Adult and Pediatric Cancer support in San Antonio
Fighting cancer is best done with the help and support of family, friends and compassionate professionals. Our team of cancer care specialists provide the very best services so you or your child can walk your cancer journey with confidence.
To learn more about our cancer resources, please call askSARAH at (210) 507-0941.
Getting diagnosed with cancer is a life-changing event. Methodist Healthcare has highly trained mental health professionals to help individuals and families cope with the stressors that cancer brings.
We offer the following support and programs to provide an extra layer of care for our adult and pediatric patients:
- Access to local and national peer support groups
- Adolescent Young Adult (AYA)
- Bedside music and art therapy
- Collaborative relationships with the American Cancer Society, Thrivewell Cancer Foundation, Susan G. Komen, and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to facilitate access to community resources
- Financial counseling and assistance
- Genetic counseling
- Oncology nurse navigators
- Oncology rehabilitation and lymphedema management
- Palliative care team
- Pastoral care
- Peer support and mentoring
- Recreational therapy
- Referral for fertility and reproductive health counseling
- Registered Dieticians and nutritional counseling
- Smoking Cessation program
- Transportation assistance via the Methodist Health Bus
Our staff is dedicated to taking a holistic approach to the needs of our cancer patients and families. Our Psychosocial Oncology team understands that the emotional, psychological, spiritual and social impact of cancer is often more difficult to manage than the medical aspects of cancer care.
In the hospital setting, we offer clinical oncology social work consultations for individual, group and family counseling. Our clinical social work staff can help with:
- Adjustment to illness
- Anxiety and depression
- Caregiver support
- Parenting with cancer
- Stressors that come with cancer treatment
- Talking to children about cancer
We also provide individualized cancer education and support, family conferences and referral to outside cancer and financial resources to address the needs of the whole family.
Oncology nurse navigators
Methodist Healthcare works together with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, to provide experienced, compassionate nurse navigators to support patients as they go through the many stages of living with Cancer. The cancer nurse navigator is your medical system advocate and will help you, and your family, understand each part of the cancer journey while compassionately supporting your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. The cancer nurse navigator will provide assistance with:
- Understanding diagnosis and available treatment options
- Understanding what resources are available and how to access them
- Overcoming barriers and coordinating care with the entire healthcare team
- Connecting patients with community resources
- Providing educational materials
- Improving communication between the healthcare team and participating in multidisciplinary cancer conferences to assure personalized cancer treatment for each patient
We have several specialized nurse navigators in our oncology program, including:
- Breast cancer
- Lung cancer
- Blood cancer
- Complex gastrointestinal cancer
- Gynecologic cancer
- Colon cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Liver cancer
Our programs are accredited by the following organizations:
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
Methodist Healthcare is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (210) 507-0941 or chat online at askSARAH.