Cancer Counseling Services
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At Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, our whole-person approach includes the support you need throughout your cancer care journey. Cancer counseling services allow you to receive help from caring professionals who understand what you are going through.
Cancer counseling services at Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute
You receive services from experienced counselors who specialize in meeting the unique needs of people with cancer.
- Social workers get to know you as a person so they can provide the services that are right for you. One of our social workers speaks fluent Spanish.
- A psychiatrist (medical doctor) helps you manage severe symptoms such as sleeping problems that make it hard to go about your daily life.
Problems you can talk to us about include:
- Challenges related to important care decisions
- Difficulty coping with a cancer diagnosis and the changes it brings to your life
- Strained relationships with loved ones
Our nurse navigators are always looking out for you. If you might benefit from cancer counseling services, we can explain how these services can help you and coordinate your first appointment. Read more about our nurse navigators.
Cancer counseling options
Speaking one-on-one with a counselor allows us to give you personalized recommendations. You can share any concerns you are having during individual counseling sessions.
Our counselors guide discussions in support groups where you interact with people who are experiencing some of the same things you are. We offer support groups for many topics, including women with breast cancer.
You and your loved ones work with a counselor to address challenges that are affecting your relationships. Our counselor helps each person feel heard and helps you work together toward a resolution.
Cancer counseling and psychiatric support
You may benefit from taking medications, which only a psychiatrist may prescribe. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as anxiety that keeps you up at night, we discuss how medications can help you feel better.
You’ll receive the option that’s best for your needs. Our years of experience help you get relief while avoiding side effects from medications, such as feeling dizzy or groggy.
Additional specialized support services
Living with cancer can bring feelings of loss that may be difficult to manage. We help you and your loved ones find ways to work through these feelings and make life transitions more peaceful. Read more about our grief support services.
Lymphedema support group
Some cancer treatments cause a buildup of fluid called lymph (lymphedema). This condition causes discomfort and can change your appearance. Our certified lymphedema therapists help you get relief. You also have the opportunity to share information with fellow patients through our lymphedema support group.
Our chaplains help you and your loved ones explore the many emotions you may be experiencing, including fear and hopelessness. We deliver compassionate services that help people of all faiths gain peace of mind. Find out more about pastoral care.