Support

Support

Social Work Services

A cancer diagnosis can bring on new feelings and emotions. An oncology social worker can help people work through the new emotions as they travel the journey of living with cancer. The oncology social workers are important members of your health care team, and provide counseling, education and information services, and referrals to community resources for people with cancer and their families and friends. They can also help you navigate the health care system and find support to manage the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer. From adjusting to the new life of doctor’s appointments, testing and treatment, and understanding new roles and responsibilities, to accessing financial resources, to adjusting to life after treatment, the social worker is available to assist with these concerns and make referrals to outside agencies as needed. Call 334-528-1076 to speak with one of our oncology social workers.

Breast Health Navigator

A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming. From the fear of the unknown to navigating the healthcare system, the Cancer Center of East Alabama understands that it can be confusing and stressful. That is why we have on staff a certified breast health navigator to provide patient care that goes beyond the clinical. For more information, call 334-528-1343 or go to the Breast Health page.

Pastoral Care and Chapel

Pastoral care is provided for Cancer Center patients and families. Spiritual support can be a great source of strength and comfort in challenging times. The East Alabama Medical Center chaplain is available to provide non-denominational pastoral care, support and counseling, and also works closely with community religious leaders of all faiths to provide you with pastoral services. The chaplain will be happy to contact your minister or spiritual leader for you.

Our chapel, located on the first floor of East Alabama Medical Center, is available for prayer, reflection and respite. For information, call 334-528-1415 or visit the Pastoral Care site.

Support Groups

Cancer Resource Library

The Cancer Center of East Alabama hosts various support groups for those living with cancer and/or cancer survivors.

Bosom Buddies

Bosom Buddies is for women with breast cancer or who are breast cancer survivors. It meets on the 1st Thursday of the month, Jan.-May, at 6 p.m. at the EAMC Health Resource Center on Pepperell Parkway. For more information, call 334-528-4370.

Colons and Semi Colons

Colons and Semi Colons is a group created to offer support, inspiration, hope and healing for people who have experienced or who are experiencing colorectal cancer.

The group meets the 2nd Monday of each month from 5:30 -7 p.m. at the EAMC Health Resource Center.

For more information, contact Denise Pilato at denise.pilato@eamc.org.

Look Good….Feel Better

Look Good….Feel Better is a free, non-medical, product-neutral program offered in partnership with the American Cancer Society, the National Cosmetology Association, and The Personal Care Products Council Foundation. Look Good…Feel Better is a free program that teaches beauty techniques to women cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side-effects of cancer treatment. The sessions are held at the EAMC Health Resource Center on Pepperell Parkway.

Teal Magnolias

Teal Magnolias is a gynecological cancer support and education group. Our mission is to support women who are going through the journey with ovarian, cervical, uterine or other gynecological cancers. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the EAMC Health Resource Center. For more information, email tealmagnoliasal@yahoo.com, or call (334) 497-0417. Visit us on Facebook at Teal Magnolias AL.

Boutique

The Boutique is located within the Cancer Center. It is a convenient place to purchase bras and camisoles and prostheses. Women who have had mastectomies or lumpectomies may be fitted for breast prostheses at the Boutique by our professionally trained and certified fitters. Many items are covered under Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance plans, and we will file for you. Boutique hours are by appointment - call 334-528-4370 or 334-741-7410.

Cancer Resource Library

Cancer Resource Library

A cancer diagnosis is difficult. Finding information shouldn’t be. Cindi’s Library – our cancer resource library – provides a comfortable, quiet space for you to gather and review information about cancer treatment and support services. There is a special section for children as well. The library is located in the Cancer Center and is available for your use any time. If the library is not open when you arrive, just ask someone at the Cancer Center reception desk for access. For more information, visit Cindi's Library.

Advance Directives

Every day in hospitals across the country, treatment decisions are made for patients who cannot express their own wishes regarding their care. Today, federal and state laws allow YOU to choose what treatments you want and which treatments you would want discontinued or withheld should you lose your ability to make medical decisions.

Advance directives are forms you complete BEFORE a serious health condition arises which might render you unable to verbalize what types of treatment you would want or not want to receive. Advance directives, also known as living wills, allow you to make legally valid decisions about your future medical treatment. Even after signing these documents, you may change or cancel the documents at any time, but any changes must be written, signed and dated. For more information, click here.

Patient Satisfaction

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