Resources & Support
Local Supportive Care Services
Shenandoah Oncology has collaborated with Valley Health System to create an array of local support services for our oncology patients and their families. These services include:
- Wellspring: This service offers products to help manage physical and emotional side effects as well as support services to address patient needs during their treatment and recovery.
- Patient Navigator: A Patient navigator is available to meet with cancer patients to provide information to help them navigate the complex decision making required following a cancer diagnosis. The navigator also provides short term distress counseling as needed and can make patient referrals to community services.
- Specialist in Oncology Nutrition: A certified, registered dietitian is available to provide nutritional counseling for cancer patients as they are going through their treatment and recovery. The dietitian also teaches interactive nutrition classes throughout the year.
- Genetic Counseling: This collaborative service is provided in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University to help individuals determine their cancer risk.
- Cancer Survivorship/Rehabilitation Program: Cancer patients referred to our STAR Program work with specially trained occupational, physical and speech therapists to address the unique health and quality of life issues of people undergoing treatment or living with side effects of their cancer therapy.
- Integrative Care Program: This serves as a complementary addition to health care utilizing integrative techniques to calm the senses. This includes Reiki therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
Patient Support Groups
Cancer affects far more than the body: patients’ psychological and emotional health must also be considered. Cancer patients can be abruptly forced to face difficult medical decisions as well as both physical and emotional side effects of their treatment.
At Shenandoah Oncology, we focus on the entire person and we also consider the needs of your family members, caregivers and loved ones. We give patients access to numerous local and nationwide support programs that can provide information, guidance, and an unparalleled understanding of living with cancer.
The purpose of a support group is to help patients in similar situations share their experiences, get tips and ideas from others, and learn more about solving their cancer related problems. Support groups are available for patients with various types of cancer and are open to both patients and family members.
Many national cancer organizations offer support groups for patients and loved ones. The American Cancer Society offers the following programs in our community:
- Peer to Peer Recovery Coaching
- Look Good...Feel Better
- Reach to Recovery
- Road to Recovery
- Dietitian on Call
- Breast prostheses and accessories
National Patient Resource Links
The following links connect you with more information regarding the illness of cancer and are provided for the convenience of our patients. Please note that the information available through these links is not provided by Shenandoah Oncology, and while this listing does not constitute an endorsement of the sites by Shenandoah Oncology, we do find them to be useful sources of information.
No website should be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other healthcare professional for any questions regarding your medical condition.
- American Cancer Society
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
- Clinical Trials.Gov (Service of US National Institutes of Health)
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- National Cancer Instititue (NCI)
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
- Susan G Komen For The Cure
- US Oncology