At the GHS 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 (CSC) at GHS 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GHS 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.
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
The Cancer Registry is a database that collects data and reports on oncology cases seen throughout GHS. 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 GHS’ Cancer Registry.
New Cold Cap Therapy Reduces Hair Loss
The Eastside location (65 International Drive) of the GHS 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: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm565599.htm.
GHS 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.
GHS conducted several free cancer screenings in the community in 2017:
Screenings followed National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines and best practices. Anyone with an abnormal result was provided follow-up treatment.
GHS also hosted a series of colon cancer lunch-and-learn’s in March. Eighty-eight people attended the free seminars, which were led by Cedrek McFadden, MD, GHS colon & rectal surgeon, and covered the prevention, detection and treatment of colon cancer.
GHS 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.
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.
Evidenced-based music therapy strategies, individualized to the needs of acutely ill patients, have been shown to decrease anxiety, decrease pain perception, increase general overall well being, and provide avenues for patients undergoing cancer treatment to voice their concerns, and connect more deeply with their loved ones. “Music therapy is a welcome addition to the integrative tools at CIOS. What makes music therapy unique is its innate ability to bring down the walls between us. The ability to relate is that much easier with music as a medium,” reports Gina Franco MSN, NP and manager of CIOS.
The Converse Music Therapy Program has partnered with CIOS to implement a music therapy program. Scope of music therapy services initially will span adult and children, inpatient and outpatient oncology clinics and floors. Services will be provided to individuals and groups for these areas. Elizabeth York, PhD, chair of Music Education and Music Therapy at Converse College, states, “The Converse College Music Therapy program is pleased to expand access to music therapy services through our partnership with the GHS Cancer Institute. Not only will patients and their families benefit, but students pursuing a degree in music therapy will have the opportunity for clinical training under the supervision of a board certified music therapist.”
For more information on the Music Therapy Program, contact Gina Franco at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (864) 455-1346.
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.
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.
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.
GHS 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.
Cancer Warriors, a support group for male cancer survivors, meets the third Thursday of every month at the GHS Cancer Institute’s Eastside Office located at 65 International Drive, Greenville.
To register, contact Patrick Sullivan at (864) 987-7000, ext. 1251 or email email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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In addition to the above services, our registered dietitians offers the following:
Schedule an appointment with one of our nutritionists by calling (864) 455-1346.
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