Supportive Care Services
We understand that life is different after a diagnosis of cancer, that the effects of the disease and its treatment can present unique challenges. MD Anderson Cooper offers a wide range of services to support you and your family as you transition from active treatment and begin your life after cancer.
Behavioral Medicine Program
Many people find that counseling can help them manage the challenges of being a cancer survivor. MD Anderson Cooper is available to help manage the stress, anxiety, and coping issues you may feel as a cancer survivor or family member. Individual and group therapy sessions are available with our behavioral medicine team.
Specially trained counselors and physicians offer education about and testing for hereditary cancer risk to individuals and their families. Hereditary cancer risk counseling is typically recommended for survivors who have been diagnosed with cancer at an unusually young age or who have multiple family members who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Complementary therapies can improve stamina, enhance well-being, and reduce the stress and anxiety that can occur after treatment ends. Therapies offered at MD Anderson Cooper include massage, creative arts, reflexology, music therapy, Qi Gong, yoga, meditation, body movement, and many more. All complementary medicine programs are free for all cancer survivors and are available throughout the year in both our Camden and Voorhees locations.
For many patients, the effects of cancer and cancer treatments can make it challenging to eat well. Cancer and cancer treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, can dramatically affect your body’s ability to tolerate certain foods, use nutrients and digest food properly. Our registered dietitians are specially trained and certified in caring for cancer survivors. They provide counseling and education to help survivors maintain a healthy diet, manage your weight, and cope with digestive health issues that may linger after cancer treatment.
Palliative care is the comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms and stress of serious illness. It does not replace your primary treatment, but works together with treatment at any point in your care. Palliative care also addresses psychological, social and spiritual concerns – all to achieve the best quality of life possible.
MD Anderson Cooper health education specialists collaborate with our expert healthcare providers to provide you, your family, and your caregivers with accurate, reliable information to empower you to participate in your cancer care. We invite you to explore our resource library, where you can find an array of written resources about various types of cancer, symptoms and side effect management, genetics and family history, cancer prevention and other topics.
Cancer and its treatments can have an impact on your muscles, bones, nerves, circulatory system, and lymphatic system, resulting in problems with coordination, balance, strength, and/or flexibility. Our team of specialists is available to treat the strength, balance, stamina, and range of movement issues faced by cancer survivors from a functional, neurologic and musculoskeletal perspective. We offer physical, occupational, and lymphedema therapy to maximize each patient’s ability to carry out activities of daily living.
Tobacco Cessation Program
Psychologists and other specially trained experts offer assistance to cancer survivors and their family members to help them quit smoking. The methods used will vary depending on each person’s needs, but may include behavioral counseling and, when appropriate, medication.
For more information about supportive care services at MD Anderson Cooper cancer expert, please call 855.MDA.COOPER (855.632.2667).