Our patient-centered support staff is here to help guide you through all the challenges and burdens that come along with a life-threatening diagnosis.
- Support Groups – Share your experiences and advice with others in similar situations.
- Navigators – A Navigator is a single, dedicated person to be the point-of-contact through the entire course of treatment. Patients have the same navigator by their side, coordinating care from the time of diagnosis through treatment and recovery and onto survivorship.
We work closely with many hospital services:
- Home Health – Home Health care gives patients the opportunity to remain at home and receive treatment under the supervision of their physician.
- Hospice – Life's final stages can be a time of comfort, growing, and sharing for families. Hospice care offers mental and spiritual preparation for death through palliative care.
- Nutrition – One of the most cost-effective cancer treatments available is early nutrition intervention because some cancer treatments may cause side effects that place oncology patients at risk for malnutrition. Augusta Health's registered dietitian will provide inpatient and outpatient support through diet, medical nutritional supplements, tube feeding, and/or parental nutrition.
- Prostate Cancer: Partners in Excellence – An imaging agent combined with a CT scan can help locate and identify the extent of prostate cancer. It also helps identify previously diagnosed prostate cancer that has spread (metastasized) to other areas within the body, such as the lymph nodes, adjacent tissue and bone
- Post-Mastectomy Consultation – Designed for women who have undergone surgery due to Breast Cancer and to help in their healing process
- Shenandoah House – The Shenandoah House is a beautiful residence nestled in a tranquil, wooded area on the Augusta Health campus. It is designed for end-of-life care, for patients no longer able to live at home without assistance or who have no suitable caregiver at home.
- Social Services – Our Social Services Department recognizes the multiple, complex needs of cancer patients, which often have social, emotional and financial aspects. Our services are available to spouses, children, siblings, parents and significant others whose lives may also be affected by the patient's cancer diagnosis and treatment. The Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders has a full-time social worker to meet with patients and other individuals as needs are identified along the continuum of care. An on-call social worker is available evenings and weekends.
- Support Groups – To help you through the cancer experience, we host a number of support groups to provide help and information.
- Therapy - Therapy may be necessary to regain strength or for secondary Lymphedema after cancer treatment.