Cancer Patient Support Programs
Oncology Social workers can help empower patients and families through all phases of the cancer journey. They help patients’ access information to understand their diagnosis and treatments as well as offer support in coping with disease and the many emotions that may arise with a cancer diagnosis.
A cancer diagnosis can be life-changing. Patients and their loved ones may experience grief, stress and feelings of uncertainty. Maimonides recognizes the importance of providing integrated psychosocial services to complement the patient’s treatment regimen. Maimonides Cancer Center patients have access to on-site counseling services, medication management as well as individual and family therapy. The Cancer Center also offers support groups and education provided by mental health professionals.
Nutrition is an integral part of comprehensive cancer care. The Maimonides Cancer Center has established a nutrition program to provide patients with guidance during cancer treatment. The program works toward this goal by providing early nutrition intervention and identifying problems that affect the success of anticancer therapy. Finding and treating nutrition problems early can help patients gain or maintain weight, maintain energy and strength, lessen side effects from treatment, improve the response to cancer therapy, and reduce complications of treatment.
Our oncology team refers patients who are at risk for poor nutrition to a registered dietitian who provides private nutrition counseling and conducts cooking workshops aimed at optimal nutrition before, during and after cancer treatment.
Our Palliative care team works closely with the support services team at the Maimonides Cancer Center, including the social workers, psychiatrist, psychologist and registered dietician. We all collaborate proactively with your primary cancer care team to manage symptoms that can be associated with cancer illnesses and cancer treatment in order to maximize our patients’ quality of life, and allow each patient to live life to the fullness, even though they have cancer. from diagnosis, through treatment and afterward.
Each year, the Maimonides Cancer Committee offers cancer screening programs for various types of cancer. These programs are designed to find cancer in its early stages in people who are at high risk for the disease, based on genetics, family history and/or the environment.
In a community as culturally diverse as Brooklyn, access to genetic counseling and testing is critically important. The Maimonides Cancer Center has established a genetic counseling program to provide residents with an added measure of cancer prevention. The genetics program works toward this goal through clinical research and by providing counseling, testing, and information to the community. With the help of the medical staff, individuals identified as high risk can adopt tailored medical management plans to detect cancers at early stages or prevent their occurrence entirely.