Support for Patients & Families
Fighting cancer involves more than clinical care. Our patients say there is a “feeling of care” here. Compassionate care that recognizes you as a person… a mom or dad, son or daughter, brother, sister, friend - someone who has a life beyond cancer.
We understand how cancer affects you and your family physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Our caring team offers encouragement, openness, acceptance, commitment and support.
Our special support services include:
- Hats, wigs and turbans
Some patients undergoing cancer treatment will lose their hair. At the Aspirus Regional Cancer Center, we have a donated supply of wigs, hats and turbans available for our patients free of charge. You can make an appointment for assistance with cutting and styling the wigs with a local beautician who donates her time to the Aspirus Regional Cancer Center. If you cannot find a wig in our assortment, your doctor can write a prescription for one to take to any number of salons, which will order you a wig to match your hair color and style.
- Education Center
Our waiting room area features an education center with patient information on specific cancers and cancer-related services. You are welcome to view videos, take pamphlets, check out books and use the computer with Internet access to cancer-related sites. Volunteers are available to assist if you have questions.
- Assistance with transportation to appointments
Keeping appointments is important to cancer patients. If you have problems getting to the Aspirus Regional Cancer Center for your treatments, let us know and we’ll help you find assistance available through several different agencies. The American Cancer Society has a program called Road to Recovery where volunteers drive patients to and from appointments. Call the American Cancer Society at 715-848-2881 or 1-800-ACS-2345 to find out if this program will work for you.
- Nutritional guidance
Diet is an important part of cancer treatment. People who eat well are better able to cope with side effects and fight infection. The dietician on our cancer care team is available to talk with you about what you are eating, what you like to eat, and any eating problems you may be having. The dietician can give you and your family eating hints designed specifically for you.
- Social worker support for your personal situation
The social worker on our cancer team is available to help you deal with the stress and uncertainty of your diagnosis. The social worker can offer help with coping, home care arrangements, financial concerns and advance directives. Ask your doctor or nurse if you would like to speak with a social worker.
- Spirituality and/or pastoral care support
Spirituality means different things to different people. If you are having difficulty adjusting to your illness, you can ask to speak with a Pastoral Care Representative. They can help you deal with issues of spirituality, anxiety about your illness, problems communicating with your family and friends, coping with grief and concerns about death and dying.
Translators are available as needed. We strive to ensure that you and your family fully understand the disease and treatment plan, while respecting your cultural needs.