Support Services

We understand there is much more to cancer care than your physical health. You and your loved ones will have access to various support services during your treatment to include social services, nutrition, educational and community resources, as well as support groups and classes.

Social Services
Nutrition
Cancer Care Resource Corner
Lodging
Transportation
Online Resources
Survivor Celebration
Support Groups
Community Connection Newsletter
Download our Support Services brochure.

Social Services
Certified Oncology Social Workers Cyndy Adams, MSW, MDIV, and Laura Cardinal, MSW, LICSW, are here to assist with emotional and social health concerns that may be faced during cancer treatment. Concerns may include coping with a diagnosis, communication with family and friends, and considering treatment decisions as they relate to work and family. Social Services can also assist you in understanding social security benefits, disability benefits and locate financial assistance programs. Referrals to community agencies, information on advanced directives, transportation resources and referrals to home health care and hospice are also available. Please ask your nurse or physician for a referral or call 360-814-8255.

For additional information about social work services and oncology social work visit National Association of Social Workers and Association of Oncology Social Workers.

Nutrition
Good nutrition can assist in aiding tolerance to treatment, enhance energy level, and support the immune system. There is a myriad of information regarding cancer and nutrition available in print and via the Internet. Please proceed with caution and be aware that our center can provide a professional opinion on your current resources. Please ask your physician or nurse for a referral or call 360-814-2435.

For additional information about Cancer and Nutrition visit American Institute for Cancer Research and American Cancer Society.

Cancer Care Resource Corner (sponsored by PACCAR)
This area is designed to provide support and information for patients and families receiving treatment at the Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center. You will find books, brochures, and CDs regarding multiple cancer related topics. All materials are free of charge and the Resource Corner is available for patient and family use during normal business hours.

You will also find information about a variety of topics related to cancer at Medline Plus, a service of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

Transportation
Transportation to and from treatment can be a concern for many patients and families. Your oncology social worker can assist you in locating the resources that are most appropriate for your current needs. Please call 360-814-8255 to discuss the options that may be available to you or your loved one.

You may also consider contacting the American Cancer Society about their Road to Recovery Program. This free program offers trained volunteer drivers to provide transportation for cancer patients. For more information, please call 1-800-227-2345.

Lodging
The Sunrise Inn at our Mount Vernon campus is now available for out of area patients who would like to stay near the Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center for the week. Residence Monday through Thursday can be provided at a cost of $50 per week. Please call Oncology Social Services for further information at 360-814-8255 as these services must be pre-arranged.

The American Cancer Society also has a Lodging Program designed to provide free or reduced cost hotel accommodations for cancer patients who must travel long distances for treatment. To inquire about this program, please call 1-800-227-2345.

Survivor Celebration
Watch for more information about the 2014 Survivor Celebration on this page and in our Community Connection newsletter. 

Online Resources
Click on any of the links below to find information and support online:
American Cancer Society
CancerCare
Cancer Lifeline
Cancer Support Community
Cancer Survivors Network
Children’s Treehouse Foundation
Kids Konnected
Lance Armstrong Foundation
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Medline Plus
National Cancer Institute
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
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