Cancer is not only a physical ordeal; it is also an emotional one, affecting patients, their family and friends. Support services are available at Rush to help patients and their loved ones cope with the psychological, emotional and spiritual effects of cancer.
- Complementary, integrative therapies — such as acupuncture and massage therapy — are available through the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program to reduce the mental and physical stresses that often accompany traditional cancer treatment.
- Nutrition counseling can help patients improve their health through diet. A registered dietitian provides individualized recommendations to meet health goals, such as increasing energy or managing treatment side effects.
- Palliative care services aim to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. These recently expanded services focus on reducing pain, stress and other symptoms.
- Pastoral services are available from chaplains at Rush to support the spiritual and emotional health of patients and families.
- Psychotherapy and other psychosocial oncology services help patients, caregivers and families manage stress and physical symptoms.
- Social work services — a licensed clinical social worker meets with patients and family members to find out your needs and provide the necessary support.
- Support groups and activities, many on the Rush campus, offer opportunities for patients and families to share their feelings and experiences with others who are living with cancer.