Patient Support Services
As a patient of our cancer center, you and your loved ones will have access to various support services during all phases of your treatment and care. These services can include medical social work, patient navigation, financial advocacy, nutrition, educational and community resources, as well as information about local and regional support groups and classes.
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Social Services Team
An Oncology Social Worker, is available to assist with the emotional and social health concerns that may occur during the cancer diagnosis and treatment process. Concerns may involve coping with the news of a diagnosis, communicating with family and friends, and the affect of treatment decisions as they relate to work, family, and quality of life. Referrals to community agencies, transportation resources and/or referrals to home health care and hospice are also available. Please ask your nurse or physician for a referral or call 360-814-8255.
A Patient Navigator with partner with you throughout the diagnostic, treatment planning, and active treatment process and can assist with appointment coordination and scheduling as well as access additional resources if you are experiencing any barriers to receiving care. Please ask your nurse or physician for a referral or call 360-814-8148. The Financial Advocate will be able to assist you in understanding social security benefits, disability benefits, family leave and/or other employer based paperwork and identify local and national financial assistance and/or prescription assistance programs which may be available. Please ask your nurse or physician for a referral or call 360-814-2868.
For additional information about social work services and oncology social work visit National Association of Social Workers and Association of Oncology Social Workers.
Healthy nutrition can assist in aiding tolerance to treatment, enhance energy level, and support the immune system. Our cancer center can access a professional dietician/nutritionist to provide consultation and current resources based upon your specific concerns or needs. Please ask your physician or nurse for a referral or call 360-814-2435.
For additional information about Cancer and Nutrition visit American Institute for Cancer Research and American Cancer Society.
Cancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite and strength, effecting self-worth, mood, and her self-confidence. This support group structured program teaches beauty techniques to women, at any phase of the treatment process. It is designed to help combat the appearance-related side effects of treatment.
The Look Good, Feel Better sessions are led by trained, volunteer cosmetologists who teach women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry. Women also learn ways to manage hair loss with wigs, scarves, and other accessories. Pre-registration is required; to register please call the American Cancer Society Everett office at 425-404-2193.
Cancer Care Resource Room (sponsored by PACCAR)
Designed to provide information and education for patients and families, you will find resources regarding multiple cancer related topics.
All materials are free of charge and the Resource Room is available for patient and family use during normal business hours.
Transportation to and from treatment can be a concern for many patients and families. Your oncology social worker can assist you in locating the resources that are most appropriate for your current needs. Please call 360-814-8255 to discuss the options that may be available.
The Sunrise Inn on the Skagit Regional Health, Skagit Valley Hospital campus is available for patients or family members who may need to stay near the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center during any phase of their cancer treatment. Please call the Oncology Social Worker for further information, including cost, at 360-814-8255 and to pre-arrange these accommodations.
The American Cancer Society also has a Lodging Program designed to provide free or reduced cost hotel accommodations for cancer patients who must travel long distances for treatment. To inquire about this program, please call 1-800-227-2345.
Click on any of the links below to find information and support online: