Physicians

Your patient just heard “you have cancer.”  Where do you refer that patient to receive help with the emotional, psychological, social, financial, spiritual, and daily impact cancer has on his/her life?

Cancer care facilities have a whole care team to primarily treat the patient, meet medical needs and navigate the healthcare system. But, where do your patients go outside the clinical setting to also have a whole support team to help tailor a personalized cancer support plan to meet individual non-medical needs and navigate the real life issues they face every day with cancer such as…                       

  • what questions to ask the doctor at each visit
  • manage the cost of cancer and medical bills
  • deal with insurance company
  • family adjustment to a new routine
  • disruptions at home, work or school
  • transportation to and from treatment
  • childcare while at appointments
  • cope with the rollercoaster of emotions
  • high levels of distress
  • marital, relationship and intimacy challenges
  • support for the whole family
  • isolation and withdrawal
  • missing work and possible job loss
  • loss of income and financial burdens
  • survivor’s guilt
  • deal with the side effects of treatment
  • how to eat well and exercise during treatment
  • depression
  • alcohol and/or drug dependency
  • manage permanent physical impairments
  • grief and loss
  • reside in a rural community with no access to support services, educational programs, resources
  • how to stay cancer free after treatment
  • how to thrive in body, mind, spirit and life for long-term survivorship

Where is that ONE place patients, caregivers and family members can go to receive a compassionate support system to help with these real life issues and complement cancer care?  It is our plan to open a community cancer support and wellness center to be that one place!  But, we need the support of the physicians, cancer centers and community to help us make this happen. 

Men or women facing any type of cancer, at any stage of care, at any income level will have access to a cancer concierge to help tailor a personalized cancer support plan that best meets his/her evolving needs.  A full menu of ongoing professionally-led services and programs supported by research and evidence will be ongoing and always free of charge.  Imagine ONE central community resource hub to send patients to meet specific non-clinical needs and referrals to appropriate local resources. 

“Every person who walks through the doors of this homelike space can find refuge and strength from a tight-knit community giving healing support, hope and encouragement to one another so that no one journeys cancer alone.”
~ Catherine Desfosses, Founder

As a provider of ancillary support to complement cancer care, this center will offer a Cancer Concierge Program consisting of Support Services, Educational Seminars, Healthy Lifestyle Classes, Social Connections, Resources, and Local Referrals.

The inclusion of an ancillary cancer support program and outreach navigation with clinical cancer care can help improve emotional and physical well-being, build resilience, improve recovery, create a more positive experience, and enhance quality of life for your patients.  

If you are interested in learning more about our initiative to open the Community Cancer Support & Wellness Connection, or wish to be a provider partner, please contact Journey to be FREE at (828) 771-0885 or email cathy@cancersupportwnc.org.