The Shore Cancer Center's mission includes a commitment to reduce stress and discomfort, thereby allowing the patient to focus on healing and recovery. An important part of fulfilling that mission is providing services beyond the clinical need -- building a safety net of supportive care programs to enhance the healing process.
Extra services that make a difference
Shore Medical Center provides a wide variety of supportive services to cancer patients and their loved ones, including:
- Nutritional support
- Patient Navigation Services
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Social services
- Referrals to home care and other services outside the Shore Medical Center program
Cancer Center Patient Navigation Services
Cancer care patient navigation offers individualized guidance and support to people who are faced with a suspicious finding or a cancer diagnosis. One-on-one sessions with a trained Navigator provide the information needed to guide the patient through the treatment process. Pre- and post-surgery consultations with healthcare professionals help patients and families understand any surgery that may be performed and answer any concerns or questions the patient and family may have.
- Cancer Support Groups
Cancer-specific support groups provide an excellent forum to share resources and information, meet others in the area dealing with the challenges associated with cancer management and draw emotional support. Groups are available for cancer survivors, family members and friends.
Gilda's Club South Jersey
Gilda’s Club South Jersey offers support groups, lectures, workshops and social events as a supplement to medical care in a warm and welcoming home-like setting. Their program is free of charge and open to everyone touched by cancer. For more information call 609-926-2699 or visit www.gildasclubsouthjersey.org.
- Support Programs
Look Good…Feel Better®
Look Good…Feel Better group programs are offered at the Shore Cancer Center. These programs are free, non-medical and product-neutral programs offered in partnership with the American Cancer Society, the National Cosmetology Association and the Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation.
At Look Good…Feel Better, people with cancer are taught to cope with skin changes and hair loss by using cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry. Participants learn special techniques for wearing hats, wigs and scarves.
After a make-up consultation, a free cosmetic kit is provided to each participant. To find out more information about Look Good…Feel Better or to schedule an appointment for the program, call 1-800-395-LOOK.
The cancer care team includes qualified clinical dietitians, who help patients develop healthy eating habits and manage the dietary requirements associated with cancer symptoms, medications and treatment programs.
Social Services and Psychological Counseling
Stress and anxiety often go hand-in-hand with a cancer diagnosis. You are not alone in your fight. Shore Medical Center provides trained experts to help manage the emotional and psychological side effects of cancer management for both patients and loved ones.
Shore Medical Center's discharge planning and social services professionals also help patients access any required after-treatment services, including home care; physical and occupational therapy; specialized equipment and training; and other community-based health care services.
For more information about cancer support services at Shore Medical Center, call 609-653-3585.