While facing cancer is certainly a life-changing experience, we strive to support you in every way we can so you can maintain the optimistic attitude and good emotional health that play a vital role in the effectiveness of treatment.
|A shuttle bus is used to transport patients who do not have their own transportation to and from the Tunnell Cancer Center.|
Supportive counseling services are available for you, your spouse, significant other, and family members. We provide referrals to community agencies and resources. We help you find prescription assistance if you cannot afford the costs of prescriptions (and meet income qualifications). There are various local, state, and federal programs that can assist with prescription costs. Also, various pharmaceutical companies offer prescription assistance for which you may qualify. Van transportation on the Tunnell shuttle to and from treatment sessions and or appointments is available should you not have a way to get to and from the cancer center. A variety of support groups and community education is offered. We provide assistance in navigating the various social service systems that may offer you additional assistance and support.
Oncology-certified nurses and staff are available—at initial consultations, and before and after treatments—for routine questions and individual queries. We discuss with patients and family members any possible side effects a patient might have, and we help find a way to handle those side effects. Patients and families will also have the full support of Beebe, which is only steps away.
Jean & Joan Fund Recovery and Education Center
|Cancer Care Coordinator Clare Wilson, RN, left, discusses care options with Vicki Moore in the Jean & Joan New Reflection Center.|
Located at the Tunnell Cancer Center, the Jean & Joan New Reflection and Education Center provides a wide range of information as well as physical and emotional recovery services for breast cancer patients. Image recovery is a key goal of the education center, which offers wig and prosthesis fitting, lymphedema products, facts about medications and chemotherapy, as well as information on support groups and outreach services.
Breast cancer patients can obtain mastectomy prosthesis fittings by Peninsula Home Health Care, Inc., and obtain wigs at the center through a wig bank program that we offer with the support of Today's Hair, a wig and hair replacement shop in Rehoboth Beach. The center's library is stocked with the latest breast cancer education materials.
Beebe's Cancer Support Groups and Programs
Ruth Edwards and her husband, Jim, own the Virden House Bed & Breakfast, in Lewes – a retreat location.
Talking with others who are going through similar experiences to yours can help both you and your family cope with your circumstances. In addition to learning from others, sharing your thoughts and emotions with a group can help you feel more in control of your situation. Support groups offered at the cancer center include:
One-Day Breast Cancer Retreats Day Away Retreats for women currently in treatment. The intent of these retreats is to explore the survivorship process through self-care and creativity. "Being Young with Cancer" — a bi-weekly support group for women Healing through meditation
Ask your nurse or social worker for additional information and schedules, or call (302) 645-3171.
The Wellness Community, Delaware, a support organization for cancer patients and their families, has located its local office above the cancer center. Its free programs are facilitated by licensed and experienced psychotherapists. Staff members of The Wellness Community and the cancer center work together to engage patients in these programs. You can reach The Wellness Community at (302) 645-9150, or online at www.wellnessdelaware.org.
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, another local support services and education provider, can be reached at (302) 644-6844 or online at www.debreastcancer.org. Among its services is the Peer Mentor Support Program, which provides free one-on-one support and education to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.
The American Cancer Society also offers support services that you may be interested in. They can be reached at (800) 227-2345 or online at www.cancer.org. Programs include:
I Can Cope, an educational program for people facing cancer personally or as a friend or family caregiver. Look Good Feel Better, a program that teaches women cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Reach to Recovery, a program that offers individual support to breast cancer patients from breast cancer survivors.