Cancer care is complex, involving multiple physicians and other healthcare professionals, as well as advanced treatments (insert treatment link) that may be confusing. If you're like many cancer patients, you're probably feeling overwhelmed.
But, if you've chosen Levine Cancer Institute for your cancer care, you are not alone. From diagnosis to remission, we 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 to address physical, mental, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual needs. In short, they are your advocates.
- Patient resource navigators are 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. For more information about nurse navigators, call 980-442-2000.
- The Cancer Resource Center, open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., is located on Levine Cancer Institute's first floor and features online access to cancer information, cancer literature, information on support groups and educational classes, and a calendar of events. For more information, please contact the Cancer Resource Center at 980-442-1006.
- Ongoing classes. From smoking cessation to nutrition and exercise, a wide variety of classes are available to improve health and quality of life. Integrative services, such as yoga and tai chi, are also available.
- Healing arts. Patients are invited to tap into their creative side via projects in writing, painting, music and other forms of art.
- REhope fertility treatment. REhope educates patients on their post-treatment fertility options and helps them incorporate a fertility preservation plan into cancer treatment. In some cases, financial assistance may be available.
- Rehabilitation. Pain and depression management, exercise programs and nutrition counseling are just some of the Carolinas Rehabilitation offerings that can help patients improve their quality of life. Carolinas Rehabilitation also offers lymphedema treatment through a partnership with occupational and physical therapists. (Lymphedema is the accumulation of fluid in the arms and legs, resulting from damaged lymphatic vessels).
For more information about activities and programs available at your Carolinas HealthCare System site, please talk with your cancer care team or contact Levine Cancer Institute's Survivorship Department.