The Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center is committed to caring for the whole patient. For us, that means much more than simply treating and managing an illness. Our program offers social service support, psychological support, pastoral counseling and a wide array of support programs designed to help patients and their families through the various stages of illness with compassion and understanding.
In conjunction with the American Cancer Society and other organizations, we offer several support groups that meet on a regular basis. Each year, we celebrate Cancer Survivors' Day in June with our community. We offer several support groups that include:
- IMPACT breast cancer support group.
- Look Good... Feel Better - for women undergoing cancer treatment
- Man to Man - prostate Cancer Support Group.
- Wellness program
- Smile A While (by appointment only)
- Educational seminars are offered throughout the year, and free public breast and prostate screenings are held annually.
Click here for a listing and schedule of upcoming support group meetings and programs.
DCH Help & Hope Fund
At the Manderson Cancer Center, patients experiencing financial hardship due to their illness have access to help through our Help & Hope Fund. This fund provides qualified patients much needed assistance with medication, lodging, transportation and other items needed to ensure appropriate care. The fund is administered by our social worker located on site at the Manderson Cancer Center.
Our full-time financial counselor is available at the Manderson Cancer Center to answer insurance and billing questions. Patients who may be experiencing financial difficulties during their cancer treatment can receive experienced guidance to manage their individual situation.
As part of the comprehensive care we offer, our clinical psychologist's goal is to work with the cancer patient and his or her family to improve the patient's mental health, psychological well-being and productivity. Various sessions for individual, group or family therapy can be scheduled with our clinical psychologist.
Patients at the Manderson Cancer Center are provided with nutritional counseling to teach them the importance of healthy eating habits during their treatment. Diets are tailored to meet individual needs.
The first step in cancer care is making an accurate diagnosis. Our board-certified pathologists offer diagnoses of malignant diseases within 24 hours of a biopsy. The surgical pathology report also helps to determine the best course of treatment.
With more than 60 surgeons in multiple specialties on staff, DCH Regional Medical Center contributes greatly to patient care with services ranging from diagnosis to resection of the diseased tissue. A variety of supportive treatment and reconstructive options are also available, and a convenient, same-day surgery unit is on site.
Directed by a certified American Academy of Pain Management physician, the team of SpineCareCenter offers a cost-effective plan to manage cancer pain, restoring patients to work and enjoyment of life. Specialized care includes physical therapy and a consulting psychologist trained in pain management. Treating pain effectively allows improvement in overall patient management and care.
DCH Physical Rehabilitation works with the Manderson Cancer Center to return individuals to their preillness status, or assist the patient with adaptation to any functional disability. Located at both the DCH Medical Plaza, DCH Physical Rehabilitation offers patients a wide range of services including physical therapy, occupational therapy and a specialized lymphadema program for patients experiencing problems with edema and pain following surgery. These services offer many of our patients the ability to perform daily living tasks with or without assistance, and the joy of regaining as much of their independence as possible.
The Enterostomal Therapy Department at DCH Regional Medical Center was established in the early 1980s. Several of our registered nurses have specialized training in the care of patients with skin, ostomy, wound and incontinence care needs. Because cancer can affect every body system, these professionals are frequently called upon to assist with the care of patients with cancer.
Home Care Services
As a Medicare-certified home health agency, the DCH Home Care Services provides a full range of home care services, including skilled nursing services; therapies, such as physical, occupational, speech/language and respiratory; clinical nutrition support; and social services.
As a part of DCH's integrated delivery system, home care professionals work directly with the patient's physician and other health care professionals to ensure optimum care at home.