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The National Comprehensive Cancer Network definition of a survivor: An individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis, through the balance of his or her life. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also impacted.
You and your family members, friends and caregivers should consider support as part of your care.
As part of our comprehensive approach to cancer care, the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute focuses on healing the whole person, both physically and emotionally. Because cancer care doesn’t end with treatment, there are a full range of support and survivorship resources that can help recovery and improve your quality of life.
People who have had a cancer diagnosis may experience feelings of loneliness, sadness or a loss of control – even when they are surrounded by loving and supportive family and friends. When you are ready, talking about your cancer with others who understand can help you develop coping strategies and provide support during your treatment and recovery.
This national nonprofit organization offers free support programs for you and your family including support groups, education programs, stress reduction and exercise classes, nutrition seminars, and cooking demonstrations. Cancer Support Community Atlanta offers programs at their facility near Northside Hospital in Atlanta, at Northside Hospital-Forsyth, and in various community locations throughout central and north Georgia. For more information or to view the current calendar, visit www.cscatlanta.org or call (404) 843-1880.
Networking Groups: These groups are topic or diagnosis specific and are open to drop-in participation. No RSVP is required, but be sure to check the calendar at www.cscatlanta.org as group dates, times and attendance vary.
Current Networking Groups include:
Volunteer cancer survivors and caregivers are available to mentor you throughout treatment. To request a mentor, send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. After you complete your treatment, you can join this group as a mentor and wellness advocate in your community. For information, contact (404) 851-8707 or email@example.com.
Woman to Woman pairs GYN cancer patients and their families with professionally trained and supervised survivor volunteers, who offer one-on-one emotional support and mentoring. Woman to Woman also promotes education and self-advocacy for women in treatment, as well as for their partners, families and other caregivers.
Individualized plans that relieve or lessen cancer related pain are
available from physicians specialty trained and board certified in
treatment. When pain is controlled, patients tend to be more active and participate in their care and recovery. Depending on the type and cause of the pain, a variety of treatment options are considered including but not limited to medications and outpatient procedures, such as nerve blocks. For information, call (404) 459-1838.
Palliative care is an interdisciplinary medical specialty focused on improving the quality of life for patients living with the burden of serious illness. During your hospital stay, the palliative care team can partner with you, your family and your doctor to design a treatment plan that meets your physical, emotional and spiritual goals. Northside’s Palliative Care Team provides an extra layer of support from specialists including physicians, nurse practitioners, counselors and hospital chaplains. If you or your family can benefit from our Palliative Care team support, please ask your physician for a referral.
Northside’s nurse navigators are specialty-trained to help guide patients after diagnoses and through treatment, educating and supporting them to make informed decisions. They work with radiologists, pathologists, surgeons, oncologist and other specialists to coordinate your treatment plan. For more information, contact (404) 300-2800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oncology rehabilitation is much like other forms of rehabilitation that happen after a serious illness or injury. Cancer and cancer treatments sometimes cause conditions such as pain, fatigue, balance issues, or may limit your ability to do routine activities. As a member of the nationally recognized STAR Program® of certified cancer rehabilitation programs, our focus is improving the lives of survivors through individual therapy plans and evidence-based treatments. Our program is supported by certified physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Specialty rehabilitation services are available for the treatment of lymphedema, swallowing therapy, pelvic health management, and wound care. If you have problems that you didn’t have before your diagnosis, oncology rehabilitation can likely help you. For information or to schedule an appointment, call (404) 236-8034 in Atlanta, (770) 844-3650 in Forsyth or (770) 720-5127 in Cherokee.
Helping individuals with aftercare and community referrals. For information, call (404) 851-8829.
A dedicated team of chaplains available for your care and counseling needs. For information, call (404) 851-8754.
Northside Hospital Cancer Institute and Behavioral Health Services offer a Psych-Oncology Program with a multidisciplinary team including Oncology Clinical Social Workers, who work with patients undergoing cancer treatment to reduce emotional distress and improve quality of life. Psych-Oncology is a specialty in cancer care concerned with understanding and treating the social, psychological, emotional, spiritual and functional aspects of cancer, from prevention through bereavement.
People with cancer have much higher rates of depression and
anxiety. Patients who suffer from anxiety and depression often
have an inferior quality of life, suffer more pain and have a
harder time keeping up with their cancer treatment schedule.
With appropriate treatment, these patients can have an improved
quality of life and are able to manage their treatment. Some
studies suggest there are better outcomes in cancer care when
depression and anxiety are addressed and treated.
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Survivorship classes are offered to help you transition from active treatment to life after cancer. Survivors often wonder “What's next?” This class will help you discover what is next for you, provide assistance and give you some tips on wellness. A registered nurse, social worker and registered dietitian lead this two-hour class at the Cancer Support Community Atlanta. Classes are offered monthly with options during the day and on Saturday to help accommodate work and school schedules. For more information about class dates, visit www.cscatlanta.org or call (404) 843-1880.
Through the Northside Hospital Foundation and Northside Hospital Auxiliary, we host several events throughout the year that celebrate cancer survivors and their caregiver and honor those who have passed away.
Camp Hope is a three-day weekend retreat for adults who have been diagnosed with cancer. Held at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia, the camp is funded solely by Northside Hospital-Atlanta Auxiliary, and staffed with Auxilians and professionals from Northside. The mission is to create a healing environment for those touched by cancer, by fostering meaningful relationships with others through shared experience, relaxation and fun. For more information or an application, call (404) 851-8707 or visit www.northsideatlaux.com.
Celebration of You at the Braves Game
This free annual event, usually held in April or May, is a day of celebration and a time to honor our cancer survivors, their spouse/partners and their care providers. For more information, call (770) 667-4483 (GIVE).
Cancer Survivor’s Reception
This event is held annually at Northside Hospital-Forsyth, on the evening before the Celebration of Lights Christmas tree-lighting event. Ornaments honoring and celebrating survivors, caregivers and cancer care providers, and remembering loved ones who have passed are added to the Survivors’ Tree during a special ceremony. Additionally, lights on the Christmas trees (in Cumming, Atlanta and Alpharetta) can be purchased in honor or memory of individuals affected by cancer. For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, call (770) 667-GIVE (4483).