Cancer Support Services
The cancer experience is life-changing for patients and their loved ones. Cancer patients need support before, during and after their treatment. Our goal is to go above and beyond clinical care to address psychological, social, nutritional, and practical concerns to promote holistic healing of patients, family members, and loved ones.
What we do
Our team includes social workers, a dietitian, and a financial coordinator. Our free services for Washington Cancer Institute patients include:
- Provides emotional support
- Referrals to community resources to address issues including transportation, food scarcity, mental health, home care, etc.
- Legal consultation and support through Health Justice Alliance collaboration
- Assists with applying for Durable Medical Equipment to support daily functioning affected by cancer
- Addresses cancer and treatment side effects including loss of appetite, nausea, weight loss/gain, irregular bowel movements, fatigue, etc.
- Provides recommendations to prevent malnutrition and maintain optimal nutritional status
- Works closely with patients who need artificial nutrition including a feeding tube or parenteral nutrition
- Assesses financial barriers and connects patients with financial resources
- Provides information on patient assistance programs, insurance, healthcare systems, Affordable Care Act coverage, etc.
Call us with any questions at 202-877-CARE (2273), or find us on the first floor of the Cancer Institute.