Cancer care at CVPH is a multi-disciplinary, holistic approach to providing patients with all needed services. The staffs in the FitzPatrick Cancer Center and on the R-5 Nursing Unit and physicians collaborate together and with other health professionals in order to achieve best results for patients.
An oncology social worker is based in the Cancer Center and works there and on R-5 to help meet the psychosocial needs of patients and their families. The social worker provides counseling, information, or referral to other community organizations. Advocacy is another role played by the social worker.
A number of support groups are available for patients and family members with participation and involvement purely voluntary. The social worker coordinates those groups that are sponsored by CVPH Medical Center and is aware of any community-based support groups offered by other agencies. The following support groups are available to patients and their family members:
- Grief Support Group (monthly)
- Treasure Chests, Breast Cancer Support Group (monthly)
- Leukemia/Lymphoma Support Group (monthly)
- Man to Man Prostate Support Group (monthly)
Registered dietitians from the CVPH Nutrition Services Department work with patients and their families to help meet any specialized nutrition requirements. Cancer patients often experience a change in appetite and food intake, metabolic alterations or side effects from their treatment. Advice is provided regarding appropriate diet for specific disease states, specialized nutrition supplements, or strategies to optimize food intake.
A full-time pharmacist that specializes in oncology works within the FitzPatrick Cancer Center to help ensure that all patients receive the best possible pharmaceutical care. The pharmacist works directly with the physician oncologists and nursing staff to collaborate on topics such as pain management, home infusion of chemotherapy and drug admixture for medical oncology treatments at CVPH. The pharmacist also plays an active role with clinical trials being conducted.