Patient and Family Support
We understand that cancer disrupts every aspect of our patients’ and families’ lives. We know that cancer can challenge psychological, social, spiritual and financial resources. To help, Cone Health is proud to offer the Doris S. Tanger Center for Patient and Family Support. Our center provides all of the support services cancer patients and their families need in one convenient location.
Most of our programs are offered free of charge for our patients and their families. We encourage all patients and their families to take full advantage of the support programs offered each month.
Cone Health provides an on-site clinical psychologist who takes appointments Monday through Thursday. Focused on cancer patients, our psychologist can help with:
- Anxiety/constant worry.
- Thoughts of suicide.
- Difficulties coping with grief or loss.
- Chronic pain.
- Feelings of trauma related to having cancer.
- Family problems.
- Marital problems.
Cone Health provides two on-site social workers to provide financial and other support for patients. Our staff can assist with:
- Nursing homes, assisted living and rest homes.
- Health insurance and benefits.
- Medication assistance resources.
- Alcohol and drug rehabilitation or counseling.
- Interpreting services.
- Home health services.
- Hospital discharge concerns.
- Hospice services.
- Ethical dilemmas.
- Supportive patient and family counseling.
- Transportation services.
- Healthcare power of attorney or living wills.
Cone Health offers an on-site chaplain who focuses on the care of the spirit, particularly as individuals and families deal with illness. Our chaplain is trained to be a listening presence, to be non-judgmental and to be open to people of all faiths and traditions.
Cone Health offers an on-site registered dietitian uniquely qualified to focus on oncology patients and their needs during and after treatments. Our patients can benefit from our free nutrition services at the time of diagnosis and during and after treatment.
Most commonly, our registered dietitian helps to improve our patients’ diets, manage related side effects caused by treatment and offers guidance on supplement usage. Additional fee services include assistance with weight loss after treatment.
Cone Health offers an on-site genetic counselor who provides cancer risk assessments.
Many forms of cancer are caused by hereditary traits. This means that certain cancers are a result of an altered gene passed from parent to child. This can come from either the father’s or mother’s side of the family.
Our genetics counseling allows our specially trained counselor to assess your risk through a variety of tests and offer guidance based on the test results.
Programs and Support Groups
Cone Health offers a variety of programs and support groups for cancer patients and their families.
Register for a specialized program:
Cancer prevention is a focus of the Cancer Center. Through our outreach department, several seminars are conducted throughout the year to provide education and information about signs, symptoms and treatment options. Some past topics have been about lung, prostate, skin or breast cancer.
For the latest classes in our Cancer Prevention Series, please consult our events calendar.
Early detection of cancer can be critical to the defense of any cancer. Cone Health proudly offers free screenings for a variety of cancers throughout the year. Most of our screenings are reserved for people who do not have insurance or cannot afford to visit a primary care physician. We provide requirements for each screening:
- Breast and cervical cancer screening.
- Colorectal cancer screening.
- Oral cancer screening.
- Prostate cancer screening.
- Skin cancer screening.
Get more information on our screenings.