Services for Patients
Cancer Services at UI Health offers a number of support services to help patients and their families navigate the challenges that are presented during cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment, and cancer survivorship, or the risk of inherited cancer and other cancer-related situations.
Cancer treatment and its side effects are often unpleasant and can cause discomfort and pain.
Our cancer doctors work closely with specialists in the Interventional Pain Clinic to develop pain-management treatments that provide comfort and care with minimal intervention.
Certain genetic predispositions can indicate that an individual is at greater risk of inheriting a particular type of cancer. As a result, certain screenings, exams, or preventative behaviors be necessary. Our Familial Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Unit and Familial Breast Cancer Clinic help guide patients who may be at a high risk for GI or breast cancer.
UI Health is at the forefront of research in understanding the most successful manners of fertility preservation. For women who hope for pregnancy after cancer treatment or another illness that impairs fertility, our multidisciplinary team of fertility specialists are here to help with advanced fertility treatments, including embryo, egg, and ovarian tissue freezing.
The Long-Term Survivors of Childhood Cancer Clinic was established in 2009 to provide comprehensive evaluations and care to survivors of childhood cancers, including acute leukemias, brain tumors, lymphoma, sarcoma, neuroblastoma, Wilm's Tumor, retinoblastoma, and hepatoblastoma. The Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology is Children's Oncology Group, the world-leading pediatric cancer research group in the world.
Also known as supportive care, palliative care can assist in providing services to make decisions about long-term care, treatment options, and prognosis. This may help reduce anxiety in patients and family members, as a plan of care can be established and a team of physicians, nurses, and social workers (and, often, chaplain) are involved in continuing treatment. In addition to providing comfort for the patient, palliative care is an opportunity to deal with the physical and emotional changes that come with prolonged illness and to provide an outlet to express this with the patients' best interests at heart.
Pastoral Care Services are available as a service to patients and their families. They are provided on a volunteer basis to meet spiritual needs and to listen, read holy scriptures, pray, and provide comfort.
Psychosocial Services provides support to help patients and their families navigate the dynamics that surround receiving healthcare. Our goal is to evaluate and address patients' concerns with planning, decision making, and support related to their healthcare; help them gain coping and stress management skills; and foster improved communication with their medical team.