Cancer Support Services
We understand that a cancer diagnosis brings many changes to your life and the lives of the people who care about you. You’ll have access to the many comprehensive services we have available from diagnosis through treatment and after care. Whether it’s one-on-one, through a class or program, or in a support group setting, we’re here for all your needs.
Cancer Support Services We Offer
Our genetic counselors can provide information about genetic testing options, as well as education on how genetics can contribute to cancer. Our comprehensive program focuses on family history, personal medical history, environmental factors, and genetics.
Our nurse navigators have years of experience treating cancer patients and are closely connected to physicians. Their knowledge, connections and extraordinary care make patient care less stressful. Navigators explain and answer questions about a patient’s diagnosis, coordinate testing, treatment, and follow-up care, assist with scheduling appointments, provide referrals to support groups and additional resources, help with financial concerns and medical insurance, and present a care plan at completion of treatment for ongoing support.
Registered dietitians are available to help patients decide what kind of diet is best. This is based on the type of cancer and the patient’s current relationship with food (if they can eat or swallow, if they are losing weight, if they are having trouble digesting food, or other food-related challenges). Our dietitians will create a diet specific for patients so that they can stay healthy before, during, and after treatment.
Palliative care is focused on providing support for patients with serious illnesses such as cancer. The care can include anything from relief from symptoms, pain and stress, to assistance with insurance, support groups and advanced care planning.
Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed for patients with chronic pulmonary conditions such as emphysema, bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, pulmonary hypertension or people who experience frequent shortness of breath. Program participants are evaluated by a respiratory therapist to discover baseline limitations and areas of focus for improvement to lead a more active lifestyle and increase comfort with breathing.
Support groups can offer help and healing and a sense of community along your journey. We offer support groups for patients and caregivers led by oncology nurses and social workers. See all the support groups we offer.
Why Choose John Theurer Cancer Center
Premier Cancer Center
U.S. News & World Report has recognized John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center as a premier cancer center in New Jersey.
The Memorial Sloan Kettering–Hackensack Meridian Health partnership brings together two world-class organizations with deep New Jersey roots and a single goal: Find more cures faster.
Our head/neck surgeons are certified to perform transoral robotic surgery (TORS). Our Robotic Center of Excellence is one of the largest robotic surgery programs, with the highest volume of minimally invasive cancer procedures in New Jersey.