Cancer affects the whole person-mind, body, and spirit. At Washington Cancer Institute, the staff of the Cancer Support Service team is trained to support you. Our mission is to provide compassionate and professional care to individuals affected by cancer, promote the healing process and treat the whole person. We want to make sure that you have the resources you need, including educational, financial, emotional or spiritual resources.
We are here to make your experience at the Cancer Institute the best it can be. Most of our services are free for Washington Cancer Institute patients.
Experienced and caring staff
We have social workers, a chaplain and counselors. We can help you:
- Understand your cancer diagnosis and treatment plan
- Find transportation to and from your appointments
- Help you develop coping skills and provide spiritual support
Most of these services are provided free of charge.
Putting you back in control of your life
Our services give you the skills to take control of your life. We offer support groups, one-on-one counseling, educational workshops, and nutrition and exercise programs. Staff members work one-on-one and in groups with patients and their loved ones. They focus on strengths, resilience and hope.
Patients with access to support achieve better results
In 2007, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report, Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs. The report stated that emotional support is an important part of cancer care. Research shows that patients who use support services during their cancer care have better results. That is why we are always looking for new ways to reach people who have just found out they have cancer. We are constantly expanding our programs to make sure we are meeting your needs. We want you to know that you are not alone.
While the doctors are busy helping you medically, we are here to help you find resources so you can live a full life. We are here to help you reclaim hope.