In addition to the care and support provided by medical staff personnel,
St. Michael Hospital offers several specialized services to help patients
and families cope with the emotional effects and practical concerns
of the illness.
Our social workers regularly counsel cancer patients and families
to help them deal with issues related to work, finances, insurance
coverage, emotional stress, legal matters, household assistance and
community resources. Spiritual care and support are provided by pastoral
representatives from all denominations as needed or desired. Patients
also have access to the psychotherapy staff and services of the St.
Michael Hospital Mental Health Center.
In addition, support groups are available through the Cancer Care
Center to offer patients, family and friends more opportunities to
share concerns with others who understand.
People diagnosed with cancer now have more reason to be hopeful about
their future than ever before. Thanks to medical progress, early diagnosis
and prompt treatment, patients are living far longer and feeling much
better with treatment. While a cancer diagnosis still comes with fears
and uncertainties, the treatments that are available today offer all
patients new hope for survival and cure.