We are with you every step of the way. As a West Cancer Center patient, you and your loved ones have a unique benefit of comprehensive and individualized support throughout your journey here. Our Care Support Coordinators will help identify any potential barriers that may be preventing you from receiving the best treatment possible. Some of these barriers could be financial, transportation or support. Your Care Support Coordinator will help tackle these obstacles to clear the path for you to focus on healing. Your coordinator can help:
- Assess your clinical, emotional, spiritual, psychological, financial, and other needs
- Direct you to available in-house and community resources to address any barriers or needs you may have
- Assist you with paperwork needed to access the healthcare system
- Follow you throughout the care continuum, advocating and assisting you with any needs you may have
- Provide information about early detection services and screenings for you and your loved ones
PATIENT CARE SUPPORT SERVICES:
Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of symptoms related to a cancer diagnosis or treatment alongside your clinical plan designated by your doctors. It is used to address and control pain and to relieve nausea, fatigue, anxiety, depression, sleeping problems, and more. Though acupuncture is not a cure or standard treatment of cancer, it offers patients a holistic option for relief throughout their journey.
Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services program that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art making, creative processes, applied psychological theory and human experiences with a psychotherapeutic relationship. Art therapy can provide a sense of control to cancer patients in a situation filled with many uncertainties while offering a calm, soothing setting for relaxation and creativity.
BREAST & LUNG SCREENINGS
For those uninsured or underinsured, West Cancer Center partners with local philanthropy organizations to provide free breast and lung screenings.
For more information, please contact 901.922.6781.
CARE SUPPORT COORDINATOR
Our team of care support coordinators will help identify any potential healthcare barriers that may be preventing you from receiving the best treatment available. Some of these barriers may be financial, transportation, or other support services needed. Your Care Support Coordinator will help tackle these obstacles to clear the path for you to focus on healing. Contact [email protected] for more information.
For cancer patients without adequate insurance coverage, financial services and patient assistance programs are available. Patients who know they are underinsured or need assistance should contact our care support coordinators to further discuss options available to you.
For more information, please contact 901.683.0055 ext. 68151, or email [email protected].
FORM FITTING GARMENTS
Our form fitting program was created to provide breast prosthesis and mastectomy bras to breast cancer patients in need of financial assistance with co-pays and deductibles for these essential products.
Our genetic counselors can help you understand your risk to develop cancer and offer information about possible cancer screenings, along with risk reducing options for you and your family. For more information, please contact our genetic counselors at [email protected].
HATS, SCARVES & WIGS
Hats, scarves and wigs are available for patients who need them through the Wings Supportive Care Division.
For assistance at our Wolf River campus, please contact Ruby Maclin at [email protected]. For assistance at our Desoto, MS and Midtown Memphis, TN campuses, please contact Timothy Price at [email protected]. For assistance at our other clinic locations, please contact [email protected].
HOSPICE / HOME HEALTH
When it is determined that a patient has six months or less to live due to terminal illness, the provider may recommend hospice which helps the caregiver in and out of the home-setting take care of the patient. Patients may opt in or out of hospice care as desired. To learn more, please contact [email protected].
Lymphedema garments are related to the functioning of the lymphatic system, which helps fight off infection and clears debris from the body. To be eligible, one must be a breast cancer survivor who developed lymphedema as a result of their treatment and are in need of compression garments.
MINDFULNESS / MEDITATION
Mindfulness is a deep internal resource available, patiently waiting to be awakened and used in the service of learning, growing, and healing. One of the best ways to reduce stress is to participate in a meditation class and practice mindfulness-based stress relief. By quieting the mind and focusing on your breathing, you can learn to approach troubles you may be experiencing in a new way. For more information or to inquire about our class schedule, please contact [email protected].
Good nutrition, a healthy weight, and regular physical activity can reduce your risk of first or recurrent cancers. Good nutrition can also make a difference in how you feel during treatment, and even help reduce some of the unwanted side effects. West Cancer Center offers nutritional services from a Registered Dietician Nutritionist that specializes in Oncology Nutrition to help you “eat to beat cancer” no matter where you are in your cancer journey.
ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION
Oral chemotherapy is any drug you take by mouth to treat cancer. Oral chemotherapy cannot be administered by a needle, only in the form of capsules, tablets, or liquid. It has the same benefits and risks as chemotherapy given by infusion. For more information, please contact [email protected] or call 901.683.0055 ext. 65228.
Mindfulness is not something that you have to “get” or acquire. Mindfulness is something already within you. It is a deep internal resource available and patiently waiting to be awakened and used in the service of learning, growing, and healing. One of the best ways to reduce stress is to participate in a meditation class and practice mindfulness-based stress relief. By quieting the mind and focusing on your breathing, you can learn to approach troubles you may be experiencing in a new way.
Our board-certified team of palliative care support providers is here to help patients and their families manage the challenges of illness at all stages of cancer. Helping patients feel better during this time is our ultimate goal so they have the physical and mental strength to persevere.
Our specialized team of psychologists provides counseling and therapies to help you and your family adjust to the diagnosis of cancer, reduce stress, and improve your emotional well-being throughout the continuum of care from initial diagnosis, during treatment, and beyond survivorship. When emotional distress begins to interfere with quality of life, our team can provide a range of services that include relaxation therapies, person to person counseling, and referrals when needing further mental health treatments. Please consult with your physician for an appointment with our psychologists.
West Cancer Center offers extensive physical therapy care for pre and post operation and treatment. A physician-directed physical therapy program team will work with you to develop a personalized plan to achieve your treatment goals in coordination with your oncologist.
Our supportive care team is here to help both patients and their families as they adjust to illness concerns and issues, grief and loss, family and caregiver anxiety, employment, school or career concerns.
When a series illness is diagnosed, we recognize that addressing spiritual and emotional issues is often as important as addressing medical needs. Through our Spiritual Services, our goal is to help nurture your spiritual well-being so that you may find peace, comfort, and meaning at a time when its needed most. On request, our chaplain is available to provide interfaith spiritual guidance and comfort to patients and their family.
Cancer patients who practice yoga as a therapy during treatment often refer to their practice as life-changing. Yoga helps relieve physical, mental, and emotional stress that cancer diagnosis and treatment can often bring. Gentle yoga poses for cancer patients aide n a variety of ways. From stress and pain reduction, improvement of physical health, and even relationship and confidence building are just a few benefits to this integrative oncology therapy. Though yoga is not a cure for cancer, in provides a variety of health benefits alongside clinical treatment prescribed by your doctor.