The 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. There is no charge for these services, and confidentiality is always respected.
Our social workers provide practical assistance to help patients obtain resources at the hospital, and in the community for transportation, overnight accommodations, home health care, medical equipment, financial and insurance information and skilled nursing facilities or hospice. You may contact one of our social workers to arrange a consultation time for you and/or your family to help with concerns and to find solutions that best meet your needs. If you are a patient of Dr. Hinton, Dr. Dubay or Dr. Tucker, please call Berni DellaPenna, ACBSW, at (205) 759-6253.
If you are a patient of Dr. Anguiano, Dr. Bostick, Dr. Hughes, Dr. Graham, Dr. Crew or Dr. Tadepalli, call Jennifer Walker, LBSW, at (205) 750-5172.
The Patient Navigator is here to provide support, hope and encouragement
for patients, their families and caregivers. The Navigator serves as a
conduit to community, social and psychological services and assists
patients throughout all phases of their treatment plan. The Patient
Navigator program currently serves only our breast cancer patients,
however, our goal is to expand navigator services to patients with other
forms of cancer. Please see your medical or radiation oncologist for
a referral if you would like an appointment with the Patient Navigator.
Nutrition is important in helping cancer patients build strength for the
fight. They type of cancer a patient has, their type of treatment and
possible side effects can place a lot of nutritional demand on the body.
The Manderson Cancer Center has a registered, licensed dietitian for
specialized nutrition care before, during and after treatments. Our
dietitian works with the patient and their care team to develop
personalized, nutritious and balanced eating information to fully
maximize the body's potential to receive nutrients needed during this
critical time. Our goals are to help our patients maintain a healthy
weight, eat foods and drink beverages that supply calories and
nutrients needed for energy, recovery and healing. Our dietitian is
available to help with a scheduled appointment or by physician referral.
To schedule an appointment, call (205) 343-8767
. Please leave a message.
The experience created by cancer treatment often creates a
spiritual/religious and emotional need that is just as important to meet
as the physical needs of our patients. Cancer patients all need a
supportive human touch and someone to share their intensely personal
journey. Our chaplains are charged with the responsibility of
ministering to the needs of people in crisis and to aid the medical
staff and clergy in the emotional and spiritual care of our patients.
The chaplain is the person to whom any individual may turn in a time of
crisis with the assurance that his confidence and personal beliefs will
be respected. Chaplains are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.
until 4:30 p.m. To contact one of our chaplains, call (205) 759-7900
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. Our clinical psychologist can
be reached at (205) 333-4087
In conjunction with the American Cancer Society and other organizations,
we offer several support groups that meet on a regular basis. We offer
several support groups that include:
Click here for more information about our support group meetings and programs.
- IMPACT breast cancer support group.
- Look Good... Feel Better - for women undergoing cancer treatment
- Prostate Cancer Support Group.
- Cancer Wellness Program
- Educational seminars are offered throughout the year, and free public breast and prostate screenings are held annually.