Patient Support

At the Prisma Health Cancer Institute, survivorship begins the day of your cancer diagnosis. In addition to treatment protocols, patients benefit from programs and services offered through the Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship and other support services.

Cancer Support Community

Cancer Support Community (CSC) at Prisma Health offers support programs to address the social and emotional needs of all cancer survivors. An individual is a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis, and not only the individual, but anyone who is affected such as family members, friends or caregivers.  The programs offered through CSC are open to anyone impacted by a cancer diagnoses. All programs are free of charge, evidence based and facilitated by licensed professionals.

We believe social and emotional support is as important as medical care in the face of a cancer diagnosis. From the moment of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, the effects of cancer aren’t only physical—there is a profound emotional and social impact as well. Joining a community of people who have experienced cancer firsthand can decrease the sense of isolation and be empowering.

Programs and Services

Healthy Living
Based on the belief that mind/body connection improves outcomes, our wellness programs are aimed at strengthening the mind as well as the body.  CSC offers programs such as yoga, a walking club, and music therapy.

Support Services
You are not alone – we are here to support you on  your cancer journey; members receive personal care from professional staff and valuable, heartfelt knowledge from other members.

Empowerment through classes, evidence based workshops, and print materials. Classes in complementary therapies such as reiki, aromatherapy and acupuncture are offered monthly. Workshops are offered intermittently and include topics such as quality of life with chronic cancer, living wills and talking to your kids about cancer.

Additional education opportunities include:
Frankly Speaking About Cancer® Education Series provides sound medical and psychological information for cancer patients and their loved ones. Sample topics include; Spotlight on Breast Reconstruction, Cancer Treatments and Side Effects, Ten Tips for Caregivers, Spotlight on New Discoveries, Living Healthy with Cancer, and Frankly Speaking about Lung Cancer. Call (864) 455-5809 for more information, or access these materials online at Cancer Support Community.

Social Connections
Bonding with other cancer survivors is one of the greatest benefits of our program. Supportive friendships are built through our social events and programs such as CSC Book Club, Card Making, Coffee Chat and other social gatherings.

Stay up to date on all of our activities by checking our event calendar.

View Cancer Support Community Calendar

Additional Services

Cancer Support Helpline®  1-888-793-9355
Whether you are newly diagnosed with cancer, a long-time cancer survivor, or caring  for someone with cancer, CSC’s Cancer Support Helpline is available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.  A counselor will assist with information about local resources and help talk through some of the emotional and social worries cancer sometimes brings.

Cancer Experience Registry® 
A unique community of cancer survivors who are sharing their experiences to enhance the lives of others living with cancer. Share your experience while getting connected to vital survivorship resources. Join Cancer Experience Registry now.

Patient and Caregiver Resources

Prisma Health Cancer Institute works to encourage every individual and family affected by cancer to have the best quality of life possible. We hope the resources included in our Survive and Thrive Resource Directory will help you achieve this goal.

Most caregivers go above and beyond to provide care for their loved ones, and sometimes their own needs can be overlooked. We understand the weight and responsibility of being a caregiver.  We’ve created a booklet specifically to address issues and answer questions related to the task of care giving.

Everyone Needs Healthy Bones

Jo W. Weathers, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
Survivorship Nurse Navigator presents Frankly Speaking Workshop on BONE HEALTH
This video workshop focuses on:
-Bone Health in general
-How cancer and cancer treatments affect your bones
-What is osteoporosis/what are bone metastasis
-And most specifically on how survivors can keep bones healthy

Cancer Registry

The Cancer Registry is a database that collects data and reports on oncology cases seen throughout Prisma Health. Currently, information on more than 40,000 cases is in the database.

Data from the Cancer Registry is being compared annually to the National Cancer Database to identify opportunities for improvement and ultimately to improve cancer care in the Upstate. Reports and data from the Cancer Registry are routinely provided to quality improvement committees and to physicians conducting special studies or research projects.

We invite you to be a part of the transformation of cancer care by joining Prisma Health’ss Cancer Registry.

Join Prisma Health Cancer Registry

Cold Cap Therapy

New Cold Cap Therapy Reduces Hair Loss

The Eastside location (65 International Drive) of the Prisma Health Cancer Institute recently completed its first DigniCap therapy with a patient. The DigniCap® Scalp Cooling System reduces the likelihood of chemotherapy-induced alopecia in cancer patients with solid tumors. Many patients have experienced less than 10% hair loss with DigniCap!

The technology, initially approved only for females with breast cancer, is now an option for any patient, male or female, with a solid tumor. Nurses at the Eastside location have all received training in this new technology as the Cancer Institute strives to be the provider of choice for cancer care in the Southeast. Click here for more info:

Community Outreach

Prisma Health hosts a number of free or low-cost health events in the community each year, a number of which are focused on the early detection and prevention of cancer.

Prisma Health conducted several free cancer screenings in the community in 2017:

  • Oral cancer screening: 31 people were screened at the offices of Greenville Ear, Nose and Throat in April
  • Prostate cancer screening: 65 men were screened at the University Center in September as part of Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day
  • Colon cancer screening: 10 patients were screened and 3 received a screening colonoscopy at Prisma Health

Screenings followed National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines and best practices. Anyone with an abnormal result was provided follow-up treatment.

Prisma Health also hosted a series of colon cancer lunch-and-learns in March. Eighty-eight people attended the free seminars, which were led by Cedrek McFadden, MD, Prisma Health colon & rectal surgeon, and covered the prevention, detection and treatment of colon cancer.

Home Health

Prisma Health offers a full line of home health services for homebound adults living in Greenville and Pickens counties. Services include skilled nursing care, therapy services, personal care services and medical social services.

Learn more about Prisma Health Home Health


Hospice care provides compassionate care for people in the last phases of life-limiting illnesses who have decided to discontinue curative treatment. Hospice provides pain management and treatment for anxiety and other symptoms related to the disease process, all under the direction of the patient’s attending physicians. Hospice also provides medication, medical supplies and equipment needed to manage a patient’s symptoms.

Learn more about Prisma Health Hospice of the Foothills and hospice affiliates

Palliative Care

The goal of Palliative Care is to facilitate communication among the patient, family members and all healthcare providers across the continuum of care. Palliative Care addresses the patient’s choices and goals for treatment, provides effective symptom management and helps to achieve the best quality of life for patients facing serious illness.

Palliative Care provides assistance with care coordination and time-intensive communication between patients and family. Our services are available to people of any age and at any stage of illness and can be received along with curative treatments.

Learn more about Prisma Health Palliative Care

Psychosocial Support

Psychosocial care is an integral part of survivorship.

From the moment of diagnosis through treatment and beyond, the effects of cancer aren’t only physical. There are profound emotional and social effects as well. We recognize that cancer adds yet another difficult layer to the many challenges one already is dealing with in life. We offer individual counseling to help navigate this journey. Please call (864) 455-1346 to make an appointment.

Research has shown that psychotherapy may improve a patient’s quality of life. It can help reduce anxiety and depression that sometimes occur in people with cancer. It also can help people cope with cancer and the changes in their lives.

The Suscro Distress Inventory (SDI) is used to assess individual’s distress levels in multiple facets of life. If an individual scores high on this inventory, he or she is referred to the distress management coordinator who will further assess his or her needs and provide assistance connecting with services, resources and community support.

Spiritual Care

The hospital chapel offers a quiet place for prayer and meditation for anyone of any faith and is open 24 hours a day with the exception of scheduled private services.

While a chaplain always is on call for comfort and counsel, CIOS has a chaplain dedicated exclusively to cancer survivorship. The CIOS chaplain is on-site Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. Spiritual care is available on an individual basis as well as through support groups.

Prisma Health respects and honors the many cultural, spiritual and ethnic backgrounds of our patients and visitors. If we can help you in any way, please contact us at (864) 455-7942.

Chapel Locations

  • Greenville Memorial Hospital (first floor, near the visitor elevators)
  • Greer Memorial Hospital (second floor, behind the surgery waiting area)
  • Hillcrest Memorial Hospital (first floor, next to the intensive care unit)
  • Patewood Memorial Hospital (first floor, across from the gift shop)

Learn more about Spiritual Care

Support Groups & Classes

Cancer Warriors

Cancer Warriors, a support group for male cancer survivors, meets the third Thursday of every month at the Prisma Health Cancer Institute’s Eastside Office located at 65 International Drive, Greenville.

To register, contact Patrick Sullivan at (864) 987-7000, ext. 1251 or email

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) Woman to Woman Program

Woman to Woman is a FREE program that pairs patients with a gynecologic
cancer with professionally trained, supervised volunteers/survivors who
provide one-on-one emotional support and mentoring.

  • Survivor volunteers listen and can provide advice, support,
    encouragement, friendship and insights that can only come from
    someone with a personal gynecologic cancer experience.
  • Your Woman to Woman volunteer will be with you through your cancer
  • The program is flexible and based on your needs, desires and preferences.

Interested in having a volunteer walk with you through your cancer journey? Please call Candace Sprouse at (864) 455-5694. Interested in becoming a volunteer/mentor for this program? Please call Armand DeSollar at (864) 455-6251.

Cancer Support Community

Anyone who is affected by an individual’s cancer—patient, family member, friend, or caregiver—is welcome to participate in the free programs facilitated by licensed professionals.

View Cancer Event Calendar

Survive and Thrive

Your survival journey begins with a cancer diagnosis. Our oncology experts have created a blog, Survive and Thrive, which is dedicated to addressing issues around cancer.

Read Survive and Thrive Blog Posts

Nutrition Counseling

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Nutrition counseling is provided by a registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist (RD, LD) with years of oncology experience to help you maintain and enhance nutritional status across the continuum of care.

Individualized nutrition counseling can help you survive and thrive during cancer treatment by …

  • Increasing calorie and protein intake
  • Optimizing nutrition before and after surgery, chemo and/or radiation therapy
  • Providing therapeutic nutrition counseling for people with cancer along with diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease and other nutrition-related conditions
  • Providing guidelines for healthy general and vegetarian diets
  • Helping maintain lean body mass during treatment
  • Offering weight management guidance
  • Managing eating problems and nutrition-related symptoms of cancer and cancer therapy
  • Providing nutrition assessment and counseling to reduce risk of cancer recurrence
  • Providing education and management of tube feedings or IV nutrition
  • Answering questions and offering recommendations on vitamins, minerals, herbs and/or nutrition supplements
  • Providing general diet tips and recipes for a healthy lifestyle, cancer prevention or survivorship
  • Helping improve tolerance for cancer therapy and reducing the chance of therapy interruption
  • Continuing nutrition support through cancer therapy and beyond

In addition to the above services, our registered dietitians offers the following:

  • Food preparation tips
  • Sick-day management
  • Ways to reduce weight shifts
  • Strategies to improve quality of life
  • Monthly “Nutrition and Cancer” classes at the Prisma Health Life Center® Health & Conditioning Club
  • Grocery store tours
  • Weight management classes
  • Recipe modifications
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • How to make sense of nutrition misinformation related to cancer and general health

Schedule an appointment with one of our nutritionists by calling (864) 455-1346.

How May We Help You Today?

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"I am a survivor."

I realized there were only three risk factors I couldn’t change: my age, my sex and my family history. Now my body and my mind are much better prepared to deal with anything that comes up.”

-Ginny Cartee, Breast Cancer Survivor
CIOS and Cancer Support Community Volunteer

Contact Us: (864) 455-7070

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