Support Services

Cancer’s toll is not just physical, but mental and spiritual as well. We offer a variety of compassionate, innovative services to help patients and their families cope with the demands of treatment.

  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Healing Touch
  • Home Health Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Lymphadema Services
  • Nurse Navigators
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Rehabilitation
  • Spiritual Care
  • Support Groups
  • Yoga for Cancer Health

An oncology clinical nurse specialist provides critical education and treatment support to patients. Our nurse specialist helps with clinical issues, such as pain management strategies and coordination of care, serving as a valuable resource to patient and families through each stage of treatment and recovery. For more information, call (714) 446-7182.

Nurse Navigators are available to offer support and education through every step of diagnosis and treatment. In addition to helping with clinical issues, such as coordination of care and symptom management, our nurse navigators help ensure each patient has the resources and support to successfully recover.

  • Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator: (714) 992-3000 ext. 5367
  • Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator: (714) 992-3000 ext. 5365
  • Gastrointestinal and Urinary Cancers Nurse Navigator: (714) 446-7182
  • Nurse Navigator (all other cancers): (714) 446-5123

Our registered dietitian provides nutritional advice to help patients prevent weight loss, manage treatment side effects, and maintain their strength and energy levels. For more information, call (714) 992-3000 ext. 5982.

Clinical social workers address the emotional and social concerns of patients before, during and after treatment. This ongoing support and intervention helps patients cope with problems exacerbated by illness, including financial, employment and insurance issues. For more information, please call (714) 992-3000 ext. 2299.

Certified therapists offer complete lymphedema services, from Comprehensive Decongestive Therapy (CDT) to help with skin care and adapting daily activities. For more information, call (714) 992-3000 ext. 2985.

Spiritual care services minister to patients and families of all religious faiths 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services include visitation, counseling, intervention, prayer, sacraments and bereavement counseling. For more information, call (714) 992-3000 ext. 3810.

St. Jude Heritage Medical Group pain management specialists treat pain associated with cancer. Our fellowship-trained physicians are experts in pain management and anesthesiology, and offer the most innovative and effective treatments in use today. Unlike many programs which focus exclusively on medications, our pain medicine physicians provide the entire spectrum of care, from non-invasive options—such as customized physical therapy and nerve blocks—to the newest minimally invasive interventions. For more information call (714) 446-5200.

For patients with life-limiting conditions, Palliative Care offers compassionate medical care that focuses on comfort and relief of pain or other symptoms. While all other appropriate medical treatments may continue, the palliative care team—including advance practice nurses, social workers, chaplains and other professionals—work to improve a patient’s quality of life. By helping alleviate a patient’s physical, psychological, spiritual and practical burdens, palliative care gives patients a sense of control and allows them to live life more fully. For more information, please call 714) 992-3000 ext. 6341.

Support groups offer emotional support and information to patients and families experiencing cancer. These groups include Girl Talk, a breast cancer support group, and HOPE for Cancer Patients & Caregivers. A complete list of support groups and their meeting times is available by calling (800) 870-7537.

Compassionate hospice care is offered to terminally ill patients and their families by a caring team of registered nurses, chaplains, social workers, and especially trained volunteers. Tailored to each patient’s needs and wishes, the team’s efforts focus on pain management and providing emotional and spiritual support. On-call care and services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call (714) 712-9559 for more information.

Rehabilitation services are available during and after treatment. A multidisciplinary team, ranging from physical therapists to speech pathologists, are available to help patients maximize their comfort and regain skills. For more information, talk to your doctor.

Home health care brings skilled nursing care, rehabilitation therapies, and treatment options to the comfort of a patient’s own home. Call (714) 992-3000 ext. 2551 for more information.

Complementary therapies are also available, including:

  • Healing Touch is a gentle, noninvasive therapy that supports the body’s natural healing process by restoring balance within the body’s energy system. Many cancer patients find healing touch to be helpful in relieving treatment side effects and reducing anxiety. This free service is available by calling (714) 992-3000 ext. 2937.
  • Yoga for Cancer Health is designed especially for cancer patients and focuses on improving each patient’s general well-being and energy level. For dates and times of this free class, please cal l(877) 459-3627.
  • Man's Best Friend Therapy offers hospitalized patients the comfort and companionship of spending time with man’s best friend. Research indicates that dogs increase a patient’s emotional well-being while reducing anxiety and depression. For more information, please call Volunteer Services at (714) 992-3000, ext. 2878

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