Cancer Support Services
This is a rough time for you and your family, so we want to provide the
social and emotional support that you may need to deal effectively with your illness.
We recognize that a person's spiritual dimension can have a powerful influence on his or her physical well-being. That's why we have made this an important aspect of our cancer services program. When you become a patient, a hospital chaplain automatically becomes a member of your multi-disciplinary team. He or a member of his staff-which includes two other chaplains and over 30 volunteers-can be available upon request.
Cancer Support Groups
As you face the physical and emotional challenges of your illness, it is often helpful to connect with others who are having similar experiences. To meet this need, The Regional Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society sponsor two different monthly support groups: a general meeting for cancer patients and their families, and another for women experiencing breast cancer. These meetings are held monthly; the former in a lobby at The Regional Cancer Center and the latter at The Center for Women's Health at JCMC.
Hospice Bereavement Groups
Eighty-five percent of the patients served by Hospice are cancer patients. If you lose a loved one to cancer, then the bereavement support groups sponsored by Hospice may be of comfort to you. Separate groups for adolescents and adults are conducted monthly at the Hospice Building located on West Market Street in Johnson City.
Cancer Prevention and Community Outreach
Researchers estimate that if everything known about the prevention of cancer was applied, up to two-thirds of cancers would not occur.
At The Regional Cancer Center, we have programs in place to let people know about the types of cancer screenings available and other important information that can help them reduce the odds of getting cancer.
We conduct several educational programs each year for the public, each one focusing on a different type of cancer. We also participate in health fairs across the region, regularly offer cancer screenings, and distribute information about cancer prevention and early detection through The Health Resources Center located in The Mall at Johnson City.
For more information on The Regional Cancer Center, call Mountain States Health Link at 423.431.5551 or 1.800.888.5551.
Serving the people of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia