The medical professionals at the Prostate Center are complemented by an array of supportive services that include social workers, nutritional counseling, and pastoral care. Perhaps most importantly, patients at the Prostate Center will have the opportunity to work with a Patient Navigator, who will provide coordination among the many departments a patient may visit.
The Prostate Center expands patient support by including Patient Navigators on the team. The Patient Navigator guides the patient through cancer treatment, adding a human touch to what often feels like a cold and overwhelming process. Providing education materials, articulate treatment options, information about clinical trials and family support services, the Navigator is an integral part of the Center.
Compassionate, expert social workers provide support group facilitation, adjustment to illness counseling, crisis intervention, information and referral, advocacy and support services throughout the continuum of care. To schedule an appointment with a social worker, speak to your Patient Navigator or nurse case manager.
Lombardi hosts several support groups for adult hematology/oncology patients and their caregivers. Patients should call the facilitator before their first visit to a support group. Groups are free and open to the public; free parking is available. Contact the facilitator listed for the group location.
A complete listing of support groups is available here.
In the Jesuit tradition of the institution, chaplains and clerical staff offer spiritual support to patients and their loved ones as they struggle with the many issues related to the disease, its treatment and aftermath.
Spirituality can be an important source of strength and hope during one's experience with cancer. The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center has dedicated chaplains who specialize in the spiritual and emotional support of oncology patients and their caregivers of all religious affiliations. Learn more about the Department of Mission and Pastoral Care.