|Family Member Resources|
A cancer diagnosis can be hard and stressful for everyone in the family. Renown Institute for Cancer offers a full scope of support services so patients and their families receive personalized care and continuous guidance throughout their journey. Patients are connected with dieticians and social workers, each of whom specializes in working with cancer patients. Download the full Resource Guide.
Key resources available to family members include:
Cancer treatment includes care for the patient and the family, not just the cancer. A social worker and cancer concierge are available to assist with the many questions and concerns that a cancer diagnosis can have on patients and their families.
Cancer Counseling Service
Emotional and mental health is a vital component of the healing and recovery process for cancer patients. Renown Behavioral Health helps patients and their families address the emotional aspects of cancer. Counseling services may include emotional and psychological support, treatment of depression and anxiety, as well as stress management and relaxation techniques. As a part of a grant from the Renown Health Foundation, every cancer patient is entitled to eight free counseling sessions. Counseling sessions are available by appointment.
Cancer Resource Center
The Sally de Lipkau Cancer Resource Center offers many support services for cancer patients and their families including a lending library with cancer resources as well as information about support groups and other support services. The Sally de Lipkau Cancer Resource Center also houses the American Cancer Society Affiliate Office.
Financial counselors can help patients determine how much of the bill will be covered by insurance and how much will be their responsibility. They can also find sources of financial aid that may be available
Licensed Social Worker
Assessing the psychosocial impact of cancer on patients and their families, and provides counseling, information and referrals to community resources.
All cancer patients are offered free consultations with a registered dietician to help with nutrition-related side effects of cancer treatments. The dietician is available to meet with all cancer patients and their families to discuss individual nutritional needs and concerns. Nutritional tips for helping a loved one through cancer treatments:
Be prepared for the patient's tastes to change from day to day
• Have food within easy each at home
• Have meals and snacks ready so the patient can have something to eat when they are ready
• Even if the patient doesn't want to eat at all, encourage plenty of fluids
• Try not to push the patient into eating and drinking. Encourage with support without being overwhelming
Palliative & Supportive Care
The main goal of this program is to optimize the quality of life for patients with advanced stages of cancer. Palliative & Supportive Care can enhance the quality of life for patients by minimizing symptoms and helping with the decision-making process. It can be a valuable addition to curative therapies by assisting with advanced illness planning and symptom management.
Passing the Time
Finally, we understand that you and your loved one may spend extended amounts of time at Renown Regional Medical Center. There are a variety of activities to help pass the time and ease your mind while your loved one is receiving care. From getting fresh air on the garden patio, to relaxing in front of your favorite TV program, Renown Regional Medical Center offers many alternatives to help you pass the time download the brochure