The psychosocial oncology program is devoted to helping cancer patients and their families navigate the cancer experience from the time of diagnosis, through treatment and recovery, to the return to usual roles and lifestyle.
Psychosocial oncology involves a whole-person approach to cancer care that addresses a range of human needs that can improve or optimize the best possible quality of life for individuals and their networks affected by cancer.
Social Work and Counseling
Spectrum Health Lakeland's social work and psychological services are designed to help the patient and family, through a program based on their needs.
Social Work Services Include:
- Financial, insurance, and employment help
- Medicare, Medicaid, and disability help
- Access to community resources
- Decision-making and care planning
- Support Groups
Psychologist Services Include:
- Coping skills training and stress management
- Instruction in relaxation skills and meditation techniques
- Behavioral coaching in self-care strategies to manage illness and treatment effects
- Non-pharmacological strategies for the management of pain
- Marital/family therapy
- Crisis intervention
- Bereavement counseling
- Support groups
In addition, Lakeland offers Chaplaincy services to provide guidance and support to the patient-family unit.