Cancer is not only a physical ordeal, it is also an emotional one, affecting cancer patients, their family and friends. To help address the whole person, we offer resources to help patients and their loved ones cope in this difficult time.
Specialists in the cancer program recognize the importance of addressing patients' social and emotional issues in the context of their cancer care. We offer counseling and other services to help patients and their families cope with the disease and its treatment. Psychologists with special training in the needs of cancer patients offer courses in how to cope more effectively with cancer, how to quit smoking, stress reduction, pain control and communicating with children about adult cancer.
Integrative Support Services
(includes complementary therapies)
The Cancer Integrative Medicine Program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, has been designed to combine traditional cancer treatment methods with complementary therapies for cancer patients. For more information on the types of integrative services offered at Rush, visit the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program home page.
The Rush Cancer Resource Program is staffed by a patient navigator, a licensed clinical social worker who is an employee of the American Cancer Society. The patient navigator meets with patients and family members either by phone or in person to assess individual needs and provide the necessary support. For more information on the type of support the patient navigator provides, visit the Patient Navigator home page.
The Rush University Cancer Center has partnered with Gilda's Club to offer a variety of support groups for cancer patients and their families and caregivers. Learn more about Gilda's Club programs at Rush. For information on other support groups at Rush, visit the Support Groups home page.
Wellness Resource Center
The center offers free educational information about cancer, its treatment, symptom control, pain management, quality of life and hospice care. Resources include books, tapes, fact sheets and videos. Information on community services and support groups is also available. By offering information and support, the center strives to promote patients' sense of well-being and control.