Oncology Support Services
Improving quality of life for cancer patients and their families at all stages of illness.
How to Make An Appointment
To make an appointment please talk to your oncology provider, or contact:
SSM Health Cancer Care
Sauk Trails Plaza, 1200 John Q. Hammons Dr., Suite 400
Madison WI 53717
Phone: (608) 410-2700
From the minute you receive the diagnosis, through treatment, and even beyond into survivorship, life with cancer is not easy. There is a lot to think about, including the initial medical tests, and the negative side effects of chemotherapy and radiation during the treatment phase.
For many people, even moving forward from treatment can be difficult with fears of recurrence and trying to return to "life as normal." Some patients with cancer may also need to examine issues of mortality.
Many patients and their family members find it beneficial to have a professional available to talk with and help them develop strategies to improve their ability to cope during this difficult time.
Seeing a mental health provider is not a sign of weakness, but instead means that you are rallying the support you need to cope with a difficult situation for which no other experience in your life has prepared you.
Oncology Support Services focus on helping individuals and families cope with many aspects of cancer, including:
- Social factors
- Psychological factors
- Emotional factors
- Spiritual factors
- Quality-of-life factors
- Functional considerations from prevention to bereavement
Providers for Oncology Support Services
Sarah Moore, MD
Dr. Moore dedicates her work to patients and families affected by cancer. She believes every client is unique and takes a patient-centered and holistic approach to healing.
||Janice Cain, PhD
Dr. Cain has many years of experience in providing individual, family and group therapy to patients with cancer. She has a strong belief in making sure all patients and their families have a good quality of life and are able to take control of what they can.
Individual and Family Therapy
Individual and family therapy can be very beneficial for cancer patients and/or their families. Therapists can help with many issues related to cancer, including:
- Relaxation strategies
- Coping with fear and anxiety
- Pain management
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Body image issues
- Sexual changes
- Talking to family/children about your cancer
- Managing anger regarding cancer
- Fear of recurrence
- End-of-life issues
- Stress management
- Transitioning out of cancer treatment (survivorship)
- Smoking cessation
Psychiatric Assessment and Intervention
This assessment is offered by a Dean Medical Group psychiatrist who focuses on psychiatric issues in people with cancer. She helps patients improve their quality of life while coping with their cancer and symptoms such as anxiety, sadness and sleeplessness. She is also knowledgeable in the management of medications for mental health and possible drug interactions.
Dean Medical Group's social worker connects cancer patients and their families to the appropriate community resources. This includes assisting them with social concerns surrounding their diagnosis, such as emotional adjustment to illness and treatment, connection with financial assistance, transportation concerns, and education on other available community resources.