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
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.
Free Meditation Sessions For Cancer Patients, Survivors, And Caregivers
Stress is a very real part of a cancer diagnosis for the patient and their caregiver. Shore Medical Center, the office of Cancer Education and Early Detection and the Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health want to help you deal with that stress by offering free virtual meditation sessions for cancer patients, survivors and caretakers.
Meditation sessions are held monthly via Zoom on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with day and evening times that will vary each month. Please register for your sessions at the beginning of each month. Upon registration, you will receive a Zoom link via email.
To view upcoming dates and times and to register, visit: https://pages.berni-k.com/shore-medical-meditation/
The free meditation sessions are approximately 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for questions and answers, discussion, or speaking with the instructors.
A certified meditation instructor leads each session, either Berni Kozlowski or Jenn Taylor. Sessions are designed as a tool to help reverse the very real and devastating effect of stress, helping people on their cancer journey to restore and sustain balance in their life. That help includes those having trouble getting over the guilt of just taking a rest.
Benefits of Meditation
The benefits of mediation are many and include reducing stress and improving the ability to bounce back from challenges. An additional benefit is being able to gather within a community of other cancer patients, survivors and caretakers, working through similar stressors and emotions. The sessions are led by instructors trained to support you in learning to meditate, whether you are just trying it for the first time or if you are seasoned in meditational practices.