Support for Our Patients
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. Learn about giving.
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 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
Located at the Tunnell Cancer Center on Route 24 near Rehoboth Beach, 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.
For patients who have lost their hair, wig services are also available.
Beebe's Cancer Support Groups and Programs
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.
The Cancer Support 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.cancersupportdelaware.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.