Support During and After Treatment
We offer a range of supportive services to help with the questions and concerns that may arise during treatment – and beyond, in your life as a survivor of cancer.
Navigation: Cancer treatment can be complex, but we’re here to help. To ensure that your needs are met, we’ll connect you to a special team of navigators focused on helping you through your treatment experience. Though our entire staff is available for questions and guidance, we also have dedicated navigators with specific areas of specialization.
- Oncology Nurse Navigator: Our navigators are available to meet with you to provide information and emotional support, help you understand treatment options or assist with scheduling and coordination of your medical tests or appointments.
- Oncology Financial Navigators: work with all patients (insured and uninsured) to provide information on treatment costs and insurance benefits and help connect you to resources that may help cover or subsidize costs for treatment and cancer medications.
We offer a wide array of complementary programs to promote healing and relaxation, help reduce unpleasant side effects and contribute to overall well-being. Using complementary therapies such as aromatherapy, acupuncture, massage, and reflexology, a holistic approach is taken to the treatment of those with cancer. (Link to Complementary Medicine)
Nutritional Counseling: Our dietitian can help with optimizing nutrition during treatment, managing taste changes and other side effects that alter nutritional intake.
Support Groups: We offer an ongoing calendar of community support groups and educational programs for you and family members, with programs for people who are newly diagnosed, in treatment and living as survivors of cancer. Danbury Hospital works collaboratively with Ann’s Place (link here), a cancer community support center offers support groups, classes, and social support services to those who need additional assistance.
Spiritual Care: With sensitivity to every patient’s beliefs, needs and desires, our specially trained oncology chaplains are available for supportive listening, patient advocacy and counseling for you and your family members. (link to Spiritual Care)
Palliative Care: The Western Connecticut Health Network is the first in the state to offer The Joint Commission accredited palliative care program at Danbury Hospital. Pain and other symptoms are not only uncomfortable, but also can present a barrier to treatment. That’s why symptom management is a key part of our palliative care program. Please make sure to communicate with us about what pain you may be feeling; we have many therapies and treatments to offer. (Link to Palliative Care)
Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation: We have occupational therapists with expertise in treating lymphedema and other complications from axillary surgery. With the goal of helping every patient achieve as close to normal function as possible, we offer the full array of rehabilitation. (Link to Rehab)
To find more information on the team or to speak with a cancer specialist call:
- 203-739-7893: WCHN Praxair Cancer Center, Danbury Hospital
- 860-210-5300: WCHN The Diebold Family Cancer Center
- 203-852-2148: WCHN Whittingham Cancer Center
- NCI - http://www.cancer.gov/ – a link to the National Cancer Institute with detailed information on all cancers including diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials
- Cancer.org – http://www.cancer.org/cancer/index - a link to the American Cancer Society which provides patient information
- NCCN - nccn.org/patients/guidelines/default.aspx - The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) aims to provide people with cancer and the general public with state-of-the-art cancer treatment information in easy-to-understand language.