Patient & Family Support for Cancer
The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is your partner on the road to recovery. As we navigate this journey together, we understand that cancer can affect many aspects of your life. That's why the Jefferson staff works with you and your family, helping to meet your physical and emotional needs during this difficult time.
Oncology Social Workers
Social workers understand that cancer is a disease that affects the entire family, and sometimes those effects last after treatment is completed. One of the main goals in offering social work services in oncology is to reduce outside stressors, which can impact a person's ability to cope with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Our oncology social workers specialize in:
- Individual, couple and family counseling to cope with illness adjustment issues, stress management and/or end-of-life issues
- Support and referrals for symptoms of anxiety and depression related to the cancer diagnosis
- Support for patients in talking with their children and grandchildren about their cancer diagnosis
- Resource information and financial needs (home healthcare; medical equipment; Social Security Disability (SSD)/Social Security Insurance (SSI); prescription assistance; hospice care; insurance questions; transportation; general financial assistance
To speak with a social worker, call 215-955-8370.
Nutrition and Dietetics Counseling
Food and nutrition play a vital role in cancer care. This is a time when there is much demand on the body. The right food choices can help minimize some of the side effects of your cancer treatment that may interfere with eating. The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center's outpatient oncology dietitian is available to provide you with information, education and consultation throughout your cancer care and beyond.
Below you'll find information to help you decide if a dietitian is right for you, managing symptoms, available treatments and sample diets:
- When to Speak with a Dietitian (PDF)
- Understanding Constipation Treatments (PDF)
- Treating Mouth Pain and Difficulty Swallowing (PDF)
- Low Residue (Bowel Movement) Diet (PDF)
- Speech Therapy (PDF)
- Managing and Treating Taste Changes (PDF)
Our dietitian can teach you how to optimize your nutritional status and get the best nutritional value from your diet. The dietitian can assist both you and your loved ones in developing a nutrition plan that is specific to your needs. Your nutritional status will be monitored on an ongoing basis as needed to ensure that you maintain your nutritional needs during this time.
If you or your oncology care team feel that you need the assistance of a dietitian during the course of your cancer treatment, you may request that your physician or the team order a consultation.
For more information, call 215-955-8370.
Financial Assistance Services
Trained financial counselors are available to help answer questions about your insurance coverage and to help those who are uninsured or underinsured apply for the coverage they need. In addition, many drug companies offer assistance to patients who may not be able to afford their medications due to financial hardship. Our drug replacement specialists will help patients find out if they qualify for this type of assistance.
Cancer Survivorship Program
Being a cancer survivor can mean different things to different people. Some say a patient becomes a survivor at first diagnosis. Others may feel one must complete a treatment regimen and be "cancer free" to be considered a survivor. At Jefferson's Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia, we accept both schools of thought and recognize how important it is for survivors of all types to have necessary information and support to cope with a cancer diagnosis.
The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center's Cancer Survivorship Program helps you understand what it means to be a cancer survivor and what to expect from your cancer diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care. Our Survivorship platform includes biannual conferences featuring keynote speakers and several breakout sessions to give cancer patients, survivors and caregivers a better understanding of survivorship and what comes next after a cancer diagnosis. This is a free event open to all cancer patients and survivors.
View presentations from our May 29, 2015 Cancer Survivorship Conference below: