with comfort and dignity.
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin registered dietitians offer nutrition advice and will help you cope with possible weight fluctuations, taste changes, loss of appetite or other eating issues that may result from cancer treatment. A dietitian is available to review your dietary needs at any time.
Palliative Care Program
If a person’s cancer does not respond to curative or stabilizing treatments, palliative care may be an option. Palliative care focuses on reducing the severity of disease symptoms, rather than striving to cure, halt, delay or reverse disease progression. Learn more about the Palliative Care Program.
Cancer can affect your values, beliefs and hopes. This may be a time to reflect on them and prepare for the journey to come. A chaplain is available to assist you and your family through your journey. The hospital chaplain will also collaborate with your own pastor or religious leader who may be part of the treatment team if you wish.
Our oncology social worker is available to assist you and your family with emotional, legal, financial, transportation and other issues related to your healthcare needs. As part of the treatment team, the social worker meets with every patient who has an identified need. Should you need immediate assistance with counseling or help locating community resources, talk to your cancer nurses.
The Cancer Care Center offers a variety of support groups for cancer patients and their families at Community Memorial Hospital, with additional support groups available through the Cancer Network.
For locations and other information about support groups ask your nurse or call Careconnection, the hospital's free health information and physician referral service: 262-251-1001 or 800-246-8332.