Survivorship Programs for St. Vincent Cancer Care patients are led by creative, artistic, compassionate associates who focus on the individual needs of each cancer survivor. Our goal is to give our survivors a place to find a balance for the needs of mind, body and spirit.
All St. Vincent adult cancer survivors are welcome to talk to our Cancer Care Survivorship Coordinator and participate in programs at any time during the cancer journey. Sometimes this happens immediately after an initial surgery or treatment. For others, they engage with our programs months or even a year later.
These activities are making a positive difference in the lives of many cancer survivors and their loved ones:
My Cancer Journey: A free, one-day workshop offered monthly that is an introduction to many of the Survivorship programs listed below. This workshop is for cancer patients and their loved ones and will include the topics: Meditation and Relaxation, Cancer 101, General Nutrition, Coping with Cancer, Art therapy and Gentle Yoga.
After your first appointment with the surgeon or medical oncologist, you may also meet a St. Vincent Patient Navigator. All of our Cancer Care Navigators work together to help bridge the communications so that patients feel more confident and proactive about their care. There will be lots of information and details, and our staff is here to help you sort through it all. Just remember – Cancer Survivorship starts from the very first appointment and throughout your treatment plan, and then at any point in your journey including the follow-up appointments.
Having a supportive network of family and friends is very positive. There may be times, however, when you feel "they just don't get it," especially if none have experienced cancer before. Or after you "graduate" from the treatment plan, there may be a lonely void because you are no longer on a steady schedule with treatments where you saw the same chemotherapy nurses or radiation oncology technicians every week. Survivorship programs--whether they are support groups, classes, discussions or art therapy-offer something for everyone.
At St. Vincent we are committed to providing holistic care that sustains and improves your health. Skilled nursing including wound care assessment, supervising medication dosing, administration of injections and other physician orders is coordinated with physical and occupational therapies, medical social services, and speech therapy. Telehealth services are provided to help monitor patients with chronic illness. For cancer patients that may include cardiac, blood pressure, COPD and diabetic complications. A Medical Alert – Personal Emergency Response device is available to keep you connected when an emergency happens and as a way to notify caregivers. St. Vincent Home Care also can arrange for durable medical equipment.
One-on-one consultation is available and is coordinated through a referral by your oncology physician. A Registered Oncology Dietitian is available at St. Vincent Cancer Center on Harcourt Road. To learn more about our nutrition classes contact our Survivorship Coordinator, 317-415-6690.
This six-week smoking cessation program led by nurses and pharmacists uses behavioral health counseling and medication, plus the nationally recognized “Beat the Pack” curriculum. To learn more, visit our Tobacco Management Center.
St. Vincent Hospice Team provides bereavement counseling for family and friends seeking to journey toward wholeness and health again after the loss of a loved one. Several support options (groups, remembrance teas, Mind-Body-Spirit workshops, Music Therapy and newsletters) are offered with true understanding and compassion for how to cope with grief and related stress.
St. Vincent Hospice team uses music therapy, aromatherapy, relaxation techniques, and encounters with TheraPets to help these patients control their pain and acute symptoms. Bereavement counseling and many types of support are available to family and friends. This group of caring associates seek to bridge the isolation a patient may be experiencing and touch the human spirit in profound ways, to bring hope, purpose and a connection to others.
The St. Vincent Pastoral Team takes prayer requests online. Chaplains are available to our patients and families, and chapels are located in all of the hospitals. A monthly a Spirituality Support Group is led by a chaplain at the Cancer Care Center on Harcourt Road.
This long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) is for adults with complex, serious illnesses that require intense, special treatment for long periods of time. Many onsite therapies are available: physical, occupational, speech, respiratory and animal-assisted therapy. Our hospital provides onsite 24-hour physician/medical provider services and specialized nursing care. These LTACH services are reimbursed by commercial health payers and Medicare Part A.