Cancer care is complex, involving multiple physicians and other healthcare professionals, as well as advanced treatments that may be confusing to understand. If you're like many cancer patients, you're probably feeling overwhelmed by it all. But if you've chosen Levine Cancer Institute for your cancer care, you know that you are not alone. From diagnosis to remission, we are always here to provide you with the support and resources you need to get through this journey. Here is just some of the help you can expect to receive:
- Nurse navigators provide educational materials and are always available to answer your questions, serve as a liaison between you and physicians, assist you in scheduling appointments and get you and your family connected with the local resources you need to address physical, mental, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual needs. In short, they are your advocate. A patient resource navigator is also available to offer solutions to nonmedical issues that may arise, such as those involving insurance and transportation to and from appointments and treatments, as well as referrals for support groups and classes. The patient resource navigator is also available to simply provide a shoulder to lean on.
- A monthly support group, part of the Survivorship Program, offers the opportunity for those who have had bladder cancer to connect and share their experiences with other survivors and families. Topics pertaining to maintaining your health during treatment and recovery are also covered.
- The Cancer Resource Center, open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., is located at the Levine Cancer Institute's main facility on the first floor and features online access to cancer information, cancer literature, information on support groups and educational classes and a cancer calendar of events.
- Ongoing classes. From smoking cessation, nutrition and exercise, a wide of variety of classes are available to improve health and quality of life. Integrative services such as yoga and tai chi are also available.
For more information about activities and programs available at your North or South Carolina site, please talk with your cancer-care team or contact Levine Cancer Institute's Survivorship Department at 980-442-2000 or 800-804-9376.