Cancer Support & Survivorship

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. 

Cancer Support Community Atlanta

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:

  • Advanced Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Caregivers—for friends and family members
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Grief and Loss
  • Gynecological Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Sarcoma
  • Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Network of Hope

Volunteer cancer survivors and caregivers are available to mentor you throughout treatment. To request a mentor, send your request to networkofhope@northside.com. 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 networkofhope@northside.com.

Woman to Woman

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.

Pain Treatment Services

Individualized plans that relieve or lessen cancer related pain are available from physicians specialty trained and board certified in interventional pain
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 Team

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.

A Woman’s Place at Northside Hospital

A specialty boutique where women can find a wide variety of wigs, turbans, prosthetics and other products and advice they need to look and feel self-confident.

Nurse Navigators

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 nurse.navigator@northside.com.

Rehabilitation Services

Cancer and cancer treatments may sometimes cause conditions such as pain, fatigue, balance issues or may limit your ability to do routine activities. Oncology rehabilitation is similar to other forms of rehabilitation that may be used before, during or after a serious illness or injury, but is specifically designed to help address cancer-related symptoms.

Our program is supported by certified oncology rehabilitation 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 concerns or difficulties with activities that you did not experience until after your diagnosis, oncology rehabilitation may be able help you. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 404-236-8030.

Case Management

Helping individuals with aftercare and community referrals. For information, call (404) 851-8829.

Pastoral Care

A dedicated team of chaplains available for your care and counseling needs. For information, call (404) 851-8754.

Psych-Oncology Program

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.
Please click here to visit our Oncology Specialty Program

Nutrition Services

The assistance you need to ensure your nutritional needs are met in order to support your recovery goals. For information, call (404) 851-6050. 

Survivorship Classes

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.

Annual Survivorship Events

Through biannual survivor celebrations, the Northside Hospital Foundation and Northside Hospital Auxiliary celebrate cancer survivors, honor caregivers and remember loved ones who have passed. Visit give.northside.com for more information or call 770-667-4483.

Cancer Survivor Celebration at the Braves
Cancer survivors with their families and friends are invited to celebrate survivorship, honor caregivers and remember lost loved ones by cheering on the Braves at SunTrust Park. Tickets for Northside Hospital cancer survivors are free...

Winter Cancer Survivor Celebration
This event is held annually to celebrate our cancer survivors, honor caregivers and remember lost loved ones. This year, survivors are invited to attend an Alliance Theater production of “A Christmas Carol” at the Cobb Energy Center. Tickets for Northside Hospital cancer survivors are free. Visit give.northside.com for more information.

 

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